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Chuck Lorre's next sitcom to be on Netflix

Kathy Bates to star in ‘Big Bang Theory’ producer’s pot comedy

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Legendary sitcom producer Chuck Lorre’s next sitcom isn’t going to be on broadcast.

Netflix has ordered a new workplace comedy series from the man behind CBS’ Two and a Half Men, Mom, Mike & Molly and TV’s most popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

The show is titled Disjointed and stars American Horror Story actress and Oscar nominee 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.”

The half-hour “multi-camera”-style comedy (meaning it’s shot in front of a studio audience) has been ordered straight to series, with an initial order of 20 episodes. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Bates previously played a reincarnated Charlie Harper, of sorts, in a guest star appearance on Lorre’s Men.

Lorre has a long association with CBS, but has also pushed the boundaries of broadcast standards with oft-bawdy humor. With the show’s pot dispensary setting, the series was probably a tough sell for a traditional network.