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EXCLUSIVE: Creators of HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’ Take Fans Behind the Scenes of Original Web Series

by Stacy Lambe 12:50 PM PDT, August 29, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Creators of HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’ Take Fans Behind the Scenes of Original Web Series

Offering a glimpse into the eccentric lives of New Yorkers, High Maintenance connects the narratives of seemingly unrelated people through their shared weed dealer. In each episode, The Guy, a fly-on-the-wall deliveryman played by Ben Sinclair, introduces audiences to a new customer as he makes routine deliveries. From there, what unfolds are often funny, sometimes unexpectedly heartfelt stories about strangers in New York City.

After four seasons as a web series, co-creators (and married couple) Katja Blichfeld, an Emmy-winning casting director, and Sinclair are taking their comedy to HBO with a brand-new season of six episodes premiering on Sept. 16. The show’s existing episodes will be available exclusively on HBO GO/Now starting Sept. 1.

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To get new fans caught up on the world of High Maintenance, Blichfeld and Sinclair are taking audiences behind the scenes of the show. ET has your exclusive first look at “Stevie” and “Jamie,” the show’s premiere episodes, which first streamed in 2012.

Very much a DIY experience -- at first -- the couple opens up about how bare-bones the cast and crew was. “It was real scrappy,” Sinclair says. “Yeah, we shot it all in a day -- chasing the light,” Blichfeld adds about filming the first episode. 

When preparing to take the show to HBO, Blichfeld tells Vulture it became about “let’s get bigger without getting too big.” Though, one perk of joining forces with the premium network is that “we were able to pay people real location fees,” she says.

“This time, there were probably 50 people on the set,” Sinclair adds of the expanded team, which started off with six people in the first episode.

The new season of High Maintenance will also add star power to the series with Broadway star Helene Yorke, Amy Ryan, Orange Is the New Black’s Yael Stone and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen bringing to life these New York stories. 

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