Longtime American actor Richard Dreyfuss is making a brief return to television this summer with a multiple-episode guest appearance on Showtime’s peripherally pot-based comedy series Weeds. Dreyfuss will be playing an unexpected character from Nancy Botwin’s past.
This season sees Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and family on the run after Shane (Alexander Gould) killed Pilar (Kate del Castillo) with a croquet mallet at the end of the fifth season. In order to avoid the Mexican FBI, the police, and the cartels, the Botwins have to pack up, ditch their cell phones and IDs, and take to the road.
Dreyfuss, who is best known for his turn as the titular music teacher and father of a deaf son in the inspiring Mr. Holland’s Opus (1996), will join a slate of previously announced Weeds guest stars, including Linda Hamilton, Peter Stormare, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, as well as returning guest stars Alanis Morissette and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The sixth season of Weeds premieres August 16th at 10PM on Showtime.