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Jenji Kohan Grows Weeds

Published August 7, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of Showtime.
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Jenji Kohan created television's first drug dealing comedy-drama with Weeds, the continuing story of Nancy Botwin coping after the death of her husband. As the show enters its third season, her journey will take a major step.

Jenji Talks How to Fertilize Weeds


"I think it's kind of the evolution of a gangster," revealed Kohan. "She's sort of owning what she does and getting comfortable in her skin in that role. I think there are constant shifts in power and different opportunities that present themselves and I think she's learning a business. It's almost the apprenticeship of Nancy Botwin at some points this season."

In learning lessons, one frequently has to learn from her own mistakes. "I think by nature, Nancy will always dig herself into holes. She's somewhat something of a danger junkie but I think she's learning the ropes a little bit better and learning more about what to do and how to handle situations."

Don't worry, folks. Just because she's becoming a better criminal doesn't mean she won't be the same Nancy you know and love. "I think she's still the person she is and I think these are still interesting, awkward situations. I'm not saying the show is not going to change. It may change dramatically in the fourth season. We will always find the funny, I think. Life is funny no matter what you're doing. There's going to be those moments that you have."



Kohan added two new characters to the ensemble. Mary Kate Olsen and Matthew Modine will appear in 10 of the season's 15 episodes. "It was just a matter of when they came in and how much storytelling we were doing at the time. Those were the preliminary deals."

A myriad of A-list musical artists will continue to interpret the Weeds theme song this year. "We're opening with Randy Newman and we have covers. One of my favorites is this woman, Angelique Kidjo who does this great African version of it. We have a version in Russian, a version in Spanish from Keke. We've got Donovan and Joan Baez and The Decemberists and The Shins. That's all I can remember but it's been really, really exciting. It's been a real treat."

Weeds returns to Showtime this August 13th.

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