Showtime's Mary-Louise Parker pot dealer dramedy "Weeds" will end after its upcoming eighth season, the network said.
The series, which returns for its final season July 1, has followed suburban widow Nancy Botwin as she tries to provide for her family by selling pot. The setting of the Jenji Kohan-created series has shifted during its run from California to Seattle, Wash., Dearborn, Mich., New York City, and — in the season 7 finale — to Connecticut.
"'Weeds' has been a seminal series, which was key in establishing Showtime as a home for great original programming," said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. "It had a groundbreaking run; entering its eighth season, it's one of the longest-running comedies in the history of cable. 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 and her family to a satisfying conclusion for the devoted fans that have spent years supporting this series. Jenji has managed to surprise us every step of the way and I am confident in her plan for a spectacular series end."
Among the show's 20 Emmy nominations were three for Parker for outstanding lead actress in a comedy and three for Elizabeth Perkins for supporting actress in a comedy. The show was also nominated for best comedy in 2009. It won an Emmy for sound mixing in 2009 and for cinematography in 2010.
In March, Kohan signed an overall deal with Lionsgate, which produces "Weeds," in which she remained its show runner and executive producer. She will also serve as co-creator and executive producer of the upcoming Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" and develop other projects.
Production on the new series — based on Piper Kerman's memoir, "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison" — is slated to begin this fall.
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