Showtime is planning to revive two of its popular comedy series, Nurse Jackie and Weeds. The new projects are currently in the early stages of development and are expected to feature the original leads, Edie Falco and Mary-Louise Parker, who will also serve as executive producers. While deals are still being negotiated, the network and Lionsgate Television have not commented on the matter.
The Weeds revival is said to be written and executive produced by Christian Torpe, known for creating the Danish series Rita. The story will reportedly take place in Copenhagen, with Parker reprising her role as Nancy. On the other hand, the Nurse Jackie sequel is expected to be written and executive produced by Abe Sylvia and Liz Flahive, who previously worked on the original series.
These sequels align with Showtime’s new programming strategy, which focuses on building franchises. The network has recently commissioned offshoots of other signature series like The L Word, Billions, and Dexter.
Efforts to continue the Weeds story have been ongoing for several years. In 2019, Starz, a sibling company of Lionsgate TV, announced a follow-up series set 10 years after the original show, exploring the Botwin family’s lives in an era of marijuana legalization. However, this new revival takes a different approach.
The original Weeds, created by Jenji Kohan, followed the story of Parker’s character, a widowed mother who turns to selling marijuana to support her family. The show aired from 2005 to 2012 and garnered critical acclaim, winning multiple awards including Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
Nurse Jackie, a hospital dramedy, starred Edie Falco as a complex ER nurse struggling with addiction while juggling her responsibilities as a mother. The series, which aired from 2009 to 2015, also received critical acclaim and earned several Primetime Emmy Awards.
The revivals of Nurse Jackie and Weeds are part of Showtime’s efforts to capitalize on the success and popularity of these beloved series, offering fans new stories and the return of their favorite characters. While specific details about the plots and timelines of the sequels are yet to be revealed, fans can look forward to reconnecting with the unique worlds of these shows in the near future.