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Michelle Trachtenberg on 'Weeds,' Returning to 'Gossip Girl' & Her Showbiz Role Model

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 12th 2011 12:00PM
Michelle TrachtenbergLet's get this straight: Michelle Trachtenberg only plays a pot dealer on TV. If you happen to overhear the actress discussing her side job while walking down the street, know that it's only her role as college student Emma on the seventh season of 'Weeds' that she's talking about.

Emma has caused plenty of trouble for the fresh-outta-prison Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker), as the two women fight over the same New York City territories for their dueling weed businesses. "Emma is probably just as ruthless as Nancy is, except without as much of the experience," Trachtenberg told AOL TV when she called us last week to discuss her 'Weeds' guest arc.

Below, the 25-year-old actress expounds on what it's like to deal drugs (fictionally, of course), hooking up with Hunter Parrish and the A-list star she's modeling her career after.

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Silas Gets a Modeling Gig, But Almost Dies in a Bubble on 'Weeds' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 6:54AM
'Weeds' - 'Game-Played'Silas had something going in Copenhagen as a model, so he decided to dip his toes into the New York modeling scene on 'Weeds' (Tue., 10PM ET on Showtime). He actually managed to score a well-paying gig, but when it came time for it, the scene was kind of bizarre and ultimately dangerous.

Silas was basically trapped in a giant clear rubber ball sporting nothing but a tiny white pair of trunks. Sure, he looked the part, but when things went wrong, could it hurt his chances at future gigs in this actually legitimate business venture?

It didn't seem like he was all that interested, as he stormed off in a huff after nearly dying. Can't say we blame him for that.

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To Be Gracious, Mary-Louise Parker Accepts Pot From Fans of 'Weeds' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 30th 2011 5:09AM
Mary-Louise Parker, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'When you've been associated with a certain type of character for a while, fans might start to share that with you. Maybe people give Bill Cosby sweaters, or tools to Tim Allen. On 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37 AM ET on CBS), Mary-Louise Parker reveals that her fans give her marijuana.

Can you imagine what Bryan Cranston's fans are giving him?

Parker doesn't smoke pot herself, but said, "I try to be gracious. I'm not gonna not take it." After all, they're always so proud of it. Most, she said, say they grew it themselves and promise her it's excellent.

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Nancy Finds Prison Connection, Possible New Career on 'Weeds' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 28th 2011 1:27AM
'Weeds' season 7 premiereThe seventh season of 'Weeds' (Mon, 10PM ET on Showtime) kicked off with some major changes for our principal characters. If you haven't watched it yet, you need to be somewhere else right now. Like maybe in front of your television watching it. You've been warned.


After three years(!) in prison, Nancy gets out on good behavior and we're introduced to the new status quo for 'Weeds.' That's right, just like that it's three years later and Nancy's finishing out her sentence in a halfway house. With the cartel gone, she's even safer for now. But, she's looking to mess that up real quick.

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Mary-Louise Parker Pranks Bruce Willis With a Live Alligator (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 8th 2010 2:15PM
After Bruce Willis tells Mary-Louise Parker that fans sometimes respond to him as if they've seen "an alligator fly out of a swamp and start singing Chuck Berry," Parker decides to prank Willis with an actual live alligator on the set of their movie 'Red,' she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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'Weeds' Guys Justin Kirk and Hunter Parrish Dish on Season 6

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Sep 14th 2010 8:00PM
The last season of 'Weeds' ended with a bang – or, well, thud – when Nancy's teenage son Shane (spoiler alert!) killed the pesky politico Pilar with a croquet mallet. Season six picks up where they left off, and follows the Botwins as they try to navigate their way out of yet another very tricky situation.

This season includes some notable guest appearances, including cameos by 'Saved by the Bell' alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar and 'Terminator' star Linda Hamilton. We caught up with Justin Kirk, who plays the lovable Uncle Andy Botwin, and Hunter Parrish, who plays Nancy's oldest son, Silas, and pried secrets about the new season out of them. We chatted about everything from murder to cougars to how Kirk landed a vampire movie during a visit to the Playboy Mansion.

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'Weeds' Season 6 Trailer: Nancy Botwin's Crazy Ride (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 6:30PM
Weeds Season 6 Trailer, Mary-Louise ParkerWatching the season 6 trailer for 'Weeds' makes me remember how much of a serious GIRL-CRUSH I have on Mary-Louise Parker and how much I've missed the show. It seems like years since the season five finale, 'All About My Mom,' but it was just last August. Thank goodness Showtime isn't going to make us wait another year or two for season six. It premieres Aug. 16.

