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‘Weeds’ Sequel Series With Mary-Louise Parker In Works At Starz

November 7, 2019 2:57pm

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Starz is working on a sequel series to Weeds, the Showtime series starring Mary Louise-Parker that ran for eight seasons from 2005-12. The news was revealed on Starz owner Lionsgate’s second-quarter earnings call Thursday.

Lionsgate TV produced the original series, which was created by Jenji Kohan. Louise-Parker is attached to executive produce and star in the new project, which Lionsgate says is in development. The reboot picks up with the Botwin family 10 years after the events of the original series in an era of marijuana legalization. Victoria Morrow is the writer/executive producer.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during the call that Weeds and fellow Lionsgate TV series Mad Men will also be taken into the syndication marketplace next year.

In the original Weeds, Parker played a widowed mother of two boys
(Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould) who begins selling marijuana to support her family after her husband’s death. Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, Andy Milder, Allie Grant, Tonye Patano and Romany Malco also starred. In its first year, Weeds was Showtime’s highest-rated series, with its Season 4 premiere drawing 1.3 million viewers, Showtime’s then-highest-ever viewership.

Over the course of its run, the series won two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award as well as a WGA Award.

Variety broke the news first today ahead of the Lionsgate earnings call.

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Starz is working on a sequel series to Weeds, the Showtime series starring Mary Louise-Parker that ran for eight seasons from 2005-12.

You can now hire someone to pull weeds in Animal Crossing

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Not everyone hates Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ weeds. They’ve started to grow on me — heh — and I’m letting them grow wild on the upper tiers of my island, Sears. But for some players, the weeds are overwhelming. Time travelers are especially impacted by weeds. They spread quickly around islands, stalks and clovers sprouting up wildly. Want to time travel but don’t want to pick those weeds? You can hire someone to do that. The best part? It’s free!

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons player, Tyran, started a weed pulling business: WeedCo Weed Removal Services. Demand for the business has been so high that Tyran is hiring new weeders to keep up. Advertised on Reddit and spotted by Eurogamer this morning, WeedCo Weed Removal Services is absolutely free, but tips are encouraged. “We work for free but accept tips,” Tyran said on Reddit. “Don’t worry, people are usually very generous.”

Tyran posted a video to Reddit on Monday, showing new employee training. During the training, Tyran has his trainee, an Animal Crossing: New Horizons player who goes by essjane, pick weeds in a variety of scenarios — like behind tricky cliffs. Even if you don’t want to hire the service to pluck your weeds, you can learn from Tyran and essjane. To peek behind trees and cliffs, Tyran instructs essjane to open the inventory by pushing X. That rotates the camera so you can see less visible areas. If you’re particularly good, maybe you can earn your WeedCo uniform.

“I don’t time travel, so I like picking others’ weeds,” WeedCo employee essjane told Polygon. “Whenever I go to friends’ islands, it’s the first thing I do. The customer can keep the weeds if they want, or they can use them as payment for services.”

Tyran started the project to earn resources for hedges and other recipes, but it’s got benefits outside of that, according to essjane.

“I have a lot of anxiety, and I find it calming to do repetitive movements in games,” she said. “I love resource collecting and the sounds that the game makes. It’s a tedious process, but I have a lot of down time in the game and this keeps it fun, going to other islands and getting ideas.”

Plus, they’ve got the skills to do a good job. “We know the tricky spots that weeds like to hide, and I know not everyone has the time to play every day,” essjane said.

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There are plenty of ways to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. One of those ways is starting your own business. That’s exactly what some players are doing: plucking weeds for other users — for free. Tips are always appreciated, though.