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Kevin Smith’s ‘Hollyweed’ joint will get a second pass (if fans spark up). Here’s how

Kevin Smith stars in a TV pilot for a series called ‘Hollyweed’ that never got picked up. Now, the show, which Smith describes as ‘Clerks’ at a marijuana dispensary, is being revived by way of Rivit TV. (Mike Coppola | Getty Images)

Kevin Smith‘s “Hollyweed” project is getting a second chance at an audience through a nontraditional platform.

In 2016, the Red Bank native wrote, directed and starred in the half-hour stoner comedy TV pilot with Donnell Rawlings (“Chappelle’s Show,” “The Wire”), but the show never got picked up.

Rawlings and Smith play marijuana enthusiasts who manage a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary, their story just one entry in the pot programming boom (“Disjointed,” a Netflix comedy with a similar premise starring Kathy Bates, was canceled in February).

Joining the leads in the show are Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”), Smith’s podcast collaborator Ralph Garman (“Family Guy”), Ashley Greene (“Yoga Hosers,” “Tusk”) and Adam Brody (“The O.C.”).

Smith, 47, had been hinting on social media recently that the show was not dead and buried.

On Wednesday night, Smith tweeted that the series pilot, which he described as “‘Clerks’ set in a dispensary,” would be available for free viewing at Rivit TV.

From there, viewers can decide whether or not they’d like to see more of the show by way of the new crowdfunding platform. Rivit allows fans to greenlight a show after watching a pilot by paying to finance the production of the series. Each viewer decides how much they want to pay per episode — anywhere from $1.99 to $5.99. The more people that fund the show, the less it will ultimately cost each backer. “Hollyweed” is Rivit’s first pilot.

Viewers have 45 days to contribute to the show, but if the fundraising goal Smith has set is not met, none of the fans will be charged. Smith is asking fans to pre-purchase a few episodes to get the project going. The goal is to generate $5,305,264 for the first season of the show by August 26.

Kevin Smith will break his 'silence' in 'Hollyweed' role

Kevin Smith will break his ‘silence’ in ‘Hollyweed’ role

‘My secret dream my whole life was to be an actor (one who talks),’ Smith says

Those who watch the pilot will also recognize Jason Mewes, Smith’s longtime friend from Highlands who has played Jay to Smith’s Silent Bob in the director’s New Jersey-set “View Asknewniverse” films, starting with his 1994 movie “Clerks.”

After years of playing the mostly silent Silent Bob, Smith mused that his role in “Hollyweed” was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream — to be an actor who talks. He said that he originally wrote the part of Randal Graves in “Clerks” for himself but “chickened out.”

 

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Published: July 12, 2018

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