“Weeds”: still rolling with more to come

on

In a somewhat ironically timed

announcement, one of the best-written shows on television has been renewed for a fourth season.

Weeds, Showtime’s most

popular original show, is due to start production in April for a summer

2008 premiere. If the writers strike isn’t settled fairly quickly, that

schedule will, of course, change. (Hey, producer/mogul types, just give

the writers their fair share of DVD and new media sales, mm-kay?) But

whenever the next season is, I’m happy we’ll be seeing more of the ever-hot

Mary-Louise Parker, who plays pot-selling mom Nancy Botwin, and

Elizabeth Perkins
as her frustrated foil, Celia Hodes.

Weeds‘ third season

has managed to stay original and funny, with enough twists to keep me

hooked. (No way to say that without a drug pun.) It’s a bit darker than

seasons one and two, but still full of the edgy humor that makes the

show so brilliant. I think Matthew Modine is a strong addition

to the cast as the sleazy developer of Majestic, a Christian community

next to Agrestic. I could live without his continual boinking of Nancy

and Celia, but I like the fact that he is so blatant about using bribery

and manipulation to bring “family values” to the area.

Brooke Smith

has been wonderful, as always. I loved her character Valerie’s interaction with Nancy (despite its

irritating heterosexuality) and hate to see Smith’s guest stint end.

The jury is still out on

Mary-Kate Olsen
, as far as I’m concerned. Her character, Tara, is supposed to be an interesting

contradiction as a Christian, pot-smoking and -dealing, virgin vixen.

But I have no interest in Tara at all. I’m not sure if it’s her lack

of chemistry with Hunter Parrish‘s Silas or just bad acting, but, well, who cares? On

the other hand, Sprague Grayden has joined the cast as

Denise, and I’m already invested in her on the basis of hotness alone.

I’m sure you’re keeping up

with Weeds through Jen and Emma’s vlog, Lesbian Weeds Watching, so I’ll leave the nuances of

plot to them. But let me know what you think

of season three. Are you still watching? Are you happy with the way

the story lines are going? What would you like to see happen in the closing

weeks of season three? And may I show you just one more hot picture

of Mary-Louise?

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