Showtime's The Big C Renewed for Season 3

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For fans of The Big C, this is just what the doctor ordered: a third season of the Showtime dramedy — meaning Cathy (played by three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney) will live to see winter.

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With the series’ sophomore finale set to air Sept. 26, the cabler announced on Thursday that it has picked up a third, 10-episode season, to bow during the second quarter of 2012.

Showtime has a new season of Dexter and the freshman thriller Homeland premiering Sunday, Oct. 2, while Shameless and Californication are set to return Jan. 8, 2012 — the same night that House of Lies, a dark comedy starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, debuts.

Comments (41)

  • A third season? Just when is this chick gonna die?

    Comment by marty – September 1, 2011 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really? It’s only been two seasons. Does no one have any patience anymore? Or were you intentionally being a A-hole?

      I do think however, that at some point they should allow Cathy to die. Cancer is just as much about the family’s reaction to death as it is the person who is dying.

      Personally, I think the show would be very interesting if they focused on her husband, her son and her brother after she passed away. Let’s face it, the insane brother is the best part of the whole show anyway.

      Comment by Nicotine – September 1, 2011 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • YES about the insane brother!

        Comment by lipsticksocialism – September 1, 2011 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes well no one expected much from the comments of Americas joe average. The average straw chewing uncultured american does not understand taste or culture . There is an old saying ‘That you can’t can educate pork’ just like an American can’t buy style, taste or culture. Money cannot buy those 3 things your either born with it or not. Lets face it. Most Yanks have no style or taste because it simply goes over their heads.

        Comment by Jayne W – October 31, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Jayne… it is you’re as in you are not your, damn brits, so stupid!

          Comment by Bo – October 31, 2011 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Bo, I think you should hold your tongue! Do not talk about us like that. By the way it’s England, you know as in English folk – the language you try to have a bash at? Poorly might i just add! You see how your negativity has just brushed off? Maybe you should think about that next time you think it’s wise to make a remark on people you do not know. It’s not very nice is it?

            Comment by Loulou – April 13, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  
        • Jayne, if you are English then I am appalled!

          Comment by Loulou – April 13, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • well, how could they focus on the husband, son and brother? the husband died of a cocaine overdose in season 2 episode 13. just as Cathy had reached the finish line of the Marathon.

        Comment by Jessie – November 8, 2011 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Fcukin Aye

        Comment by Bop – December 28, 2011 04:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Great! I like this show. The brother stuff is getting old, though. Move him back to the bit part he was at the start of season one. Everyone else is funny.

      Comment by sash fan – September 1, 2011 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • All we can say is WOW! This show tugs on all your emotions. One minute we’re laughing then next we’re cheering and then balling our eyes out.
      We love it. Keep it coming, and really, we have to wait almost a whole year?!?!?

      Comment by Jaz – September 27, 2011 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • when are you going to die!

      Comment by spikez – October 25, 2011 05:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news, I love Cathy and Laura Linney delivers an amazing performance.

    Comment by Emma – September 1, 2011 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “meaning Cathy will live to see spring”…. um, not sure if this reporter watches the show but the first season was summer, second season was autumn, meaning the third season would be winter…so Cathy will live to see winter…

    Comment by Kevin – September 1, 2011 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, this has been fixed. I work out of Brisbane, where the seasons go in a different order.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – September 1, 2011 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks Matt! No harm, no foul!

    Comment by Kevin – September 1, 2011 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent, I really love this show, the writing and the performances are all great. Although I’m slightly frustrated that after 13-episode seasons it “only” received a 10-episode-order…does that mean it’s the final season ? I know it can’t exactly be a 10-season-show for creative reasons, but if every season is, well, actually a “season”, 5 seasons could happen and it wouldn’t even be a stretch…right ?

    Comment by phantom – September 1, 2011 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i was thinking the same thing!! But I’m SO glad the show’s back!!

      Comment by lipsticksocialism – September 1, 2011 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, please an insider give us some info about the reduced number of episodes. Is it cause for concern?

    Comment by Arman – September 1, 2011 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I realized after the last episode that I won’t be watching the show any longer. All the characters seem so vile to me. I miss Idris Elba’s character, the hot young doctor character, and Marlene, always Marlene. Who would have thought that Gabourey’s character would have the most, I don’t know, honor? Weird – and to me, not in a good way.

    Comment by Irena – September 1, 2011 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still love the show, although the sex-filled first 3 episodes of this season and this new Poppy character makes me question my love.

    I hope the show will be more consistantly good next season. Reduced number of episodes worries me. I’d hate it if they get cancelled without a proper ending.

    Comment by Arman – September 1, 2011 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah I want a proper ending too, which to me ends with her dying. I seriously hope that we get to see this because I don’t think the ratings are there for a four season. especially with the reduced numbers in season 3.

