'Weeds' Canceled by Showtime; Season 8 Will Be the Show's Last

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June 13th, 2012

Update: Showtime has issued a press release

via press release:

Eighth & Final Season of the Network’s Long-Running Hit Comedy Series to Bow July 1st at 10 PM ET/PT

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – (June 13, 2012) – The show that introduced America to a pot-dealing soccer mom and changed the face of the network is sparking up its final toke: after eight Unforgettable, jaw-dropping seasons, WEEDS is coming to an end. SHOWTIME will air the final 13 episodes beginning Sunday, July 1st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, the series will achieve a much-coveted television milestone: the 11th episode of the season will mark the series’ 100th. Created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate, WEEDS has been honored with multiple award nominations, including 21 Emmys®, 10 Golden Globes® and six SAG® Awards over the course of its seven seasons on air. Its success put SHOWTIME on the map as a destination for top-quality original series and set the stage for hits like Dexter®, Nurse Jackie, Californication and HOMELAND.

 

"WEEDS has been a seminal series for SHOWTIME and was key in establishing the network as a home for great original programming," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. "It has had a groundbreaking run, and will be one of the longest-running comedies in the history of cable. It was very important to us that we bring the story of Nancy Botwin and her family to a satisfying conclusion for the devoted fans who have spent years following these characters. Jenji has surprised us every step of the way with her storytelling and I am confident in her plan for a spectacular series conclusion.”

 

Since its debut on August 7, 2005, viewers have watched and marveled as Nancy Botwin (series star Mary-Louise Parker in her Golden Globe Award-winning role) progressed from a suburban widow who turned to selling dime bags to make ends meet for her family to a full-fledged marijuana queenpin. She was aided by brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk) to help raise her sons Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) – along with fellow Agrestic neighbor Doug (Kevin Nealon) in constant tow. Her narcissistic, danger-junkie antics paved the way for future sympathetic yet highly flawed anti-heroes who have since become standard television fare. The show and its many signature moments (including Nancy setting Agrestic ablaze, Shane’s croquet mallet-bludgeoning, Andy’s dog-eaten toes and self-gratification speech, the Armenian mafia Mexican stand-off, etc.) generated critical acclaim, a legion of fans and watercooler buzz for their sheer outrageousness.

 

“WEEDS was a groundbreaking series for us,” said Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group. “The brilliant work of Jenji Kohan, Mary-Louise Parker and the entire cast and creative team -- and the resulting popularity of the series both here and abroad – were game-changing for our TV division and set the stage for all the shows we’ve produced since. Though it will be hard to say goodbye, this last season will be an exciting one that we trust will reward fans with a conclusion befitting their support and loyalty for so many years.”

 

For the final season, it’s back to the ‘burbs for the Botwins. The fallout from the shot heard round the Tri-State area will transform everyone for the better, at least initially. The tragedy has caused Nancy to turn over a new (pot) leaf and return to her pre-dealing soccer mom ways. Meanwhile, Andy finds some semblance of love with someone uncomfortably close to Nancy, and Doug uses his hedge-fund money in a surprisingly good way. But just as it was in Agrestic, nothing is as serene as it seems in Old Sandwich, Connecticut. Just how long before the Botwins return to their old ways and blow up this new neighborhood, literally and/or figuratively, will remain to be seen.

 

About Showtime Networks Inc.:

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.


 

Showtime has announced that Weeds season eight, which will premiere Sunday July 1 at 10PM, will be the show's last.  Showtime president David Nevins told Entertainment Weekly, "TV fans love nothing better than to complain about how shows end and we really want to end this one the right way.”

The eighth season will feature a time jump from the seventh season finale, and a return to the suburban setting of the early seasons of the show.

 

 
  • Sheena

    I love ‘Weeds’ and it is a great show. The quality seems to have gone down after the ‘Mexican Drug Tunnel’ plot, though, in my opinion. So, I think ending it now is a good idea. I am happy it is getting a chance to wrap up but… ANOTHER time jump? Last season had one. I can somewhat understand why then. I wish they would pick up where they left off. At least ‘Dexter’ seems to be doing that. One thing I like is it going back to the setting of the earlier seasons.

    I guess they mean cancelled in the sense that it ended earlier than they wanted it to? I am glad it is at least getting a ending, though. After eight seasons, good or not, I think a show deserves that.

  • Jeff

    Last season was unwatchable. I hope they are able to send it off in grand style, not a whimper. Thoroughly enjoyed it until last year, and I had to stop watching it was so bad.

