Showtime has announced that the upcoming season of Weeds will be the last. The show that centers around Mary-Louise Parker as a mother who sells pot, will end after an impressive eight season run. While the show has a large and devoted fan-base it has become pretty widely known that creatively it has plummeted the past several seasons. Season Eight will pick up where the big cliffhanger from Season Seven left off, and with the series' end in sight, storylines will start to get some closure. The good news is it means the writers will have time to really write a conclusion and give it the ending it deserves.
This news creates an interesting situation for Showtime, as Dexter will also most-likely be ending after its eight season. The seventh season on Dexter will begin airing on September 30th, but the writers and the network are preparing for its demise after two more rounds. Weeds and Dexter have been extremely high rated shows for the pay-cable network and both of them really helped get viewers to start subscribing to Showtime, allowing it to begin competing with other networks, such as HBO.
The younger drama Homeland will be coming back on air for its second season at the end of September, which has been a huge hit and the highest rated freshman drama ever on the network. They still have comedies such as The Big C, Nurse Jackie and Shameless, but none of those have ever been as widely popular as Weeds or Dexter. They also have several pilots about to come out, so here is hoping that there is something else great coming for Showtime, but no matter what they are, they will all have a tough act to follow if replacing these stellar shows.