×

Kathy Bates and Chuck Lorre Talk Their Netflix Pot Comedy ‘Disjointed’

Kathy Bates’ first Emmy — after 10 previous nominations — came from an unexpected role. The Oscar winner scored the accolade for her guest spot on a 2012 episode of “Two and a Half Men” playing … wait for it … the ghost of Charlie Harper, the character created by Charlie Sheen. The casting was nothing short of genius.

Chuck Lorre, the creator of “Two and a Half Men,” had never met Bates before. “But when I pitched the idea to her, she immediately got the surreal, twisted nature of the whole thing,” he says.

It was the start of a beautiful relationship, one that will continue when Bates headlines the Netflix comedy “Disjointed” from Lorre and David Javerbaum, a former head writer on “The Daily Show.” “I can’t wait to work with Chuck again,” she says. “It’s going to be a really fun, interesting show.”

Lorre says: “Kathy plays Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a woman whose lifelong mission has been to decriminalize marijuana. She’s something of an icon in that movement. The series is about what happens when that mission is accomplished. She is faced with running a legal cannabis establishment with her son and a staff of young budtenders. Business, family, and romance are difficult — they’re harder stoned.”

Lorre is known for putting together great ensembles, such as “The Big Bang Theory,” and Bates says “Disjointed” is no exception. “Chuck is so great at casting and he’s already putting together some exciting young actors,” Bates notes. That includes Jessica Lu, whom Bates worked with on “American Horror Story: Hotel” last year. “I think she’s one of the kids I killed,” Bates notes. (Spoiler alert: she did.) Also announced are Aaron Moten and Dougie Baldwin.

Lorre says he’s excited to get back to work with Bates. “She epitomizes ‘the show must go on’ ethos,” he notes. “The night we shot the ‘Two and a Half Men’ episode, she broke her toe an hour before show time. I was ready to shut it down, but she insisted on performing. And she did. And she was amazing — hilarious and flawless.”

More TV

  • NBC News - Quibi

    NBC News to Produce Two Daily Shows for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi

    NBC News has joined Quibi’s ambitious bid to build a mobile subscription TV service. NBCUniversal’s news division plans to build a custom set at 30 Rock where it will produce daily morning and evening newscasts, seven days per week, for Quibi, the well-funded mobile video startup from chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman. The [...]

  • David Harbour Comedy Special 2019

    TV Review: 'Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein'

    One thing the new mockumentary “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” does quite well is prove that there are perks to appearing on a streaming service’s signature hit. David Harbour, the stolid and familiar presence from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” is given the opportunity to cut loose here with a broad, loopy half-hour that feels a bit like [...]

  • BAFTA headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London

    BAFTA Undertakes Major Renovation of Its London Headquarters

    BAFTA has undertaken a major renovation of its London headquarters that will double the building’s capacity and increase space devoted to the British academy’s programs to promote skills training and new talent. Work has already begun on the $31 million overhaul, which is expected to take two years. In the interim, BAFTA will relocate its [...]

  • Picture shows: MAKING OF - Underwater

    Netflix Orders 'Oceans' Natural History Series From 'Blue Planet II' Creator

    Netflix has ordered a multi-part natural history series on the world’s oceans from Freeborne Media, the production outfit of acclaimed natural-history producer James Honeyborne, who created “Blue Planet II.” Each of the series’ episodes will focus on a different ocean, “combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new [...]

  • 13 REASONS WHY

    Netflix Revises Controversial '13 Reasons Why' Suicide Scene

    Netflix has edited the controversial suicide scene from “Thirteen Reasons Why” two years after the show originally premiered. “We’ve heard from many young people that ’13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement Monday. “As we [...]

  • Russell Tovey on His 'Arrogant and

    Russell Tovey on His 'Arrogant and Heroic' 'Years and Years' Character

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the fourth episode of “Years and Years.” Russell T. Davies’ limited series “Years and Years” began with a birth, but it did not wait until the finale to book-end the story with a death. In the fourth episode of the multi-year spanning family drama, [...]

  • Hugh GRant photographed by Shayan Asgharnia

    Listen: Hugh Grant on Why He Would Kill Social Media if He Could

    Hugh Grant has been very active in U.K. press reform initiatives, but he knows the problem is even bigger than the media moguls who control the world’s major news outlets. That’s why Hacked Off, the campaign he’s involved with, is also expanding its scope to include the impact of online propaganda. “It’s particularly terrifying, the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content