  • Rebecca

    Watched it all via Netflix streaming and discs (no more streaming past season 5). Great show, some episodes better than others. Maybe by December or January I can rent discs of season 8.

  • MBmomof3

    Great show, had a great run. hope the ending is worthy.

  • Rebecca

    Correction to what I posted earlier: Weeds now streams on Netflix through season 6. 7 is disc only, for now.

    Is Breaking Bad in its final season too now? I can’t remember.

  • RyanCanada

    I Wouldnt say it was “CANCELLED” its just made the final season

  • DW

    i just hope the weeds money goes to mad men. :)

  • dryr

    The show has been dead since season 3 with characters becoming more and more hate-able and hard to watch. I have been trying to sit through season 5 for two years now…

  • Brandon

    I’ve seen every episode of Weeds and it’s what initially got me in to watching Showtime but I’m glad they’re ending it.

  • joss

    @Rebecca

    Is Breaking Bad in its final season too now? I can’t remember.

    Yes and No. Its in final season starting next mounth but ending next year so.. you call

    here read this for more info

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/05/21/amc-announces-summer-premieres-for-breaking-bad-hell-on-wheels-small-town-security/135255/

  • Jon

    Showtime only renewed for one more season so it’s not a surprise that this will be the final season, given that Showtime has two new dramas for next year, I think either The Big C or Episodes will be cancelled.

  • thesnowleopard

    Announcing a final season seems to be the new way to cancel aging shows that have been popular, but whose costs now exceed their ratings.

  • Toucan

    thesnowleopard

    I don’t think it’s new. Older shows have long been given the courtesy of advanced notice. I think with new shows they are figuring out if it can be profitable and filming is complete before they know. With older shows they have a lot more data and can determine future profitably earlier.

  • Rebecca

    @joss
    Thanks for the answer. Looking forward to that one, even though it’ll take forever to get the rental discs.

  • sofaslug

    About time! Weeds has been a car crash for years

  • Hattie

    Not surprised, but not particularly impressed, either. We all saw WEEDS was running out of steam a few seasons back, but even though the quality took a bit of a dip, it was still a compelling show even into the end of the 7th season. It’s definitely time for it to come to an end, but I think I’ll miss it nonetheless. I have complete faith that the creative team will find a satisfying way to end the Botwin saga though- can’t wait to see what they do!

  • The Real Original Ray

    Why the playing around with the words?

    If both sides didn’t agree to “end” then it was either cancelled by the network or stopped by the creators. If the creators were “given” another season then it’s the difference between being fired and escorted from the building or fired with a chance to finish some projects first. It’s still being cancelled.

    So what’s the truth? Did both sides want to end it?

  • Garyinla

    Poor Hunter Parrish….He leaves GODSPELL on Broadway to return to WEEDS. Now GODSPELL is cancelled too. Maybe JCSUPERSTAR needs an understudy.

  • jessica

    I would have to agree that “cancelled” is not the same as “we have told the whole story we set out to and that is it”. Flashpoint is another show that wasn’t cancelled. The producers told the broadcasters they were ending it.

    As for what else will disappear from Showtime’s schedule i have to say don’t count on more of The Borgias. Sure Showtime said they want a third season but it is not actually one of their commissionings; Showtime very stealthily imports it and shows it with modified credits to strip out much of the reference to it being a Canadian production though the credits seen in the US still acknowledge it is filmed in Europe. Why might The Borgias not be back? Simple, its domestic ratings are total crap. While the US total viewers on tv has dropped about 50% since its premiere the Canadian total viewers has dropped over 80% since ep 1. In the US it is on premium cable so the tv ratings are not as important but in Canada it is on basic – ad-supported – cable and people just aren’t watching. The Sunday before last, s2e8, had 106000 viewers in Canada. Continuum is also on basic cable in Canada on Sunday night and it had an audience more than 6x the size of The Borgias. 100K viewers on basic cable in Canada for a high-cost prime-time drama can be spelt as “cancelled”. Bell Media hasn’t announced a third season and given the steep decline in ratings they might not. And i don’t think The Borgias is popular enough for Showtime to want to pay a LOT more just to keep it going. So you might see some show move to a different time of year and get more of The Big C.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Blame the new writers of this site and such for using the word ‘canceled’ when it is not. I don’t care if it is off the press release, show is ending by the producers to the network, not ‘canceled’ by the network.

    Talk about mis-leading headline.

    Same goes for 24 of the mis- leading headlines when the producers didn’t want to do a season 9 so they ended it at season 8 and was agreed by FOX.

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