When “Weeds” begins airing its eighth season on July 1, it will be setting up its swan song. The Mary-Louise Parker comedy — which is in many ways responsible for getting Showtime on the map as a place for premium content — is going to be ending following the conclusion of this season.
In a statement (per Entertainment Weekly), network head David Nevins explains that the decision to end this show came after careful consideration along with a desire to make sure that it ends in the right way:
“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 [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.”
The general belief of many is that “Dexter” will also come to a close after its eighth season in 2013, which would pave the way for such shows as “Homeland,” “House of Lies,” and “Episodes” to become the new anchors of the network’s lineup.
What is your reaction to this sudden news?