Adam Rose joins Amazon’s pot comedy pilot
James R | On 01, Dec 2016
Adam Rose will co-star in Amazon’s pilot for its pot comedy series Budding Prospects.
Directed by Bad Santa’s Terry Zwigoff, the series is based on the TC Boyle novel of the same name, following three hapless city boys move from San Francisco to the country to grow their own pot. But The Summer Camp soon fails to live up to expectations, with the law and neighbours proving as unfriendly as the local wildlife.
Written by Melissa Axelrod, it already stars Will Sasso as one of the three leads – Gesh, a “big unruly guy who is smarter than he seems” – and Joel David Moore as Phil. Now, he’ll be joined by Veronica Mars’ Adam Rose, who will play Felix, described by Deadline as “a lovelorn romantic who is sensitive, brooding, vulnerable and ruefully self-aware but also likable and compelling”.
Zwigoff and Axelrod are exec producers on the plot, alongside Vincent Landay, and Joanna Colbert as co-executive producer.
Rose is no stranger to the streaming world: he has recently signed up for a guest role on Netflix’s comedy series, Santa Clarita Diet.
Budding Prospects: Amazon greenlights weed comedy
2nd October 2016
Weed is the flavour the month in streaming land: hot on the heels of Netflix order Disjointed from Chuck Lorre, Amazon is getting in on the marijuana game.
The streaming site has just commissioned a series called Budding Prospects, based on the TC Boyle novel of the same name. Melissa Axelrod is making her debut writing the adaptation, but the show boasts a promising familiar name at the helm: Terry Zwigoff, who brought us the worryingly funny comedy Bad Santa.
While Netflix’s weed series is set in the present day, Budding takes place in the 1980s, with three hapless city boys move from San Francisco to the country to grow their own pot. But The Summer Camp soon fails to live up to expectations, with the law and neighbours proving as unfriendly as the local wildlife.
Deadline reports that Will Sasso is already on board as one of the leads, playing Gesh, a “big unruly guy who is smarter than he seems”. Sasso, who is currently shooting Super Trooper 2, appeared as Curly in the 2012 reboot of The Three Stooges and is a veteran of MADtv. Zwigoff and Axelrod, meanwhile are exec producers on the show, alongside Vincent Landay and Joanna Colbert.
The concept is nothing to sniff at. Both Disjointed and Budding follow in the footsteps of another successful pot series: High Maintenance, which made the jump from a Vimeo original to become an HBO series. The commission of the show marks Amazon’s continuing expansion of its original line-up, with the streaming show recently ordering three full seasons of its latest pilots: I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick. Pilots for The Legend of Master Legend and The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel are also in development.