“Four Twenty Cambridge” is a new HBO Comedy, executive produced by James Franco, starring Tom Franco, Teddy Franco, Betsy Franco and Andrew Shue, as two brothers, in the shadow of their hot shot brother, who move in with their mom, and her hot new husband, who himself lives in the shadow of his even hotter sister, in a set of “detached townhomes” — which in itself is a stoner joke, how something can be both “detached” and a “townhome” — and a metaphor for “family” — above a marijuana dispensary, you know, the mythical legal kind. Garrett Morris plays their retail tenant, who comes from not the wrong side of the tracks but too, too, too close to the tracks (nice verismilitude that) and has a son, played by Mark “Stew” Stewart (of “Passing Strange“ and “Spongebob Squarepants” fame) who is a Stanford Thespian Shakespearean and, like the Jonathan Richman character in “Something About Mary” delivers all his lines in original song, and you are not sure if he is diegetic or non-diegetic. George Schultz and Condoleeza Rice make guest appearances as Garrett Morris’s sponsors. Adam Werbach plays a weird eco-too-friendly cult-leader and pseudo-activist who comes over in every episode to shower and then never appears dressed again and always is babbling on about “heat” and “joules” and the principals not being “Gaia enough”. !!
In episode 1 Lauren Weedman plays a recent Stanford grad who wants to live in the 420 Cambridge bike locker while training for the 2012 Olympic Cycling team. They turn her out, but not before running a credit app.
edit to add, nearly two years later: James Franco is producing a set of films locally based on his “Palo Alto Stories” so maybe this will actually happen, and by the way that last unit seems to be still out there, with the truth. Also, in a perhaps related development — for the theme music, perchance — Steve Jenkins’ “Semi-Charmed Life” is getting second life in the new KFOG.