The Big C: Showtime Series Renewed for Season Three

The Big C season threeOn The Big C, Cathy (Laura Linney) struggles to win her battle against Stage 4 melanoma. Viewers will be able to continue to watch Cathy fight on next year. Showtime has announced that they’re ordering a third season of The Big C.

Production on the 10 episode season will begin early next year. This will be the smallest season to date for The Big C with previous seasons having 13 installments each. Season three is expected to debut in the second quarter of 2012. The current season began in late June and finishes on September 26th.

Here’s the official press release from Showtime:


LOS ANGELES, CA – (September 1, 2011) – As the powerful second season of THE BIG C draws to a shocking conclusion on Monday, September 26th, SHOWTIME has picked up a third season of the critically-acclaimed comedy series starring Laura Linney as a reserved, suburban wife/mother/teacher whose terminal cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life and find the light side of a dark situation. Ten new episodes will go into production starting early next year for debut in the second quarter of 2012. THE BIG C is created and written by Darlene Hunt, who serves as executive producer, along with showrunner Jenny Bicks, Laura Linney, Neal H. Moritz and Vivian Cannon. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

THE BIG C stars Laura Linney in her Golden Globe(R) Award-winning and Emmy(R)-nominated role as Cathy Jamison. This season, Cathy progressed from Denial to Anger on the grief cycle and has become an all-out warrior in the fight against her Stage 4 melanoma, while her husband, Paul (Oliver Platt), stepped up to become her greatest advocate and treatment “cancierge.” She’s joined in her fight by her new oncologist, Dr. Atticus Sherman (special guest appearance by Alan Alda), and charming new buddy Lee (special guest appearance by Hugh Dancy), a fellow patient in an experimental clinical trial. Meanwhile, son Adam (Gabriel Basso) sparks an odd friendship with an eccentric older woman (special guest appearance by Parker Posey), and Andrea (special guest star Gabourey Sidibe) finds love with Paul’s co-worker Myk (guest star Boyd Hollbrook). Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), now living in Marlene’s (special guest star Phyllis Somerville) old house, prepares for impending fatherhood as he rides the emotional rollercoaster that is Rebecca’s (special guest star Cynthia Nixon) pregnancy.

What do you think? Do you enjoy watching The Big C? Are you glad that it’s been renewed or would you prefer that it be cancelled?

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  1. ann briand says

    i can not even begin to tell you how much i enjoyed this show i love love love it, i have never enjoyed a show as much as this its amazing

  2. Linda Mason says

    I never write in and comment as a rule but have to say that this has been the best series I’ve watched in along time. Love LauraLinney and hope also that they revive her husband. Can’t imagine her going through this without her cancierge by her side. Keep it up and hope for a season four too.!!

  3. S. Gonerman says

    I absolutely could not tear myself aware from the show. It’s like the best book you can read and not put down. The end of season 2 was a shocker but I know the new season will just continue to draw me in….and can hardly wait. Heroism and the everyday person strikes an honorable cord.

  4. rjkarma says

    Laura Linley is an amazing actress & makes every episode of the Big C a joy to watch, despite the sad subject matter. Actually she makes everything that she plays a treat to watch. I hope this show goes on long enough to put her in remission because in real life a cure/treatment has been found for this disease.

  5. Anonymous says

    This is the best show on HBO. Laura Linney is so believeable and seems genuine as a real person going through the worst of life in tandem with the best people have to offer her in the world of human trials. We really love the series and hope it returns. Hope Paul makes it!

  6. Cyndi O says

    I LOVE the Big C! Laura Linney is a fantastic actress and she plays Cathy to a T. I’ve never had the dreaded C but have had it in my family. Seems like everyone in the world is touched by it in some way. Cathy seems to portray it in a human way. She gives you anger, laughter, she plans for the future when she will no longer be here –the final episode of the first season that made me cry and just last nite when she saw all the others who had gone before her and I hope NOT Paul–I hope he ‘s going to be revived by the medics. Oliver Platt was phenominal this year! And her brother –just great! She’s had to deal with his manic state as well. She gives such a moving performance of this mutli facited woman who is going thru all the emotions of this journey and her heart warming friendhsip with Lee-that was awesome– and everything she did for him and ultimately herself. I could go on & on. It may not portray her being sick and I don’t feel that takes away from the show “not being realistic” that may come but for right now I feel like it’s believeable and Laura Linney makes me feel like I am HER–she is SO REAL. It’s a tough subject and probably not for everyone and everyone has their own interpretation, but for me it’s damn good! She should have won the Emmy for best actress too!!!

  7. georgia says

    I look forward to this show every week. Even though I do not have cancer I can relate to the trials and tribulations of a woman who has been there for everyone and now must stop and live a life that she merely once survived in. The lesson that life is to be cherished because it is short and goes fast is applicable to all. The writers and the actors are superb. Critics that pick this show apart just don”t get it. I am rooting for Cathy Jamison and pray for many more enjoyable years of watching and learning from The Big C.

  8. Jeremy Rynek says

    It’s a great show. But why only 10 episodes though? I guess it’s better than nothing. And of course that leaves everyone to wonder what about weeds? And does this mean this will be paired with Nurse Jackie, sense they axed The united states of Tara? But I hope the shows goes on for a few more seasons and should end with her dying. Butit’s been great so far. My mom and I watch it all the time.

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