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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Showtime confirms this is the last season of 'Weeds’

Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh on “Weeds.” (JORDIN ALTHAUS - SHOWTIME)
When actors in key roles on a long-running TV series with dwindling ratings (say, Justin Kirk on Showtime’s aged “Weeds”) get cast in starring roles in new TV series (say, NBC’s new comedy “Animal Practice”), it’s usually a good indication that the long-running series is about to, you know, end its long run.

Which is why few were surprised when Showtime confirmed Wednesday what had been assumed since a mere 556,000 people bothered to watch the seventh-season finale’s first telecast: This summer’s eighth season of “Weeds” will be its last.

When “Weeds” debuted in August of 2005, it was about this mom — played by Mary-Louise Parker — who starts selling weed in her upper-middle-class California neighborhood to support her family after the unexpected death of her husband. Since then, The Widow Nancy has gotten around a lot, moving from city to city, done some pretty nasty stuff, including jail time, and been shipped off to rehab.

“‘Weeds’ has been a seminal series for Showtime and was key in establishing the network as a home for great original programming,” Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said in Wednesday’s announcement. “It has had a groundbreaking run, and will be one of the longest-running comedies in the history of cable.

“It was very important to us that we bring the story of Nancy Botwin and her family to a satisfying conclusion for the devoted fans who have spent years following these characters.”

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