Showtime Scores More 'Weeds,' 'The Big C'


Showtime's Monday night comedy duo will produce more laughs next year.
The premium has ordered a seventh season of Weeds from Lionsgate, while also picking a sophomore campaign of The Big C from Sony Pictures Television.
The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a woman who decides to shake up her status-quo existence after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, became the most-watched series premiere in network history when it bowed last month, collecting more than 6.5 million viewers across various platforms.
Its lead-in, meanwhile, scored with 6 million watchers across various platforms.
Showtime has ordered 13 episodes of The Big C and at least 13 more Weeds.
"The unprecedented viewership for both The Big C and Weeds proves that audiences love these shows as much as we do," David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment, said in announcing the renewals. "There are definitely more comedic adventures in store for these fascinating, complex women. For six seasons, we've happily traveled along with Nancy Botwin and we're equally as excited to follow Laura Linney and The Big C team as they chart Cathy's unique journey through such a provocative and personal subject as cancer. We're thrilled that these two signature shows will be returning to the network in 2011."