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OTRC: 'Weeds' to end after season 8, network says

Mary Louise-Parker turns 48 on August 2, 2012. The actress is known for her work in films such as 'Red,' and most notably for her starring role in the Showtime series 'Weeds.' (Pictured: Mary Lousie Parker appears in a promotional photo from the eighth season of 'Weeds' in 2012.) (Showtime)

"Weeds" will come to an end after it airs its eighth season this summer, Showtime announced on June 13.

The show, which stars Mary Louise Parker as a former suburban marijuana dealer, will permiere its eighth and final season on July 1. The final season will be 13 episodes long and the season's 11th episode marks the series 100th episode.

"Weeds" was created by Jenji Kohan and Parker won a Golden Globe Award in 2006 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role as Nancy Botwin on the show.

"Weeds has been a seminal series for Showtime and was key in establishing the network as a home for great original programming," David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement.

"It was very important to us that we bring the story of Nancy Botwin and her family to a satisfying conclusion for the devoted fans who have spent years following these characters," he added. "Jenji has surprised us every step of the way with her storytelling and I am confident in her plan for a spectacular series conclusion."

The series also stars Justin Kirk, Hunter Parrish, Kevin Nealon and Alexander Gould. The new season finds the Botwin family back in suburban surroundings after their previous adventures in New York City and California.

The show's season finale, which aired in September, ended on a cliff-hanger where someone in the family was shot by a lone gunman during a family dinner.

"Weeds" season 8 kicks off on July 1 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

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