Showtime Orders 15 More Episodes of Weeds!!

Source: Showtime Networks Inc.
Hot off last month’s shocking second season finale of “Weeds” — the most-watched episode in its history — Showtime is green lighting 15 new episodes for the third season of the award-winning series, it was announced today by Showtime Network’s President of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt. The network’s most watched comedy and critical darling, “Weeds” is a biting and satirical look at the complicated life of a suburban, pot-dealing mother. Produced by Lionsgate in association with Tilted Productions, “Weeds” stars Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Tonye Patano, Romany Malco, Justin Kirk and Kevin Nealon. Created and executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Jenji Kohan, the series will resume production in Los Angeles in spring 2007 for a summer premiere.

“‘Weeds’ is quintessential Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” says Greenblatt. “This acclaimed show will be the centerpiece of our comedy strategy for several years to come, though labeling it just a comedy doesn’t do it justice. It combines comedy and pathos in a way that seems to represent real life better than almost any show out there.”

“‘Weeds’ continues to surpass all our expectations and we’re delighted about the pick-up,” says Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s President of Television Programming and Production. “The talent — both in front of and behind the camera — is extraordinary, and we’re excited about our continuing relationship with Showtime, which has gone above and beyond to support the unique creative vision of the series since day one.”

Probably No Weeds In Sight!!

The gated 1918 Spanish-style home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,000-plus square feet. The property also has a pool, outdoor shower and guesthouse.Elizabeth Perkins, who earned an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination this year playing Mayor Celia Hodes on the Showtime series ‘Weeds’ has sold her home in the Windsor Square section of Los Angeles for $3.2 million.

Elizabeth @ The Early Show!!

Elizabeth Perkins has been a busy actress for 20 years, but she says her current role is the one she’s always wanted.

She won an Emmy nomination for playing an off-the-wall suburban mom in the Showtime drama/comedy, “Weeds.”

When told by co-anchor Julie Chen on The Early Show Tuesday that she “was born to play Celia” (Perkins’ character in “Weeds”), Perkins responded with a chuckle, “Oh, thank you. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not!”

Chen assured Perkins she did indeed intend for the remark to be a compliment.

“I think she’s (Celia’s) sort of insane, actually,” Perkins continued, with another chuckle.

“This show pushes a lot of buttons,” Perkins observed. “We go really far. You know, if there’s a boundary, we’re gonna cross it. If there’s an envelope, we’re gonna push it. And Celia’s pretty much politically incorrect in every decision that she makes, particularly in her relationship with her daughter, which is … pushing a lot of boundaries with eating disorders, with mothering issues. I would never talk to my daughter the way Celia talks to her daughter.”

Celia is always telling her 13-year-old daughter that she’s fat. Perkins’ real-life daughter is 15.

“This season, we go pretty far,” Perkins pointed out. “There’s a couple of episodes that are really intense.”

What makes Celia so out of control, so wild?

“I think Celia’s angry because she’s never — she knows she’s never gonna have the life she thinks they should have had. She’s never gonna have the husband she’s gonna be in love with for the rest of her life. She considers her daughter fat. Her other daughter is sent to juvenile hall. She’s not getting what she wants out of life, and she’s particularly not getting what she wants from Nancy Botwin, her friendship and love.”

Botwin is played by Mary-Louise Parker, and sells marijuana to continue in the lavish lifestyle to which she was accustomed before her wealthy husband died.

“In a lot of ways,” Perkins pointed out, “(the Botwin character is) making a societal statement. It would never occur to Nancy Botwin to downscale, to sell her mansion or cut her housekeeper back to one day a week or to sell her Land Rover or not buy $300 shirts. She’s doing what she has to to survive” in the manner she’s used to.”

The finale of this second season of “Weeds” airs Monday.

Fierce People @ Woodstock Film Festival!!

The Woodstock Film Festival today began offering additional screenings of some of this weekend’s more popular movies with local ties: ”Fierce People” directed by Dutchess County resident Griffin Dunne & Stephanie Daley.

Fierce People, which stars Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland & Elizabeth Perkins will be shown at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck in addition to Friday’s 9 p.m. screening at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Theater in Hunter and Saturday’s 6:45 p.m. show at Upstate.

Film festival venues include Bearsville Theater, 261 Tinker St., Bearsville; Tinker Street Cinema, 132 Tinker St., Woodtstock; Upstate Films, 6415 Route 9, Rhinebeck; Catskill Mountain Foundation Theater, 7960 Main St., Hunter; and Rosendale Theatre, 330 Main St., Rosendale.

Tickets are no longer available online, but can be purchased at the Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, until 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the theaters during their regular box office hours.

Standby tickets will be available for most events and screenings.

The Woodstock Film Festival opens Wednesday with a sneak preview of this year’s best short films, plus drinks and music by The Relatives beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bearsville Theater. It closes on Sunday with sold-out screenings of the Dixie Chicks documentary, “Shut Up and Sing.”

For more information and a full festival schedule, visitwww.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

Autism fundraiser!!

 

Inspirational words were in the air Monday night at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, all for the cause of curing autism.

There were Keith David and Richard Schiff remembering the dreams of Martin Luther King and Albert Einstein; Samantha Mathis and Talia Shire reliving the words of Amelia Earhart and Lucille Ball; James Denton, Christopher Gorham, Amanda Seyfried, Nita Whitaker, Don LaFontaine and Elizabeth Perkins breathing life into dream memories of Oprah Winfrey, Carl Jung, Christopher Reeve, Oscar Wilde, Stephen King and many, many others in the two-hour program.
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