If you’ve been longing for more Kathy Bates (and if you’re not, you’re doing it wrong) today brings good news. The Oscar and Emmy-winning actress, and recent American Horror Story regular, is teaming up with TV mega-producer Chuck Lorre for a new Netflix comedy, Disjointed. Netflix has ordered Disjointed straight to series with an initial order of 20 episodes for the stonerific half-hour multi-camera comedy, which will star Bates as a lifelong marijuana advocate who’s living the dream as the owner of her own Los Angeles cannabis dispensary.
Naturally, the first series to come to mind here is Weeds, but with Lorre’s involvement, the multi-cam format, and the fact that Bates’ cannabis connoisseur is working on the right side of the law, odds are Disjointed will be a different beast entirely. Most likely a pretty straight-up comedy. Whether or not that’s a good thing is a matter of taste. My feelings on Lorre’s comedy lineup range from ambivalence (Mike & Molly, Mom) to outright dislike (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory).
Needless to say, I’m not his biggest fan, but I am the biggest fan of the idea of a Kathy Bates-led comedy, so I’m willing to give this a good look before making judgment. AHS mastermind Ryan Murphy already gifted us with the Jessica Lange renaissance and if we get a Kathy Bates resurgence out of the deal, you can find me quietly fist-pumping in the corner.
Here’s the official Disjointed logline: “Disjointed is a workplace comedy starring Kathy Bates as a lifelong advocate for legalization who’s finally living her dream as the owner of an L.A.–area cannabis dispensary. Joining her are three budtenders, her twenty-something son and a deeply troubled security guard. All of them are more or less constantly high.”