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Showtime Renews ‘The Big C’ for Third Season

New episodes will go into production early next year

"The Big C" refuses to go into remission.

Showtime has picked up its cancer-themed comedy for a third season, the network announced Thursday. The new season will begin production early next year, for a premiere in the second quarter of 2012.

The announcement comes as the series' second season prepares to draw to a close on Sept. 26.

The second season "The Big C," which stars Laura Linney as terminal cancer patient Cathy Jamison, has been marked by numerous guest-stars, such as Hugh Dancy, Parker Posey, Gabourey Sidibe, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Alda, who plays Jamison's new oncologist, Dr. Atticus Sherman.