Netflix’s Disjointed to light up this August
VOD News | On 21, Apr 2017
Netflix’s Disjointed will premiere this August. Chuck Lorre’s pot-smoking series offers a modern twist on the American Dream, a story of the highs, the lows, and half-baked drama of a family-run marijuana dispensary.
The workplace comedy stars Kathy Bates as a lifelong advocate for legalisation who’s finally living her dream as the owner of an L.A.–area cannabis dispensary. Joining her are three budtenders, her 20-something son and a deeply troubled security guard. All of them are more or less constantly high.
All episodes will be released on Friday 25th August. Read on below for more about the show – or watch the teaser video announcing the series’ release date:
Tone Bell to co-star in Netflix’s Disjointed
7th August 2016
Tone Bell has joined the main ensemble of Netflix’s pot-themed comedy series, Disjointed.
Created by Chuck Lorre, the show stars Katy Bates as Ruth, the owner of an LA cannabis dispensary. She’s supported by several budtenders, her son and a troubled security guard, who are “more or less constantly high”.
The stoner supporting cast has been fleshed out in the weeks since the show’s initial announcement. The budtenders are being played by Jessica Lu and Dougie Baldwin, while her son, Travis, is being played by Aaron Moten.
Now, the show has found its security in Tone Bell. The comedian, who starred in Truth Be Told, will be a regular in the series, playing Carter, a “military veteran who served in Afghanistan”, reports Deadline.
Bell joins the project fresh from a regular role on The Flash Season 2, where he played Iris’ new boss, Scott Evans – the editor of Central City Picture News – over a multi-episode arc. Bell has also co-created a scripted comedy based on his life, which he has sold to FX, which he will star in, as well as write and exec produce.
Jessica Lu joins Netflix’s Disjointed
3rd August 2016
Jessica Lu is the latest cast member to join Netflix’s Disjointed.
Chuck Lorre’s pot comedy series, which stars Kathy Bates as the owner of an LA cannabis dispensary, has been building its cast in recent weeks, with Dougie Baldwin and Aaron Moten both joining the ensemble.
Lu will play a regular role in the programme as one of Bates’ budtenders – alongside Baldwin’s other budtender, Pete. Deadline reports that she will play “a big-hearted, type A over-achiever trying to medicate herself back to normal”.
Lu will next be seen in Saving the Human Race, which premieres this autumn in the US on The CW.
Dougie Baldwin and Aaron Moten join Kathy Bates in Netflix’s Disjointed
31st July 2016
Dougie Baldwin has joined the cast of Netflix’s pot comedy, Disjointed.
The young Australian actor will co-star with Kathy Bates in the series, which is created by Chuck Lorre and former head writer of The Daily Show David Javerbaum.
Netflix ordered 20 episodes of the show, which sees Bates play Ruth, an advocate for the legalisation of marijuana who now runs an LA-based cannabis dispensary. Baldwin will play Pete, a budtender at the dispensary, who looks to Ruth for inspiration.
Baldwin comes to the series following a lead role as Felix in Emmy award-winning Australia show Nowhere Boys.
TV Line also reports that Aaron Moten has also joined the show as regular supporting character Travis, Ruth’s son, who is “confident of his mother’s ability to run their shop, but has bigger visions for what the dispensary could one day become”.
Moten will be more recognisable to TV fans in the UK, as he’s been a recurring presence in Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime Video, playing young symphony board member Erik Winkelstrauss.
Netflix picks up pot comedy series from Chuck Lorre
14th July 2016
Netflix has picked up a pot-themed comedy series for its growing line-up of originals.
Disjointed, from CBS favourite Chuck Lorre, is co-written by David Javerbaum (a former head writer for The Daily Show), stars Kathy Bates – the kind of ensemble you’d expect it to find an immediate home at the US TV network, with Chuck Lorre Productions having produced The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Mike & Molly and Two And A Half Men all for them. The comedy spec script was shopped around in January, though, to no avail.
Now, Deadline reports that the programme (part of Lorre’s overall deal with Warner Bros. TV) has been rewritten, and this time, the streaming giant didn’t wait to light up.
Bates plays a lifelong campaigner for the legalisation of weed, who is living her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles-based cannabis dispensary. The multi-camera series also features three “budtenders”, her twenty-something son and a “deeply troubled security guard”. Casting hasn’t been announced for these roles, but you can expect them to be high for most of the runtime.
Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of the show. The SVOD service hasn’t given up on its serious side, though: the Disjointed commission follows an announcement that family drama Bloodline has been renewed for a third season, due in 2017.