The Mary-Louise Parker-starring series, which premiered in 2005, has ranged awfully far afield from its beginnings in the upscale fictional suburb of Agrestic, California, and has had the feeling of being on its last legs for a while. At the end of the sixth season in 2010, creator Jenji Kohan told TV Guide that she imagined the seventh season would be the show’s last: “In my mind, it is. Everyone’s contract is up next year, [including] the actors and mine. Seven years is a good run, and I’d rather leave while on top. I’d never say never, but I have a feeling this might be it.”
That didn’t stop everyone from signing back on for another round. Fortunately, Showtime’s David Nevins tells EW the upcoming season will be used to bring things to a fitting end: “There were two shows, Weeds and Dexter, that really got Showtime taken seriously for cutting-edge original programming. How they get brought home is really important. In this case, both for the sake of the two women behind the show [Kohan and Golden Globe-winning star Mary-Louise Parker] and an audience that’s really invested in the show. TV fans love nothing better than to complain about how shows end and we really want to end this one the right way.”
EW goes on to report that in the final season of “Weeds,” “fans can expect a time jump and a return to the suburbs. Beyond that, Kohan hasn’t yet decided how to conclude Nancy’s tale.” At least the series and fans will get the luxury of knowing and planning for the series to wrap, and can offer either a sense of closure or, barring that, some kind of appropriate craziness.
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Next up for Kohan is Netflix original show “Orange Is The New Black,” a 13-episode series based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year at a women’s prison that will premiere exclusively on the streaming site.