September 1, 2011

Showtime announced today that The Big C has been renewed for a third season consisting of 10 new episodes. The order will make next season the show's shortest yet; its previous two seasons came in at 13 apiece. 

The Laura Linney-led series, in which the actress plays a reserved suburban teacher whose life is shaken up by a terminal cancer diagnosis, is expected to return for Season 3 in the second quarter of 2012. Today's pickup comes as the show's second season gets set to air its finale later this month on September 26.

(Source: TV by the Numbers)