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Showtime Grows a Fourth Season of ‘Weeds’.

Sunday, Nov 18, 2007

Showtime has ordered a fourth season of the Emmy nominated comedy “Weeds.”According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new season of the Mary-Louise Parker series would go into production in April (various strikes pending) and would premiere next summer.

The show’s current third season featured an expanded roster of 15 episodes, but the new run is expected to only be the standard 13. The show’s ratings for this season have been up by 19 percent over last year, though Showtime isn’t comfortable giving out hard numbers. “Weeds” has been part of Showtime’s Monday night comedy hour with the already-renewed “Californication” this fall.

Parker won a Golden Globe in 2006 for her performance as suburban pot-dealing mom Nancy Botwin. The show’s five Emmy nominations this year included nods for Parker and co-star Elizabeth Perkins.

The season finale is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund to Award $100,000 in Scholarships

Sunday, Nov 18, 2007

The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund will award $100,000 during its 2007-2008 scholarship program. Applications must be postmarked by February 19, 2008. Since its inception, The HTSF has awarded more than 500 scholarships totaling over one million dollars to students from across the United States. The 2008 scholarships will be awarded at the 17th annual HTSF Gala, which will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Over the past two decades the HTSF has also honored, with its Humanitarian Award, members of the Greek community who are role models for its students to emulate including Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, News Anchors Ernie Anastos, Thalia Assuras and Alexis Christoforous, Actress Marilu Henner, Actor/Singer Constantine Maroulis, CSI:NY star Melina Kanakaredes, daytime drama star John Aniston, Director Nick Cassavetes, Meteorologist Nick Gregory, Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas, Emmy winning Actress Tina Fey, Jim Gianopulos — Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, CSI:Miami star Sofia Milos, Businessmen Thomas O’Brien and Nicholas Bouras, Humanitarian Tita Scandalis-Monti, The Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins, Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis, Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas, and others.

For further information on the HTSF or to obtain an application, visit: www.htsf.org

Elizabeth says: “I don’t think it’s ever easy being the child of an actor”.

Sunday, Nov 18, 2007

She is the mother of four, but that didn’t stop Weeds star Elizabeth Perkins from posing nude for Allure last year. While she took it as a personal challenge to bare all, her children didn’t feel quite as excited about seeing their mother in the buff in a national magazine.

Elizabeth tells Parade:

I’m sure the kids were mixed up it, but they [also] have mixed feelings about my being on Weeds. I don’t think it’s ever easy being the child of an actor.
The magazine was very businesslike and respectful about it. I’m going to be 47 this year and have had absolutely no plastic surgery. They wanted to show that a woman my age can still look like this.

Elizabeth’s children, Hannah, Maximilian, Alexander and Andreas — may struggle with having an actress for a mother, but Elizabeth says they should be even more grateful that she is nothing like her Weeds character, a highly-critical, suburban PTA-mom.Celia is about as diametrically opposed to me as she can be. Elizabeth is married to cinematographer Julio Macat.

2007 Emmy Nominations

Sunday, Nov 18, 2007

I’m so exicted..Today were announced The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and Elizabeth got nominated Congratulations to Elizabeth for her third nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for “Weeds”. Her other contenders are Jamie Pressley (My Name is Earl), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a half Men), Holland Taylor (Two and a half Men) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty).

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on September 16 2007 and click here to see complete list of the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

Leading ladies who generate the most laughs!

Sunday, Nov 18, 2007

This list of my favorite leading comedic actresses is the last of a series spotlighting performers of the 2006-07 TV season.

  • America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty ” (ABC): To successfully navigate “Betty’s” tricky mixture of comedy and drama — not to mention the comical physical mishaps that punctuate Betty Suarez’s work days — is enough of an accomplishment. To make it look effortless, now that’s talent.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS): It’d be easy to make Christine seem like kind of a loser. Yet Louis-Dreyfus imbues this muddling Everywoman with such warm humanity that it’s impossible not to laugh with her, even as you’re laughing at her a little too.
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC): Fey, one of TV’s most incisive comedy writers, doesn’t have the biggest range in the business, but, as fictional comedy writer Liz Lemon, she doesn’t have to. She’s wisely focused on Lemon’s twisted, complicated relationship with NBC executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). Lemon’s no fool, but Donaghy keeps her flummoxed, and so far the antics of those two have given an intriguing anchor to this addictive comedy.
  • Anne Heche, “Men in Trees” (ABC): With that Hepburn-esque diction and those flawless cheekbones, Heche brings a welcome dose of spikiness to what could otherwise have been a rather feckless romantic comedy. Yet Marin Frist’s cool, brainy exterior hides a surprisingly tender heart, and that tension gives this pleasing escapism the texture that it needs.
  • Jenna Fischer, “The Office” (NBC): Fischer has had lots to work with as Pam has grown up, ditched Roy and found her spine. It was hard to see Pam and Jim put off their (I hope inevitable) relationship, but this season gave the subtle and able Fischer a chance to shine, and that’s a good thing.
  • Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds” (Showtime): Though Mary-Louise Parker has many fans of her work in “Weeds,” I find it a bit enigmatic for my taste. I really tune in for the sensational cast surrounding Parker, and foremost among them is Perkins, who took what could have been a stereotypically shrill suburban matron (and possibly the worst mom on TV) and made her both fascinating and funny.

If you’re wondering where Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” is, see my best dramatic actresses list on the Watcher Web site (other lists there: best leading actors in dramas and comedies).

Weeds Season 2 (R1) in July.

Sunday, Nov 18, 2007

 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Weeds: Season Two on 24th July 2007 priced at $39.98 SRP. Starring Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon, “Weeds” examines family life in the suburban neighborhood of Agrestic, California, where recently widowed Nancy Botwin (Parker) is finding it hard to make ends meet while raising her two sons. Funnier, darker and more daring, the second season picks up where season one left off. Nancy’s budding business continues to grow, but keeping up with the neighbors in this suburban utopia isn’t easy. She’s joined up with a few of her closest friends, and together they’re facing life’s highs and lows – because even in paradise, nobody’s perfect.

Timed to coincide with the third season premiering in August on Showtime, Weeds: Season Two includes all twelve episodes presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio and optional English and Spanish subtitles.
The Extras include:

  • 7 Episode Audio Commentaries featuring cast and crew
  • Trivia Tracks on all episodes with out commentaries
  • “Cream of the Crop” featurette with Craig X Rubin
  • “Slangin: 101 Ways to say Weed” featurette
  • “Conrad’s Grow Room” featurette hosted by Romany Malco
  • “Tools of the Trade” featurette
  • Huskaroo Commercials in English and Spanish
  • Gag Reel
  • “Little Boxes” musical montages
  • “Jammin Nation” extended musical performance by Rocky Dawani
  • Showtime original content

*Source: DVD Times