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Showtime Will Drag Out the 'Tired Carcasses' of 'Weeds' and 'Nurse Jackie' for Reboots

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 16, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 16, 2023 |


One of the peculiar things about consolidating all these networks under the umbrella of one streaming network owned by conglomerates is that, often, the only value left in a network is in its IP. Take Paramount+, which has essentially merged Paramount, Showtime, Nickelodeon, CBS, VH1, and MTV under one banner. Moving ahead, however, the streamer can simply release series — like Fatal Attraction or Rabbit Hole — under the Paramount+ banner, even if a show like Fatal Attraction might be a great fit with the Showtime brand.

The future is Paramount+, which renders networks like Showtime as outdated relics. I would not expect to see many new, original series coming out of Showtime in the future. Instead, now that Showtime and Paramount+ have been virtually merged, the only value in Showtime is its IP. That’s why, instead of attempting to launch another Yellowjackets, Showtime will simply revive its old shows.

The network has already announced that there will be more Dexter and more Billions spin-offs, and potentially more Ray Donovan. They canceled The L Word: Generation Q, but they’re working on another L Word reboot.

Now, it appears that Showtime is revisiting a couple of shows that, like Dexter, overstayed their welcome the first time around: Weeds and Nurse Jackie. The Weeds reboot would come from Christian Torpe, creator of the Danish series Rita, and would feature Nancy (Mary Louise Parker) in Copenhagen, while Edie Falco would return to a Nurse Jackie revival by writers from the original series, Abe Sylvia and Liz Flahive. They are still working on that concept.

Interestingly, before Deadline announced the reboots were coming, Justin Kirk — during press for Succession — mentioned that Showtime was attempting to revive Weeds, in which he starred alongside Mary Louise Parker. He didn’t seem particularly enthusiastic about the idea.

“Even as a fan, do you really want to see us all old and coming back? By the time of Season 8, I don’t think the general idea was, ‘We should keep doing this! Look, I love those people, I love that character. I probably know as much as you do about any future reboots.

“I know they were talking about it, about what it could possibly be. I had heard rumors of various iterations. Once, I heard about it being a prequel with younger characters, and then you just see us in flash-forwards. So I have no idea. Although weirdly enough, I did recently hear of it again, so they may be trying to drag its tired carcass out.”

They are, indeed, although if it is set in Copenhagen, it’s unclear if Justin Kirk will be along for the ride. That is a shame because he almost single-handedly kept it interesting in those floundering final seasons. I wonder if they’ll bring back the kids played by Hunter Parrish — who still appears in the odd show here or there — and Alexander Gould, who seems to have retired from the business?

By the way (spoilers), I forgot how Weeds ended, and looked it up only to get mad all over again that the series made Andy (Justin Kirk) and Nancy a couple. He always seemed to have a little brother vibe, and that seems wrong. Also, I am now remembering that Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Nancy’s late husband.