"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.