Showtime Renews 'The Big C' For A Third Season

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Showtime has renewed comedy The Big C for a third season, ordering 10 episodes from Sony Pictures Television.

Production on the new campaign will begin early next year. The Big C will premiere sometime during the second quarter of 2012, but Showtime has yet to disclose a start date.

The series, which will conclude its second season on Sept. 26, follows Laura Linney as Cathy, a suburban mother with terminal cancer, who tries to revamp her life following the diagnosis.

Through its first seven episodes The Big C has averaged 2.73 million viewers per week, including encores, on-demand and DVR viewing. The series stands at Showtime's second-most-watched comedy behind Weeds.

The Mary Louise Parker-starrer concludes its seventh season the same night at The Big C wraps its sophomore campaign. Showtime has not yet made a decision whether Weeds will be lit up for another season.

The Big C was created by Darlene Hunt, who also writes and executive produces for the series. Linney, Jenny Bicks, Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon also serve as executive producers.