Based on the season 6 trailer below, it looks like 'Weeds' is getting a much-needed reboot. I was looking over my reviews from last season, and wow, you guys were not happy with me, because I just wasn't digging the show at all.

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TV Guide Picks Up Reruns of 'Weeds'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2010 3:21PM
WeedsWhile you weren't looking, the TV Guide Network changed into a channel you actually might want to watch. What was once a channel filled with a giant TV schedule grid and various celebrity interviews and tedious gossip stories is slowly (or maybe not so slowly, based on how things are have been progressing lately) becoming a channel with actual TV shows and content.

First they picked up repeats of ABC's 'Ugly Betty,' and then a few days ago we told you that they picked up repeats of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (with a new panel discussion segment hosted by Susie Essman). Now MediaWeek reports that the network will start showing reruns of the Showtime series 'Weeds.'

The fact that new owners Lionsgate wants to show some scripted shows on the channel is great news. This doesn't mean the grid is going away, it's just going to be a lot smaller.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actress

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:02AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the women who made us laugh the most during the decade.

Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.

The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.

Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:

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Mary-Louise Parker Breaks Toe While Filming Love Scene for 'Weeds' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 23rd 2009 9:21AM
Note to Mary-Louise Parker: If a bone breaks during sex, you're probably doing something wrong.

Parker told Chelsea Handler on 'Chelsea Lately' that she broke her toe after smashing it on a bed frame while filming a love scene for 'Weeds.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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What Jane is thankful for

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 23rd 2008 5:02PM
Jack BauerOh my. So much to be thankful for, even though the fall season hasn't been all that great. Here's my list:

Rogue agents. It's been Far.Too.Long since Jack Bauer has entered our living room, and we couldn't be more gleeful about his return - both the 24 movie and the series in January. Welcome back, Jack! We missed you! Well, my son and I have! My daughter and husband don't get you, but that's ok!

Mad scientists. That crazy Walter Bishop really brightens up our Tuesday nights around here. My son goes to school on Wednesday, talks about Fringe with his buddies, then texts me back their thoughts on The Observer, the cylinders, Massive Dynamic and all the rest. Of course, Walter is the best thing about the show. We love him.

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Weeds: If You Work for a Living, Why Do You Kill Yourself Working? (season finale)

by Erin Martell, posted Sep 16th 2008 10:12AM
Mary-Louise Parker(S04E13) The final shocking revelation of the season--which wasn't so shocking, if you heard the rumors--made me want to write off the Weeds season finale as unimaginative. To offer up such a commonplace TV twist, and to do it in the last moments of the episode, was definitely not original.

As season finales go, this episode wasn't legendary (I'll never regard that word the same way again, thanks to Doug). However, there were a few scenes that gave us the Weeds we've always loved, and I'd like to believe that the show's distinct, dark humor will have a stronger presence next season.

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Weeds: Till We Meet Again

by Erin Martell, posted Sep 9th 2008 7:44AM
Allie Grant(S04E12) A lot can happen in two weeks! Weeds took a short break and returned in the form of an action-packed drama. If this episode set the tone for next week, we can expect the finale to be a departure from the flaky, in-over-her-head Nancy from seasons past. Things have gotten serious on our little drug comedy.

Fortunately, there were some lighter moments. Naked Andy always mellows things out, and Celia gave us some laughs as well. Naturally, her rehab breakthrough came from a selfish place, which led to some hilarious backhanded apologies. Will there be any time for humor in next week's season finale?

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Weeds: Head Cheese

by Erin Martell, posted Aug 26th 2008 8:37AM
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The truth hurt almost everyone this week. The stress of having both a deflowered son and knowledge of the tunnel's other uses took its toll on Nancy. Harsh reality set in for the others as well. Doug's faults weren't lost on Maria, Celia's lack of insurance affected her recovery, and Bob Odenkirk made me lose confidence in commercial airline pilots. Where's Jimmy Jam when you need him?

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Weeds: The Love Circle Overlap

by Erin Martell, posted Aug 19th 2008 8:21AM
Demian Bichir and Mary-Louise Parker(S04E10) Season four of Weeds has been a season of breakthroughs. Ever since Nancy left Agrestic and started over, she's been re-examining her life and coming to terms with her personal failures. The big question is: Will she ever truly change her behavior?

Her self-awareness has yielded some positive results, like her dinner table apology and her throwdown with Lisa, but we've yet to see any significant changes. Will this week's discovery make a difference?

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