Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan, that aired on Showtime from August 7, 2005 to September 16, 2012. Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys Silas and Shane, begins selling marijuana to support her family. Other main characters include Nancy's laid-back brother-in-law Andy Botwin, who moves in to help raise her children, naive acquaintance Doug Wilson, narcissistic neighbor Celia Hodes, who lives with her husband Dean and their daughter Isabelle, as well as Nancy's wholesalers Heylia James and Conrad Shepard. Over the course of the series, the Botwin family become entangled in illegal activity; the first three seasons are set in the fictional town of Agrestic, California. During seasons 4 and 5, the Botwins reside in the fictional San Diego suburb of Ren Mar. In season 6, the family relocates to Seattle and Dearborn, Michigan. In season 7, the family resides in New York City, living in Manhattan for the duration of the season, but relocate to Connecticut in the season 7 finale and throughout season 8.
When the show debuted on the Showtime cable network, it earned the channel's highest ratings. In 2012, TV Guide Network bought the airing rights and provided an edited version of the show free of charge; the show has received numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Satellite Awards, one Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild Award, a Young Artist Award. In November 2019, it was revealed that a sequel series was in the development at Starz, titled Weeds 4.20. The series features Mary-Louise Parker reprising her role with the story set 10 years after the conclusion of the original series. Victoria Morrow, a producer on the writing team for Weeds, is set to return as writer and executive producer on the spin-off series, while original series creator and showrunner Jenji Kohan is not yet confirmed to be involved, along with any other returning cast. Produced by Tilted Productions, in association with Lionsgate Television, the show is inspired by crime series, such as The Shield and The Sopranos, in the sense of an antihero serving as the protagonist while retaining an individual moral code, which goes against the norms of society.
The title, according to Kohan, refers "including marijuana and widow's weeds. The basic premise, as illustrated by the lyrics of the opening song from seasons 1-3 and 8, satirizes off-color characters struggling with faux suburban reality, in which everything is "all style, no substance". According to Kohan, she first pitched the series to HBO. Robert Greenblatt invested in the show. Showrunner and head writer Jenji Kohan, whose credits include Tracey Takes On... Mad About You, Sex and the City, is the executive producer of the series, alongside Roberto Benabib, of Little City fame. Kohan explains how she and Benabib "tag team" in running the writers room; the writer Matthew Salsberg and director Craig Zisk joined as executive producers in seasons. Following Zisk's departure from the series after five seasons, Mark Burley, director Scott Ellis, Lisa Vinnecour were added as executive producers. By season 8, writers Victoria Morrow and Stephen Falk became the other executive producers. Exterior scenes for the first two seasons were shot exclusively in Stevenson Ranch, a suburban area of Santa Clarita Valley, California.
The large fountain and Agrestic sign in the opening credits of the first three seasons was shot at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Holmes Place. The name "Stevenson Ranch" was digitally replaced with "Agrestic"; the overhead satellite view in the beginning of the credits in the first three seasons is of Calabasas Hills, a gated community in Calabasas, California. The shot of the It's A Grind coffee shop in the introduction is of an It's A Grind in Castaic, California; the show was filmed at Red Studios known as Ren-Mar studios. The show moved to Universal Studios in Los Angeles for season 7, where it is noted on the studio tour. A version of this Wikipedia page served as the introduction for the season 5 episode titled "Where the Sidewalk Ends". For the seasonal plots, see Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8. Nancy Botwin is a single mother who lives in Agrestic—a fictional suburb of Los Angeles—with her two children, 15-year-old Silas and 10-year-old Shane, when the series begins.
The pilot opens a few months after the untimely death of Nancy's husband Judah, who had a heart attack while jogging with their younger son. Nancy begins selling marijuana to maintain the upper middle-class lifestyle provided by her late husband's salary; the series follows Nancy's life as she gets drawn into the criminal system, develops a client base, starts a front to hide her selling, creates her own strain of weed called MILF, relocates her family to stay out of jail and protect her children. Featured in the ensemble cast are her lazy, wisecracking brother-in-law Andy Botwin; the principal character is Nancy Price Botwin, a housewife from Southern California who becomes a pot dealer after her husband Judah dies. Although her drug-dealing career achieves mixed success, she rises to the highest levels of an international drug-smuggling cartel. Nancy remarries three times during the series. First, she has an und
Ethos Water, a Starbucks subsidiary, is a brand of bottled water with a social mission of "helping children get clean water." Ethos began in 2001 when Peter Thum had the idea after working in communities in South Africa that lacked access to clean water. Thum, working as consultant for McKinsey & Company at the time, realized the potential to create a bottled water brand to raise awareness and funding for safe water programs; the idea became an obsession for Thum, he wrote the business plan for Ethos, left McKinsey, moved to New York in early 2002 to start the venture. Thum recruited his business school classmate Jonathan Greenblatt to join Ethos in late 2002, they launched operations as a bottled water company in August 2003, formed an organization called Ethos International to invest funds from the business in safe water programs. Since only $0.05-0.10 of the retail price goes to charity, the Ethos brand is commercial and therefore a for-profit organization. As of at least 2009, through the Starbucks Foundation, had granted more than $6 million, according to the company, to help support water and hygiene education programs.
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Key Largo is a German-style board game designed by Paul Randles with Mike Selinker and Bruno Faidutti. It was published in 2005 in 2008 by Paizo Publishing; the game takes place in 1899 in the Key Largo area of Florida, where treasure-hunting companies seek gold and artifacts from shipwrecks before the hurricane season. The players hire divers, buy equipment, search wrecks throughout the game; the game has a simultaneous action sequence which lets players choose locations for their ships to go twice per day, in the course of a ten-day game sequence. Though not published by the same companies, in many ways it is a thematic sequel to Randles' game Pirate's Cove; the cover of the French edition, by artist David Cochard, is a parody of an illustration in The Adventures of Tintin comic Red Rackham's Treasure. Hurricane Katty is named for Katty Pepermans; the faces on the money are caricatures of Randles, Selinker and game editor Nicolas Anton. Key Largo at Bruno Faidutti's website Key Largo at BoardGameGeek