      Comment by Russ – September 1, 2011 11:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Come on Weeds ONE MORE YEAR

    Comment by Rudolpho – September 1, 2011 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • One more year of Weeds indeed. When I heard about the Big C getting renewed all I could think about is if Weeds is coming back for another year. I know alot of fans have been down on Weeds the past few seasons. But, it’s still consistently entertaining.

      Comment by Lexana – September 1, 2011 10:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I an ecstatic about the third season not so happy about the lessened episodes
    ..excited to see where things go…loyal fan

    Comment by ty – September 1, 2011 11:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree that this is one of the best shows ever, I am addicted! I love all of the characters, alive or not! Bring us more, more, more!!!

      Comment by Bo – October 31, 2011 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • eh…
    not my cup of tea
    main star is annoying,husband is off-putting, son is a douche
    only one i liked was the brother.

    i’ll stick with weeds & nurse jackie

    Comment by frosty – September 2, 2011 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show and I am a survivor of breast cancer which I was diagnosed with about a year ago. Cancer is a scary thing. First you don’t buy into it at all, then you slowly deal with the reality of it. I believe a positive attitude plays a huge roll and finding something to laugh about every day is key. This show is special to me not just because I can relate to it personally but because it is so full of laughter and so well written. I want more and more episodes and someday she may pass away and believe it or not she just might not. In real life this past year I have see a lot of tragic cases and I’ve seen many miracles and I am happy to say I am one of those….long live the Big C!!!

    Comment by LP – September 2, 2011 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! There are so many arty farty types out there concerned with the “right ending” whatever happened to positivity, hope, support and belief??life doesn’ t always end and ist’s about the journey of a whole family living with cancer not some block buster bagger!! Accept the programme whatever the end and naff off all negative yaps!!!

      Comment by lennie – April 13, 2012 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have also been going through cancer treatments and my mother as well. It has been a trying year for my family, and not only us, but everyone you speak with. Cancer is everywhere and is such a life changing event. I love this show! This disease changes us all and we do go a bit crazy for a while. Keep it coming, lots more episodes!

      Comment by Susan – May 26, 2012 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After last night (26th) I thought the show was over. Only dead people see dead people, right? So did she die. Guess not if there’s another season ahead. ‘splain?

    Comment by nellonlyknows – September 27, 2011 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She is obviously not dead, there is a season 3. She has been seeing Marlene since she died. Now Lee has died, so she sees him as well. The last seen of the finale was her husband having CPR performed on him and her seeing him next to her 2 dead friends, so I think he is dead too, unless they are able to revive him. I think the reason she sees the dead is because she is close to death herself. She has terminal cancer, death is knocking on her door and is but a breath away. I love the show, and could watch it for many more seasons. The Big C can make you happy and sad and angry and excited right along with its characters. That is the makings of a great show! Thank You Showtime!

      Comment by Diana – September 27, 2011 10:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • cathy shouldnt die thats stupid the it would be gay its cool that she can see ghoasts she should talk to them more they should come around more….and her son should come out of the closet she needs another gay freind

    Comment by Jonathon Whited – September 28, 2011 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • she isnt dead wow have u watched the show she can see her dead freinds there always with her cathy didnt die…. ill be the new gay freind lol

    Comment by Jonathon Whited – September 28, 2011 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For those who say Cathy needs to die soon we also have to remember these showtime/premium calbe seasons are REALLY short compared to network seasons that are usually 20+ episodes, so really like 3 seasons eaqual 1 network season so I think she show can still live on for a couple of more seasons of course I don’t think it will become a long runner like weeds just because the story wouldn’t allow it.

    Comment by Jay A. – October 2, 2011 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great!!! I love this show!!! I am hoping she does not die . She can go into remission, ya know.

    Comment by Bundlesorter – December 2, 2011 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent news! With a strong cast great story line.

    Comment by Kate – December 2, 2011 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I totally luv this show. I am a palliative care nurse and this show is funny at times and very emotional at others . Please continue with the show.

    Comment by Jackieo – December 8, 2011 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved this show so much that I watched the entire 2 seasons from this past weekend. I love that it makes me laugh, cheer, cry, and many more imotions about real life. Family life is crazy but wonderful. The Big C does shut a good job of showing this.

    Comment by Christine Stanley – April 8, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really look forward to this show, i would hate to see the end. I’m shocked to see the husband (Paul) has died, who saw that coming? Not me! I really do love this more than any other tv show, please keep it going, keep the main character alive, perhaps let it end happily with her beating the awful disease that the human race has to deal with.

    Comment by Loulou – April 13, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ive heard the husband is not dead, he gets revived from the heart attack.

    Comment by raf – April 24, 2012 12:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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