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‘Weeds’ on fresh path

Skein grows at Showtime with 12 new episodes

Showtime is lighting up more “Weeds.”

Paybox has greenlit a 12-episode second season of the comedy about a dope-selling suburban mom. New episodes are slated for next summer. Creator Jenji Kohan exec produces.

Order arrives on the heels of the skein’s three Golden Globe nominations for comedy series, actress Mary-Louise Parker and supporting actress Elizabeth Perkins.

Comedy is the first to be renewed by Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt, whose half-hour efforts have included “Fat Actress” and the small-screen adaptation of “Barbershop.”

“Weeds” represents “the best of what Showtime can offer — a provocative, complex, richly textured show about contemporary family life that also manages to be incredibly relatable,” Greenblatt said. “This show makes our network shine.”

Series premiered in August to decent ratings for Showtime, grabbing 1.4 million viewers for the first three showings of episode one.

Globe noms rep a first for Lions Gate Television, which produces “Weeds” in association with Tilted Prods.

Production on the second season begins in the spring. Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk, Romany Malco and Tonye Patano also star.