Mary Jane’s Next Dance

The second season of Weeds premieres on Showtime 8/14, and while that theme song was cute the first three times, I don’t know if I can stand to hear Melvina Reynolds yodel “Little Boxes” one more time. Thankfully, the showrunners got stoned, borrowed my iPod, and convinced these artists to cover it.

  • Elvis Costello
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Regina Spektor
  • McGarrigle Sisters
  • Ozomatli
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Tim DeLaughter (Polyphonic Spree)
  • Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher (Squirrel Nut Zippers)

  • Englebert Humperdinck too, but he’s not on my iPod. Each artist’s version will open a different episode.

    I’m really curious to see if the series maintains its high quality (ha!!!) in season two. Especially after reading this interview with creator Jenji Kohan and star Mary-Louise Parker. Apparently the girls gone weed hate each other.

    One ongoing sore point has been Parker’s criticism of Nancy’s parenting, which is “upsetting” to Kohan. “If she’s caught, her children will be orphaned. She’s acting as a bad parent. It’s more obvious to say that she’s a good parent who’s just trying to get by, but I don’t go for the obvious. It’s not interesting to me.”

    As Kohan remembers it, their difference of opinion became so intense last year that, at a table read, Parker “threw a script at me and said that her mother couldn’t watch the show.”

    What most concerned [Parker] ?- and still does -? were tonal shifts, particularly from the black dramedy of the pilot to what she perceives as more straight-up comedy in subsequent episodes. “I feel like it’s been really erratic, partly because there are so many writers,” she explains. “I like to be in control. I like to know a trajectory, and you can’t really have that in television.”

    “There’s no big feud,” insists Kohan. “I’m not sure we completely get each other, but we’ve learned to stay out of each other’s way.” Meaning, they communicate through third parties? “Often, yeah,” says Kohan. “Look, there’s no show without her and there’s no show without me.”

    Sounds like a fun place to work. Speaking of which, make this your wallpaper. Your boss will love it.