'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.:

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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.


  • AlcoholicsAnonymous


    The Borgias is a terrible show and I’m surprised it has gotten a 2nd season.

    Showtime is happy to have Nurse Jackie, Shameless, Dexter, Homeland, & House of Lies on their network.

  • Hyung

    About time it’s ending. I figure it would be the final season, with “Animal Practice” premiering this fall.

  • Chris

    Unless the network really wanted to keep the show, and only agreed to end it because the people working on it insisted it was time for it to go, it’s CANCELED. There was no particular reason for Weeds to run this long. Showtime kept it around until it wasn’t enough of an asset anymore, then shut it down.

    One reason for this being that the show is pretty much entirely based on Mary Louise Parker’s undeniable sex appeal (it was sure never about the writing), and she’s getting a wee bit long in the tooth for those raunchy sex scenes (and ad campaigns).

    Not as long in the tooth as David Duchovny, but no way that show is running eight seasons. :D

  • Chris

    Oh, and Gunsmoke ran TWENTY seasons–much longer seasons than any show has today–633 episodes total.

    And it was CANCELED. The producer wanted it to keep going. The ratings weren’t horrible, but they weren’t as good as they used to be, and everybody looked really old, and it was a nice round number. And the word they used was CANCELED.

    If Gunsmoke was canceled after 20 years, Weeds sure as hell is canceled after 8.


  • Chris

    @Harris–what does that mean, ‘finish properly’? The producers of Fringe wanted it to run at least six seasons–they didn’t want just five–they settled.

    Weeds doesn’t NEED resolution–it’s not Lost, or Battlestar Galactica. There’s no mystery to be solved, no character arcs that couldn’t be resolved in an ep or two.

    If a show ends because the network wants it to end, it’s canceled. Period.

  • Harris

    Chris: If they are given a season to end a show properly, then in my mind, the show was not canceled, it was ended. In-fact, I was yelled at by Robert Seidman (and other users) for calling a show cancelled, when it was being ended (Chuck). It USED TO BE on this site that they would very clearly distinguish between a show cancelled (a show prematurely ended without being given the time/opportunity to properly end the show with a legitimate conclusion). Now, suddenly because one person decides to call it cancelled, it is? Sorry, buddy. That won’t fly. If I have to go dig up proof of this comment discussion, I will, but the fact is, if it wasn’t considered cancellation then, it’s not considered cancellation now.

  • Dave

    As a Weeds fan, i am happy enough for the show to end, 8 seasons is a good run and the quality of the episodes has been declining in recent seasons.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Thank you @Harris for explaining it correctly so I didn’t have to rant.

  • The Real Original Ray

    @Harris. Imagine this conversation.

    TVBTN: Harris, we’re going to stop paying you to make comments here and we’re going to ban you from the site.
    Harris: But I’d like to keep commenting.
    TVBTN: We think your comments have run their course.
    Harris: This sucks. Can I at least comment through the summer? I feel as though there are some things I want to say about shows that are on right now. There are themes and threads I’d like to see through to the end. Honestly I’d like to continue beyond that but please, at least the summer.
    TVBTN: *Sigh*. Ok. But you’re gone before the fall season.
    Harris: Whew. I was worried that you were going to fire me.

    In this dialogue Harris’s last statement is delusional. He wants to come to work in September but TVBTN won’t let him. That’s being fired. That’s being cancelled. Just on somewhat better terms, with certain conditions.

    I don’t know the specific facts with Weeds. I’m talking about the general idea, which is a perversion of language and shared meaning.

  • The Real Original Ray

    @Harris. Maybe a third word? Something that a community understands means that we’re being told the show can’t go on but is being given a wrapup. A show is ending. A show is cancelled. A show is……retiring, closureing, sunsetting.

    I get the sentiment. In my spreadsheet of shows I make a distinction between shows that are “done” and shows that have been “cancelled.” It’s somewhat arbitrary, based on a combination of years and show quality. Basically I don’t like the word cancelled next to shows that have had at least a few years of a good run. It’s like I’m respecting a dead friend. But I wouldn’t go to a party and say that the show wasn’t cancelled.

  • Justin121


    LOST cahnged everything re: Cancelled vs. Ended.

    It was the first major (drama) hit having ‘an end date’ and a ‘final season’.

    After that, most tentpoles ‘end’ instead of getting cancelled. (Like Samllvile, Desperate Housewives, One Tree Hill).

    Before that there was Friends and Seinfeld — two other hit shows up to their last years that were ended because it was time. Creatively and the cast wanted out.

    (House and 24 were former hits that were cancelled near the end of their runs because of declining ratings, while lower rated Chuck, Fringe, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock also got cancelled after limping through to their ‘final seasons’) .

  • Justin121

    That being said, I don’t know Weeds belongs to which group.

    Cable is different in that regard.

    There was also Sex and the City, Sopranos, and others. Now even Mad Men and Breaking Bad are getting end dates.

  • Chris

    If Weeds was a show like Lost, I’d almost buy the argument, but it’s not. They could wrap it all up in one hour–the final season isn’t to ‘end it properly.’ It’s to fill airspace until Showtime is ready with the replacement schlock.

    It’s CANCELED. And honestly, it’s hilarious that people find this so hard to hear. Plenty of hit shows have been canceled while they were still popular. There are different reasons for canceling a show–Weeds is being canceled not because it’s a flop by Showtime standards (geez, how low would a show have to get to rank as a flop by Showtime standards?), but because interest in it has flagged to the point where it’s not worth the ever-rising production costs anymore.

    There was never any long-term arc for Weeds. And there isn’t for most shows, so it’s ridiculous to say that a show isn’t canceled if it gets a final season, because EVERY show gets a final season. Maybe you can say Lost wasn’t canceled, because they knew two years in advance it was ending. Maybe you can say The Sopranos wasn’t canceled because David Chase was practically begging HBO to let him end it already. No other exceptions. If the network says it’s time for a show to end, the show is canceled.

    There is going to be very little interest in the finale, because nobody needed to see a planned finale for this CANCELED series. :D

  • Chris

    @Harris–did I ask what was going on in your mind? I’d really rather not know, if it’s okay with you. ;)

  • mikeincanada

    It is time to put it to bed! Great show in the begining!

  • frank

    The only thing that matters is that Weeds made it to 100 episodes – the magic number.

  • Harris

    Not cancelled. Sorry. Keep arguing; I have all the time in the world.

  • The Real Original Ray


    Nope. If all you have in response to a decent argument by analogy and a follow-up is an arms-folded nothingness, I’m moving on. This is cancelled.

  • Toucan

    I just read an interview with the showrunner on THR, she said she got the call from the network after they started writing this season. She said it wasn’t her idea, but Showtime was classy about it. I’d say it was cancelled with warning.

  • curtisfiles

    You could say that “Weeds” went to pot. Bunch of dopes.

    Never thought the show was that good. I can’t see it being rerun on any cable channel, my guess they will release the series on DVD, and to sucker people into buying volumes of the series, take forever to get the complete series.

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