For some time we've been hearing about 'Homeland' showrunner Howard Gordon's buzzworthy new FX drama pilot 'Tyrant,' initially set to be directed by Ang Lee until the 'Life of Pi' helmer bowed out for 'Harry Potter' vet David Yates, but now the Middle Eastern thriller has smoked out its most recognizable casting yet. 'Weeds' toker and 'Animal Practice' doc Justin Kirk has been added to the pilot in a major role, but as whom?
"Convenience" is a word we fear in television shows -- a word that indicates an avoidance of effort for the sake of tidying up a narrative. This week 'Weeds' embraced convenience by evaporating Jill and sending Andy off on his next relationship adventure. "Abrupt" is also a word that comes to mind.
"How far is it from beginning to end," Stevie asks Nancy near the end of this week's 'Weeds' as she stares existentially at a map of New England, where her job is sending her for two weeks out of every month. And even though Nancy left her drug business behind, she's still traveling down the same path -- it's up to her where it ends.
You wouldn't think a suburban drama about a widow taking up marijuana sales would prove chock-full of mystery, but here we are after eight seasons of 'Weeds' cliffhangers. So with the series finale in sight, what future mysteries does Showtime hold for the Botwin clan? At least one piece of the pie is yet to be filled in as 'American Pie' and 'American Reunion' star Natasha Lyonne will appear in the two-part series finale in a mysterious new role. Who is she, and why all the secrecy?
Nancy continues to try and dig her and her family out of the massive hole she's dug over seven seasons in this week's episode of 'Weeds,' titled "Red in Tooth and Claw." This week is a marked improvement over the first four episodes, exploring how easily it is to tear down something we've worked so hard to build.