A Weeds sequel series is currently in development at Starz. The new series will see the return of Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin. The original show ran from 2005 - 2012 on Showtime and dealt with the underground dealing of marijuana, which went from suburban single mom drug dealer to some more outlandish things in later seasons. The new series will put the focus on the Botwin family once more, though the landscape has changed drastically. It takes place 10 years after the original series in a world where marijuana is legalized.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the new show during a company's earnings call and is referring to it as Weeds 4.20. Original Weeds creator Jenji Kohan is not attached to the project at this time, though that could change. The announcement also involved Mad Men heading to the global syndication marketplace next year. Feltheimer had this to say.
"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... 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 4.20 features writer and executive producer Victoria Morrow, who previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the original series. Mary-Louise Parker is also on board as an executive producer. While the show is in early development, it has yet to receive a production start or release date. However, fans of the original series will more than likely be pretty happy to learn of its return, especially if more of the original cast signs on.
When Weeds started, it gained a massive cult audience that stuck with the series through most of the first handful of seasons. With that being said, the show pretty much ended up jumping the shark in later seasons and was not as well-received as the previous installments. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see where the new show decides to go now that it's ten years later and marijuana is legal in several states.
For many fans, a trip back to realistic times would be a wise decision for Weeds 4.20. As for ramping up further excitement for the series, we need to know if Kevin Nealon will be back or not for us to really getting hyped. The original show saw a falling out between Nancy and her family over legal weed, so we could end up seeing some of fallout from that aspect of the show. Variety was the first to report on the upcoming Weeds sequel series starring Mary-Louise Parker.