Showtime has just announced it will cancel Jenji Kohan’s critically acclaimed pot-dramedy WEEDS after it concludes its eighth season.
Largely recognized as one of the shows (Dexter being the other) that propelled Showtime into “HBO-level” territory for original content, Weeds has been nominated for more than 30 Golden Globe and Emmy Awards over its series’ run.
Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins spoke about Weeds‘ 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..
Kohan has expressed her disappointment in the show’s cancellation but acknowledged her appreciation for Showtime, especially that they’re giving her a chance to wrap the show up the show’s several on-going plot-lines.