TV pilot called “Grass Valley” on “world of medical marijuana growers” is in the works

Heather Donahue (Credit: Getty)

“Talent is currently being cast for the television pilot ‘Grass Valley,'” according to casting news for, a long-established, popular publication where actors go to find casting information. The producers include Heather Donahue, actress of the Blair Witch Project and author of a book called “Grow Girl.” (Here’s a People magazine article about Heather).

“‘Grass Valley’ is a half hour, single-cam pilot that takes a look at the world of medical marijuana growers.

“Four lead roles and one supporting role are being cast for this paid production. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for actors anywhere (including L.A.), as travel expenses will be provided. Submissions are being sought worldwide.

“For more details, check out the casting notice for “Grass Valley” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!”

Here are the details:

‘Grass Valley’

Casting notice expires: November 14, 2014

Grass Valley Productions
Matt Herman and Heather Donahue (author of “Growgirl,” actress of the “Blair Witch Project,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Taken”), writers.

Casting “Grass Valley,” a half hour, single cam presentation pilot that takes a look at the world of medical marijuana growers. Stacks of Franklins and pint sized mimosas, baby mamas and sheriffs, the weed world is flush with cash, sort of illegal, devoid of sense, and overripe for comedy.

Rehearses and shoots Fall 2014 in Grass Valley, CA.

Pays $100/day. Travel and expenses covered.

SEEKING TALENT Select a role below for more information and submission instructions.
Carly (Lead): Female, 25-33, All Ethnicities
single mother of two who is smarter than she pretends to be. Mark’s friend with bennies and the object of Pete’s obsessive affections. Works… more

Pete (Lead): Male, 30-35, All Ethnicities
short. If he were in a comic he would have a !@#^)*& in a thought bubble over his head. He’s really smart, but has the worst luck in the wor… more

Leon (Lead): Male, 28-35, All Ethnicities
spirit baller whose face gives up nothing but stubble. Lean guy with a smooth way about him. A meditator, ladykiller, and an incredibly gift… more

Mark (Lead): Male, 30-40, Caucasian
Jewish, skaterboy hooligan from SoCal who still looks like both of those things, even as he approaches middle age. Has a daughter age 8 and … more

Jaime (Supporting): Male, 18-34, All Ethnicities
Leon’s live-in assistant. Sort of like Anthony Hopkins in that movie where he played a butler, except he’s also a fabulous gay burner. He ma… more

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

9 thoughts on “TV pilot called “Grass Valley” on “world of medical marijuana growers” is in the works”

  1. This article got “tweeted” out:
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  2. I was surprised to read this on RL Crabb’s blog:
    “According to comments on Facebook, the proposed pot grower sitcom, Grass Valley, will not be called Grass Valley and will not be set in Nevada County, to the relief of some and the dismay of others. We have tuned in, turned on and dropped out.”
    Dropped out? In fact, no final decision has been made on a name for this show. Filming can still occur here. This is a TV pilot and posted here: The show is still based on the experiences here, even if it winds up with a fictional name. The producer’s book “Growgirl,” based on experiences here, had a fictional name Nuggettown.
    And why is this conversation occurring on Facebook, based on a blog post, rather than in The Union newspaper? Because the internet is changing how we communicate.
    This is our community and we need to own up what goes on here, whether we like it or not.

  3. I think the upcoming show is a good fit and can be a modeled after the hit series “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey. I don’t know about the Brass Rail Saloon in North San Juan but brass knuckles are certainly on display this political season

    Measure S has temporarily unveiled the deep culture war going on in our community. Partisans on both sides are passionate, and thus are operating closer to the surface of the murky waters.

    On one side of the political isle you have Republican Women Federated operating through their main stream, hard-to-challenge proxies that include the likes of Sheriff Keith Royal, County Counsel, Board of Supervisors and almost certainly the Elections Dept. Add to this the RWF fringe proxies in the form of the State of Jefferson & Tea Party miscreants, and what you end up with is a toxic soup of authoritarian muscle flexing bare chested as their prevailing order is challenged from a most unusual quarter.

    On the other side of the local political isle is the progressive element, as well as all those discerning individuals that can read the tea leaves that the war on pot was lost long ago (as prices for weed crashed due to prohibition not working). Moderates, liberals, and some thinking conservatives who respect the reality of the marketplace (or are sick of local tin-horn authoritarians touting virtues of restraint (but they get to call out what items to restrain)) will vote Yes on S to send a signal — at least as a protest. However, without enough of the right-wing recognizing how they are being played by current and retired public sector employees to fend off the end of prohibition, any revolt in the form of measure S passing seems doomed.

    Should measure S go down, it will not be a proud moment for true conservatives who wish to limit government, respect free markets, and promote individual liberty. Don’t believe me however, just ask Sheriff Mack and / or Tom McClintock. Again, it is about listening to thinking conservatives — not the local public sector variant masquerading as such.

    In summary, it looks like not enough of the local political right in Nevada County will recognize how they are being used by the very entities that they would normally seek to oppose.

    So yes, plenty of drama but honestly the bully tactics of the local power structure are more along the cynical tactics used in the nation’s capital — hence the “House of Cards” analogy.

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