Today saw the beginning of a new addiction-Weeds. I don't know why I hadn't tried it before. Just waiting for the right time, I guess. I just finished the fourth season of Six Feet Under and I love that show so much that I don't want to see it end after the fifth-but it's there. Looming. So, I'm putting it off and getting high on Weeds. Several people have told me I would like it. And I say to them-sorry I didn't get on it sooner! I'm catching up. I'm six episodes into the show and I immediately started taking a liking to it.
The most experience I had with Mary Louise Parker was through Angels In America in which she plays Harper Pitt, the Mormon/Valium-addict/wife of a closeted lawyer and she handles the chaotic facets of her character's life with such tenacity. The life of her Weeds character of Nancy Botwin, too, has been inundated with more than any one woman should have to handle. I think that Parker's talent lies in exhibiting those struggles in a very genuine manner as she plays women of strength while being open to express vulnerability and affliction that is readable on screen no matter how subtle the emotional subtext.
I can't wait to watch more and am pleased to read that this year the show was renewed for a 5th & 6th season.