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Weeds Revival In the Works at Starz; Mary-Louise Parker Set to Return

By Andy Swift / November 7 2019, 2:53 PM PST

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Just when you thought Weeds was cashed, the Emmy Award-winning dark comedy is being relit. Mary-Louise Parker, who played suburban drug dealer Nancy Botwin in the long-running Showtime series, is reportedly attached to the new project as a star and an executive producer, TVLine’s sister publication Variety reports. The new series would pick up 10 years after Weeds originally ended.

Victoria Morrow, who wrote and co-EP’d the original series, is expected to write and executive-produce the revival. Series creator Jenji Kohan, however, is not yet attached.

Weeds, which ran for eight seasons from 2005 to 2012, also starred Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk, Tonye Patano, Romany Malco, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Andy Milder, Allie Grant and Kevin Nealon. It’s unclear at this time which other original cast members might join Parker in Lionsgate Television’s potential revival.

“As excited as we are about our new series, I want to remind everyone that ‘the old is also new,’ and we’re pleased to be bringing two of the most acclaimed shows in television history, Mad Men and Weeds, to the global syndication marketplace next year,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “We will be launching the marketing campaign for Mad Men, winner of 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes during its eight-year run, later this month. And we’re thrilled to be back in business with series star and producer Mary-Louise Parker on what we’re calling Weeds 4.20, already in active development at Starz, as we prepare a comprehensive and integrated rollout for one of television’s most beloved properties.”

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A 'Weeds' revival is in the works, with Mary-Louise Parker set to return as Nancy Botwin.

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Weeds Sequel Coming To Starz, Called Weeds 4.20

Starz announces that a Weeds sequel show is in early development, with Mary-Louise Parker set to reprise her role as Nancy Botwin.

A sequel show to Weeds is in development at Starz. Weeds began its run on Showtime in 2005, starring Mary-Louise Parker as a mother of two, who turns to selling marijuana after her husband dies. Weeds ran for a total of eight seasons and was one of Showtime’s most popular shows while on the air.

The last time we saw Nancy Botwin and her family was back in 2012 when the series came to a close. The series finale featured a time jump, which revealed that weed was now legal and that Nancy had started her own chain of weed cafés. The episode took place at Steven Ray Botwin’s Bar Mitzvah as a way to bring all of the characters back together and effectively close out the series. Now it looks like Nancy’s story isn’t over just yet.

First reported by THR, Weeds is getting a sequel series that will take place a decade after the finale, in a time when marijuana is legal in multiple states. Parker will return to star and executive produce the series, which is currently being dubbed Weeds 4.20. Veteran Weeds writer Victoria Morrow is returning for the sequel show, but it’s unknown if the series’ creator Jenji Kohan will return to work on the series. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the series in a statement, which can be read below:

“We’re thrilled to be back in business with series star and executive producer Mary-Louise Parker on what we’re calling ‘Weeds 4.20,’ already in active development at Starz, as we prepare a comprehensive and integrated rollout for one of television’s most beloved properties.”

Weeds 4.20 is said to revolve around Nancy and her family, but fans still don’t know if that will include all three of the characters Silas (Hunter Parrish), Shane (Alexander Gould), and Andy (Justin Kirk). By the end of the series, Silas had a child with Megan, Shane had started a career as a cop, and Andy had become a father. Needless to say, there seems to be plenty of avenues that Weeds could expand these character’s storylines, should the actors choose to come back.

The series finale of Weeds wasn’t panned by fans like some of Showtime’s other shows but now does seem like a perfect time to bring back the series if they are ever going to. Several states have legalized marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes, so it makes sense to revive a show about the drug that already features characters fans know and love. The Weeds sequel show is still in development at this point, but fans will surely hear more about the series in the coming months.

Starz announces that a Weeds sequel show is in early development, with Mary-Louise Parker set to reprise her role as Nancy Botwin. ]]>