A comedy series from “Borat” creator Sacha Baron Cohen has been shelved after it initially received a six-episode order from Amazon. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Amazon has made the decision not to move forward with “Highston.”
Cohen was an executive producer on the project.
“Written by Bob Nelson (‘Nebraska’) and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (‘Little Miss Sunshine’), family comedy ‘Highston’ centered around 19-year-old Highston Liggetts (Lewis Pullman), who has a number of celebrity friends that only he can see,” THR reports. “His parents, played by Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell, force him to get psychiatric help, but his Uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) thinks he’s fine. Shaquille O’Neal and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea guest starred in the series that also counted Todd Hoffman (‘Love Stinks’) and Todd Schulman (‘Bruno’) as exec producers.”
The report quotes Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama development at Amazon Studios, saying: “We love Bob, Jon and Val, both producers named Todd and the incredibly talented cast. Unfortunately, not every series works out.”