Showtime renews ‘Weeds’ and ‘The Big C’

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Over at Showtime, marijuana and terminal illness are a match made in heaven.

The network announced Monday that it was picking up its hit comedies “The Big C” and “Weeds” for new seasons. Both will return in 2011.

“The unprecedented viewership for both ‘The Big C’ and ‘Weeds’ proves that audiences love these shows as much as we do,“ said David Nevins, Showtime president of entertainment, in a statement. “There are definitely more comedic adventures in store for these fascinating, complex women.’

“The Big C,” which stars Laura Linney as a suburban housewife diagnosed with cancer, debuted in August with 1.154 million viewers, just behind “Weeds,” which brought in 1.232 million viewers.


Season finales for both shows will air Nov. 15.

— Yvonne Villarreal