I just wanted to thank everyone for reaching out and being so effusive and nice about this last episode, “Boomerang.” The concept of the karmic boomerang is something that has long interested me and it was fun to play it out in various ways in the episode. If you haven’t seen it, it’s repeated constantly on Showtime this week, and on Showtime On Demand (plus, truthfully, it’s pretty easy to find illegally online — shhhhh…). I had a lot of fun writing and producing the episode, but honestly, with craftspeople and actors like these, it’s pretty easy for my words to look good.
As has been widely reported, this week we received a 7th season pick-up. It’s hard to keep a show going for a long time, and our creator/showrunner/executive producer Jenji Kohan has refused to go the easy route with the show, and I think it’s the smart, brave, and correct choice. Had the show stayed in Agrestic, no one would give a shit by this point. The show would have retained its core audience, shed some out of boredom, but would most likely anger few. The fact that so many bemoan losing Agrestic and Celia and “Little Boxes” (and pot, to some extent) and the other elements that made us fall in love with the show in the first place demonstrates the strength, originality, and clarity of vision Jenji (and Roberto Benabib) had, but I think it is the willingness to risk pissing people off, to keep moving and growing and trying new things, that is why people still watch, argue, debate, and ultimately why we and the hundreds of other people Weeds employs are going to have jobs next year… not to mention allowing for the existence of the other Showtime “Bad Moms” (Tara, Jackie, Big C).
Anyway, thanks again for watching, for the nice comments over the last couple years, and even the mean ones, because I’d much rather be on a show that risks alienating its audience than one that does the same thing week after week for fear of shaking things up too much. I don’t know, that doesn’t sound like it would be too much fun.
I watched Boomerang last night, so good!
“A penis fly trap. You’re Dr. Kavagian.” - Andy Botwin
Hey all. So this coming Monday is the first of two episodes I wrote and produced back to back. (I did a third episode but that’s coming at the end of the season.)
This one is called BLISS and some of the elements include: Peter Stormare, Jessica St Clair, Linda Hamilton, a hobo, a hobo cat, an ex-girlfriend of mine in a major role, vajazzling, waterboarding, spanking, chef-shenanagans. (As you can probably tell from that description, the script was originally a Rizzoli & Isles spec I wrote — I just changed the character names.) Oh, and a young, handsome cast member has sex with a naked girl. That’s right: boobs! On Weeds. (My personal goal from the beginning.) (In the original spec it was Rizzoli and Isles going at it, btw.)
If you like the show, please watch or set your DVRs or VHS+ or whatever. It’s sort of a two-parter so it sets up the next episode (which I think is even better). Anyway. Thanks.
You know what Nancy Botwin? I think about this a lot, and I’m not sure.
“If you are a little more tech savvy, you can also grab the VCR and shake it like a silly little bitch. Cause, if you don’t, then it won’t respect you, and if it doesn’t respect you it will never love you, and that goes for all electronics.” - Andy Botwin
From Weeds’ Streamy Nominated University of Andy series, here is University of Andy: TV/VCR Repair
Written by staff writers Dave Holstein and Brendan Kelly. This one is particularly amazing.
Dear Shane Botwin,
You, little sir, are awesome! Sure your big brother is hot. Silas is also simple and emotionally stable. That doesn’t float my tv character boat. I’ve had my eyes on you for years. You, little sir, are getting dangerously close to Ben Linus status, from me, that is a high complement. So…
“We’ll Met again. I’ll be older, but I’ll still be hot. And you’ll be older and you’ll still be the same smart, wise, gentle soul you are now. But you’ll be taller. and I think that you’re gonna do some really interesting things with your facial hair. I just see it. Okay sweetie? Heart hug. Heart hug.”(…)
In the meantime I’ll be at your uncle Andy’s house.
<3 Heart Hug <3,