There’s not much to know about Weeds’ well-guarded series finale, but now we know this: American Pie’s Natasha Lyonne is involved.
Lyonne, who recently guest-starred on New Girl and Law & Order: SVU, will play a character named Tiffani, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She’ll show up in the Showtime dramedy’s final episode, a two-parter slated for Sept. 16.
The details we do have about the series’ parting shot come from reliable sources: star Mary-Louise Parker and creator Jenji Kohan. Kohan recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills that the hour would be “a trip down memory lane” featuring characters from the series’ eight seasons.
Parker, who at the press tour said the finale’s script moved her to tears, praised Kohan’s masterful touch. “She didn’t make it a ‘happily ever after thing,’” the actress said, “but there was hope in it and there was some sort of benediction.”
The first review of Weeds‘ Sept. 16 series finale is in, and it’s a rave.
“It’s beautiful… I just cried when I read [the script],” leading lady Mary-Louise Parker told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “[Series creator Jenji Kohan] managed to bring things together in a way that was really satisfying to me. She didn’t make it a ‘happily ever after’ thing, but there was hope in it and there was some sort of benediction.”
Kohan described the conclusion of the Showtime dramedy as less of a cliffhanger and more of a nostalgic wrap-up to the eight-year saga.
“It’s a trip down memory lane,” she said, “and it’s lined with all of our characters from the past.”
Can’t wait another minute to dig into the 8th and final season of WEEDS? You’re in luck, because right now you can sample the season premiere by heading over to Facebook. That’s right, a full week in advance, you can finally uncover who got shot, who pulled the trigger, and how the rest of the Botwin clan is handling the crisis. Still want more? You got it. In addition to sampling the premiere episode of WEEDS, you can also catch the season 2 opener for EPISODES a week before premiere. Here’s how it works: head over to the EPISODES Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EpisodesonShowtime) or tune in across participating distributors’ Facebook brand pages, and you will “unlock” the first episode of the eighth and final season of WEEDS upon watching the premiere of EPISODES.
After successfully destroying Sean and Beverly’s marriage in addition to their critically-acclaimed hit British TV series, Matt LeBlanc is back and forced to navigate the consequences of his actions. Picking up 4 months after we left off, Sean and Beverly are now living apart, Matt is set on rekindling his bromance with Sean, and all are stuck trying to save Pucks! as it goes from pilot to full-blown series and then quickly sees its ratings plummet further week after week. Log in now to see the fallout from the hilarious 1st season that scored Matt LeBlanc the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Comedy. If you’re all about EPISODES, the second season premiere can also be accessed online now on the SHOWTIME website (http://s.sho.com/Ljw6Tb), on YouTube (http://youtu.be/3CQbuc7UCIY), via select television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites, as well as Showtime apps on iPhone®, iPod Touch®, NOOK® Tablet and Android™ smartphones and tablets, for download as a free video podcast on iTunes® (http://s.sho.com/episodespodcast), and on the Showtime Social app for iPad®. In addition, episode two of EPISODES will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® on July 1st after the series debut.
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 with 13 episodes beginning Sunday, July 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 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.
Head over to Facebook now to watch the newest installments of EPISODES and WEEDS, and don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, July 1st beginning at 10 PM ET/PT for the official television premieres of the two shows, only on SHOWTIME.
Weeds nearly pulled a Sopranos when it closed out its seventh (and then, possibly final) season on a cliffhanger. Having gotten her family back together and taken them to the comfort of a Connecticut estate, Nancy Botwin looked to have finally gotten away from all the madness that she had spawned. Her relationship with Silas may not have been great (and things with Andy were as awkward as they’d ever been), but away from the city and the lifestyle they had been living, there was a chance it could improve.
But all that didn’t matter once an unidentified sniper, hiding in the bushes, aimed their rifle at the pretty little head of Nancy Botwin and (presumably) pulled the trigger, ending her story once and for all.
Or did they?
According to TV Line, Nancy is indeed the recipient of the gun shot, the sniper’s aim precise and…nearly lethal. Nearly, as in, there’s no way Weeds could enter into its final run without its mad matriarch, so expect the brain surgeon and paramedics that’ll be working on her to help her pull through. TV Guide is reporting there’ll even be a hospital chaplain on hand to read Nancy her last rites, but if there’s anything Weeds fans have learned after nearly 100 episodes, it’s that the woman just does not give up. She’s outsmarted a Mexican drug lord, spent three years in jail, burned an entire town to the ground, (unknowingly) slept with DEA agents – don’t think little things like internal bleeding and the possibility of brain injury will slow Nancy Botwin down.
I mean, the woman goes into the hospital fighting for her life and apparently starts flirting away, according to TV Line. The show is said to be casting for a handsome doctor that catches Nancy’s interest, who will join the new love interest for Silas named Kendra. There’s no word how long either sticks around or if they join the Botwin family back in the ‘burbs, Andy running some type of camp for young boys and Nancy heading back to the soccer fields. This time, it’s not Shane that she’s watching, it’s Stevie and she needs her youngest son to score for her in a different way. Per TV Guide, Nance has to get to the team outcast and uses his teammate (Stevie) to get close to him. Could the little boy have a very powerful father that Nancy has to try and charm into going into business with her?
But before we head out for one last glimpse at all the little boxes (it’s coming back!), there’s a matter of a shooter to identify and apprehend. E!Online indicates that the shooter won’t be known to the viewer until the last 10 seconds of the upcoming premiere, with TV Guide confirming that it’ll be someone from Nancy’s very distant past. Interestingly, Shane plays a major role in the aftermath of the shooting, immediately going after the shooter and revealing his own secret in the process; he’s always been close with his mother and it’s a nice mirror for him to give himself up for her the way she did for him in the season six finale.
What about the rest of the season, though?
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, who revealed that the final season was going to be “very spiritual” and dealing with “big questions”, as well as tackling the central theme of people’s ability to change. (The outlook on possible cameos from Celia, Judah, Isabelle, and Conrad is hopeful but likely unrealistic, with all the contract wrangling and scheduling conflicts that go with this type of thing.) Kohan also mentions that the Andy/Nancy romantic dynamic will be worked out in the final season, though there’s no indication if Andy Botwin finally gets the girl or if Nancy pushes him away once again. Andy’s resentment of Nancy last season couldn’t quite hide his jealousy over her ever-busy love life, so it’s obvious that the feelings have never left and if they haven’t by now, I don’t see them ever going away from him. You have to wonder about Nancy’s end, though; she did almost die, so maybe the calmer change of scenery and a bit of reflection could soften up her feelings for Andy. But then again, this is Nancy Botwin, daredevil of all daredevils that gets off on even the faintest hint of danger, and Andy’s not that guy. He just wants to have a life with stability and control, which isn’t exactly high on Nancy’s list of priorities and could keep them apart for good.
The final season of Weeds premieres Sunday, July 1st at 10:00 on Showtime, followed by the second season premiere of Episodes
Weeds is going up in smoke.
Showtime has pulled the plug on the long-running pot dramedy; the show’s upcoming eighth season will be its last.
“There were two shows, Weeds and Dexter, that really got Showtime taken seriously for cutting-edge original programming,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins told EW.com, which broke the news. “How they get brought home is really important. In this case, both for the sake of the two women behind the show [series creator Jenji Kohan and leading lady Mary-Louise Parker] and an audience that’s really invested in the show. TV fans love nothing better to complain about how shows end and we really want to end this one the right way.”
Weeds’ farewell season premieres Sunday, July 1