is moving from the web to TV. Only it’s not TV—it’s HBO.
announced today that Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the creators of High Maintenance, would be making six new episodes exclusively for HBO. Also the show’s older episodes, which streamed online through Vimeo, will become available through HBO, HBO Go and HBO Now.
“We have been growing this show organically for three years now, and we are elated to bring it into full maturity at HBO, the gold-standard of both online and televised entertainment,” said Blichfeld and Sinclair, ostensibly at the exact same time, like the twins from The Shining.
If you haven’t seen High Maintenance, watch what you can online now in case the HBO deal pulls them from Vimeo. It’s probably the most critically praised online-only TV show, and not just by stoners. Sure, it follows a pot delivery guy, played by Sinclair, as he makes deliveries throughout New York, but what makes the show so great is how it explores the lives of a socioeconomically diverse cross-section of modern day Americans, and usually without the cynicism or crassness that’s so common today. Most importantly, though, it’s just funny. Smart and funny, which is kind of HBO’s brand. As HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo says in HBO’s press release, “High Maintenance has proven to be one of today’s most highly-acclaimed online comedies. We are thrilled to bring this sophisticated and clever series to our HBO audience.”
There’s no time frame yet for the new episodes, and HBO hasn’t said if they’ll have a standard 30-minute running time. High Maintenance episodes run anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain the same high level of quality in longer episodes. We’ll let you know more when we can.