"Weeds" — with Tony Winner Mary-Louise Parker — Makes TV Premiere Aug. 7

News   "Weeds" — with Tony Winner Mary-Louise Parker — Makes TV Premiere Aug. 7 Mary-Louise Parker, back on Broadway last season in Craig Lucas' Reckless, stars in the new Showtime comedy series "Weeds," which makes its television premiere Aug. 7.
Mary-Louise Parker in
Mary-Louise Parker in "Weeds" Photo by Peter Iovino/Showtime

The new half-hour comedy will debut Aug. 7 at 11 PM ET on Showtime. The premiere episode is titled "You Can't Miss the Bear." In addition to Parker, the company also includes Elizabeth Perkins (as Celia Hodes), Keavin Nealon (as Doug Wilson), Tonye Patano (as Heylia James), Romany Malco (as Conrad Shepard), Hunter Parrish (as Silas Botwin), Alexander Gould (as Shane Botwin) and Justin Kirk (as Andy Botwin). The ten-episode series, produced by Lions Gate Television, "exposes the dirty little secrets that lie behind the pristine lawns and shiny closed doors of homes in the fictional town of Agrestic, California. Parker stars as a suburban mom who resorts to selling marijuana in order to support her family after her husband unexpectedly dies. Perkins stars as the uptight and dysfunctional head of the PTA and Nealon plays a pot-smoking city councilman."

In the series debut, Parker's character "struggles to deal with the sudden death of her husband, while her best friend and neighbor Celia learns a devastating secret when she tries to catch her daughter in the act with Nancy's son."

"Weeds" is executive produced by Jenji Kohan. Brian Dannelly directed the series premiere.

Mary-Louise Parker won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. She garnered a Tony Award for her work in Proof, and her other Broadway credits include Reckless, Bus Stop and Prelude to a Kiss. She received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award for her work in the latter. Parker's many film credits include "Longtime Companion," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Naked in New York," "Boys on the Side" and "The Five Senses." Parker was also seen in the Mike Nichols-directed TV production of "Angels in America."

Visit www.sho.com for more information.

From Left: Elizabeth Perkins and Mary-Louise Parker in "Weeds"
From Left: Elizabeth Perkins and Mary-Louise Parker in "Weeds" Photo by Darren Michaels/Showtime
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