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Showtime has pulled the plug on "Weeds," announcing today that the eighth season of the hit comedy will be the final season.
The show, starring Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker, centers around her character - a suburban widow and mother of two who begins selling marijuana to make ends meet.
In combination with "Dexter," "Weeds" helped significantly boost Showtime's ratings and paved the way for other edgy adult programs like "Nurse Jackie." Unfortunately, the show’s audience in 2011 went from 1.2 million viewers for the premiere to 560,000 viewers for the finale.
Showtime’s president of entertainment, David Nevins, released a statement saying:
“We all felt that it was the right time and right way to end it. It was very important to us that we bring the story of Nancy Botwin [Parker] and her family to a satisfying conclusion for the devoted fans that have spent years supporting this series. [Show creator Jenji Kohan] has managed to surprise us every step of the way and I am confident in her plan for a spectacular series end.”
Kohan has admitted that she is sad to hear her show is ending, but says, “I’m so proud of what we do here and that it’s about a strong woman lead who is really flawed.”
She admits that writing the final season will be a challenge, but one she appreciates. “We wrack our brains every year for crazy cliffhangers and we’re trying to figure out how to top ourselves.
The final season of "Weeds" premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 1 on Showtime.