January 12, 2012 11:25am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TCA: 'Weeds': 'Real Possibility' That Next Season Could Be Its Last
The upcoming eighth season of Weeds could be its last, Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins told reporters Thursday following his executive session at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.
While discussions are under way with Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, the executive said "it's a real possibility" that Season 8 of the dramedy about drug dealing mother Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and her family of law-breaking delinquents may be its last.
In the Sept. 26 Season 7 finale, which jumped ahead a few years, a sniper set their target on Nancy after she moved into a mansion/"compound" with her son, estranged sister, former brother-in-law, two sons and family friend Doug. The last image viewers saw was Nancy through the sniper's sights with a laser appearing on her forehead, the sound of a gunshot and a blackscreen.
Nevins said Kohan is considering a "couple different paths" that the season could go and is waiting on word from her about the direction of the show, which has picked up multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations during its seven-season run.
The future of the series -- which ranks as Showtime's highest-rated comedy series -- was in question for nearly two months before Showtime announced the eighth-season renewal, time Nevins said was spent negotiating a new license with distributor Lionsgate.
Last season averaged roughly 720,000 viewers, according to Nielsen.
Season 8 will premiere in the summer.