Showtime Snuffs Out 'Weeds' After Eight Seasons
Weeds, Showtime’s ground-breaking TV series starring Mary Louise-Parker as a pot-dealing soccer mom, will end next year after its eighth season, the cable network announced today.
Series creator Jenji Kohan said that she is "sad" to see the show end but remains proud of the work. “I’m so proud of what we do here and that it’s about a strong woman lead who’s really flawed,” Kohan told Entertainment Weekly. “We get to do comedy right up against drama, which a lot of shows don’t get the opportunity to do.”
Showtime entertainment president David Nevins credits Weeds for helping to put the premium network on the map for quality original programming. “There were two shows, Weeds and Dexter, that really got Showtime taken seriously for cutting-edge original programming,” Nevins said in a statement. “How they get brought home is really important. In this case, both for the sake of the two women behind the show and an audience that’s really invested in the show. TV fans love nothing better than to complain about how shows end and we really want to end this one the right way.”
Kohan added that she has not yet decided how to wrap up the series, but that fans can expect to be surprised as usual. “We wrack our brains every year for crazy cliffhangers and we’re trying to figure out how to top ourselves,” she said.
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