Sad news from the Showtime hit 'Weeds'. Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins is leaving her popular role and frenemy Nancy Botwin behind to go back to the big screen.
Perkins, who plays the crabby, yet hilarious, breast cancer-survivor plotting neighbor Celia Hodes on the Showtime series, will be missing when the show returns for its sixth season on Aug. 16. She'll be off playing James Marsden's mom in the upcoming live-action/CG-animated flick 'I Hop.'
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perkins is also developing a sitcom as a starring vehicle for herself. In a 2009 interview with AOL TV, Perkins said she and 'Weeds' co-star Mary-Louise Parker have talked about starring together in an American remake of the hit Britcom 'Absolutely Fabulous.'
As for how 'Weeds' will deal with the actress' departure, that could be a challenge, since her Celia was about to embark on a big, and almost certainly hilarious, storyline. In the season 5 finale, Celia was living in a storage locker and had decided to emulate her pal Nancy (Parker) by starting her own drug-dealing team with ex-hubby Dean (Andy Milder), frenemy Doug (Kevin Nealon) and daughter Isabelle (Allie Grant).
I will miss her character and her relationship with Nancy. Elizabeth Perkins and Mary Louise Parker shared such a chemistry that even when their characters hated each other, their insults were filled with love.
Via TV Squad