'Weeds' may continue past Season 7; 'Shameless' returns in January

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weeds-season-7-premiere-nancy.jpgBefore the current season of "Weeds" began, there were reports that it would be its last (conflicting reports, to be sure, but it was out there nonetheless).

Now, though, it sounds like the scale is tipping toward the series continuing into an eighth season on Showtime.

"I'm optimistic," Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said Thursday (Aug. 4) at the Television Critics Association press tour. "It's been an interesting year, and I'm excited for people to see where it goes by the end of the season as all the stories coalesce."

Nevins also praises creator Jenji Kohan for "evolving her show and making it move in different places," which he thinks could help extend the life of the show.

"I haven't picked it up yet, but I'm optimistic," he says.

Other notes from Showtime's press tour session:

- Three series -- two veterans and one new show -- will roll premiere Sunday, Jan. 8. "Shameless" will begin its second season at 9 p.m. ET, and it will be followed by the new dark comedy "House of Lies," starring Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson at 10. Season 5 of "Californication" debuts at 10:30 that night.

- The cable channel has also picked up a half-hour series called "Laughing Stock," executive produced by "The Office" star Steve Carell and David Steinberg. The show will feature Steinberg interviewing top comedians, including Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Judd Apatow, Jane Lynch and Carell himself. It will premiere early next year. 
Photo/Video credit: Showtime