It should not surprise anyone under the age of fifty that a show about the rising marijuana movement would find its way onto network television. The Fox Network, who has never been afraid of pushing the envelope when it comes to cutting edge humor, wins today’s cool news award. According to Deadline, Fox is developing the smoke-filled comedy from former Entourage executive producers; Robb Weiss, Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson of The Happy Tree production company. Weiss is slated to co-write the pilot script along with Jay Leggett and Blake Leibel.
The show is to center on a brilliant young corporate attorney who, after a nervous breakdown, quits his job and seeks a life of peace and serenity on Venice Beach. Somehow he finds himself the unlikely voice for the marijuana “legalize it” movement.
The idea is fascinating on many levels, not the least of which is media once again using its medium to push an “underground” social commentary out into the mainstream to desensitize the public and foster support. Remember when shows like All in the Family, One Day at a Time, Married with Children and The Simpsons were considered too risqué, shocking and amoral? Fans of Pineapple Express rejoice! How soon until we all recite with regularity….”Hey man, got any munchies”?