Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
At today’s TCA panel on Weeds, creator-executive producer Jenji Kohan and cast members (Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon and Justin Kirk) were unwilling to reveal any details about how the show’s final season will unfold.
Kohan did say there’s an advantage to knowing this is the show’s final season: “We knew it would be the end just before the season started,” she said. “I was very sad about that, it’s been great. It’s hard to let go of a good thing.”
Added Kohan, “Once we got the news, I thought, oh shit, so many times we’ve written our (season) ending not knowing what is coming next.” This time, she said the finale will not end with a cliffhanger and that “ultimately, it’s a show about family.”
Because they wouldn’t talk much about the final season, Kohan and cast members were asked about their own plans post-Weeds. Parker said her next gig is the movie Red 2 and then “I’m going to look for another TV show. I like doing television. I like it better than doing film.”
Justin Kirk’s new job is as star of NBC’s new comedy Animal Practice, and Kevin Nealon said he will continue his standup career and mentioned his standup comedy special for Showtime (airing Aug. 4) called Whelmed, But Not Overly. He added that he is also writing his own show.
As previously announced, Kohan has a new series in the works for Netflix called Orange Is The New Black. She also said she has a pilot at Showtime called Whales, which she wrote with Weeds producer Matthew Salzberg about professional poker players. Also in the works is a midseason series “that may or may not go” called Split for NBC. That project is also collaboration with a Weeds producer, Stephen Falk.
After the session, Kohan said that working on the new 13-episode series for Netflix reminds her of launching Weeds on Showtime before the network gained its current status. “It’s like Showtime in the beginning in that they [Netflix] are really hands off,” she said. She said the hope is viewers will take advantage of “bulk viewing” of the episodes. And creatively, “my job is just not to fuck up,” she added.