HBO is known for its edgy programming, and everything about one of its newest comedies this fall, High Maintenance, is very now. It's based on a web series of the same name that follows a marijuana deliveryman as he makes his rounds in New York. So will HBO keep High Maintenance around and renew it for Season 2?
Yes, the cabler does plan on lighting up with High Maintenance once again. HBO announced in September shortly after the series premiere that it had greenlit a second season of High Maintenance , as reported by Deadline. “The response to the new episodes exceeded all of our expectations,” Casey Bloys, the president of HBO programming, said in a statement. “[Series creators] Ben [Sinclair] and Katja [Blichfeld] are brilliant, unconventional storytellers, and we’re excited to see what they dream up for us in our second season.”
Unfortunately, a premiere date for Season 2 of High Maintenance did not come along with that announcement. Since new seasons of most HBO series tend to premiere once a year, we can probably expect Season 2 of High Maintenance to drop sometime in 2017, and I would guess around the fall.
High Maintenance's jump from the Internet to a major cable network is certainly impressive, but it's not the only web series to have achieved such a feat. In fact, it's not even the only HBO comedy to be inspired by a web series this season. So when you're done watching all six episodes of Season 1 of High Maintenance on HBO and the 19 episodes of the original web series currently available to stream on HBO Go or HBO Now, you might want to check out the following shows that also made the leap from online to on your TV screen.
As I just mentioned, HBO recently premiered another comedy rooted in an original web series. Insecure takes what creator and star Issa Rae first started with her web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl , which bowed in 2011, to the next level. Like Awkward Black Girl, Insecure — which subscribers can watch on HBO on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET, on HBO On Demand, on HBO Go, or HBO Now — explores character Issa's trials and tribulations while experiencing all of the, well, awkward moments life has to throw at her. On HBO, Issa's creation gets longer episodes with higher production value, but it's already getting as much buzz as the original web series did.
Haters Back Off
One of Netflix's newest original series also features a star who made a name for herself on YouTube. Colleen Ballinger's lovable YouTube character Miranda Sings got her very own show on Netflix called Haters Back Off, which chronicles her attempts at becoming famous at all cost in the eight episodes of its first season available on the streaming platform right now. If you like Ballinger's quirky, red lipstick-wearing character, you'll love this show. If you don't, well, then do what the show's title says and back off.
Broad City has taken on such a life of its own after it premiered on Comedy Central in 2014, you might not have realized that it actually originated as a web series of the same name in 2010. Each short episode follows Abbi and Ilana's hilarious adventures as two women living in New York, which is pretty much the same thing that happens in the Comedy Central series, which can be streamed through Comedy Central's website or through Hulu. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, am I right?
Before Childrens Hospital brought its weirdness to Adult Swim, it was originally a web series on TheWB.com, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You know, the website of Warner Bros.? This satirical series about possibly the worst bunch of physicians at a children's hospital moved over to Adult Swim in 2010 where it ran for seven seasons before its creator and star Rob Corddry decided to end the series. You can watch some Season 7 episodes through Adult Swim's website with a cable provider log-in now. But if fans want more Childrens Hospital in the future, there's always the possibility that it could find a new life on another network — or online again.
Billy On The Street
Season 5 of Billy on the Street premieres Nov. 15 on truTV, but long before Billy Eichner had famous sidekicks like Jon Hamm accompanying him to ask unsuspecting New Yorkers burning questions about pop culture, it was just the comedian and his mic doing it (even without any dollar bills to hand out) in episodes featured on Funny or Die. Luckily, the spontaneity of Billy on the Street has remained during its transition to TV, which is what makes it so funny anyway. You can watch Season 4 of Billy on the Street through truTV's website with a cable provider log-in, or catch all four seasons on Hulu.
Drunk History also got its start on Funny or Die, although that may be hard to believe, considering the fact that it's always had some major star power behind it. Now in its fourth season on Comedy Central, Drunk History, which you can stream the fourth season of through the network's website with a cable provider log-in or stream Seasons 1 through 4 on Hulu, has proven that there's always another epic story about history to tell and usually another drink to be had while doing so.
Clearly, you've got enough entertainment to keep you busy until High Maintenance returns.
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