'Weeds' dealt 4th green light


Showtime is still high on "Weeds."

The premium cable network has renewed the Lionsgate-produced comedy series for a fourth season, ordering 13 new episodes. The half-hour series, starring Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing widowed mother in the suburbs, is targeted to go into production in April — pending a WGA strike — for a summer debut.

"Weeds" is in the midst of its third season, for which Showtime had ordered an expanded 15 episodes for scheduling purposes. The series, which Lionsgate produces in association with Tilted Prods., was created and is executive produced by Jenji Kohan.

"Weeds" ranks as Showtime's most-watched original comedy series, with Season 3 outperforming the previous season by 19%, according to Nielsen Media Research. Season 3 also is Showtime's most-watched original series among adults 18-34, and its total viewership divides almost equally between men and women (51% vs. 49%).