Starz is working on a sequel series to Weeds, the Showtime series starring Mary Louise-Parker that ran for eight seasons from 2005-12.
Back in 2005, Weeds debuted on Showtime and introduced mainstream America to the underground dealings of black-market marijuana.
The series was met with critical acclaim upon its debut, eventually racking up 20 Emmy nominations over the course of its run. That includes multiple nominations for best actress in a comedy for Parker as well as for best supporting actress in a comedy for Elizabeth Perkins. The show was also nominated for best comedy series in 2009.
Thanks to marijuana’s newfound popularity and an insatiable demand for relatable content, the show is receiving a revival at Starz. Parker will star and executive produce the sequel, which is being called Weeds 4.20, though series creator Jenji Kohan will not return. Instead Victoria Morrow, a writer and co-executive producer on the original series, would helm the project. Lionsgate Television will produce the show.
The new show picks up with the Botwin family 10 years after the events of the original series in an era of legalization. “Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker is attached to star in and executive produce the potential new series.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the news on the company’s earnings call on Thursday, referring to it as “Weeds 4.20.”
“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,” Feltheimer said. “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.”
Weeds was a stellar show for its first three seasons, but seemed bored with itself in its final iteration. In this time of reboots, remakes, sequels, revitalizations and more properties coming back to life given they already have brand awareness, it is becoming harder and harder to be a property that “makes a comeback.”
I’m sure we’ll hear more as Weeds 4.20 moves forward.
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