The timing couldn’t be better: Today HBO announced it would air forthcoming episodes of the acclaimed Web series High Maintenance.
In a press release, HBO president Michael Lombardo commented, “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.”
High Maintenance, about a Brooklyn weed dealer who visits a diverse set of clients, was created by husband-and-wife duo Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, who put the first episode up online in 2012. In 2014, the couple released three new episodes funded by the video-sharing platform Vimeo; three more were made available earlier this year.
Sinclair and Blichfeld were profiled in last week’s issue of the Village Voice. In the article, the couple lamented the disappointingly low number of viewers who had paid to watch the new episodes through Vimeo.
“I had expectations,” Sinclair told the Voice. “I couldn’t help but to…It does seem like the paywall is an issue.”
“I mean, it doesn’t ‘seem,’ ” Blichfeld added. “The paywall is an issue.”
In a statement in the press release, Blichfeld and Sinclair said, “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.”
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