Showtime ending ‘The Big C’ with brief season 4

The Big C” is going to be coming to a close … and now, we just have to hope that the same cannot be said for the life of Laura Linney’s character.

As a part of their Television Critics Association summer panel on Monday, Showtime programming head David Nevins announced that the dramedy — which has received a great deal of critical acclaim during its run, but not exactly much in the way of ratings — will be coming to a close in an innovative way. Rather than air a final season o 8-12 episodes (which is typically the norm for most cable series), the network is instead opting to give “The Big C” four hour-long installments in order to wrap up the series in a way that is fulfilling for the fans.

Nevins added the following statement as to why the decision was made in such a manner:

“This has been a transformative year for us, time for renewal and reinvention when we’re saying good-bye to some beloved series and getting ready to welcome some new ones.”

Nevins has also recently decided to end another long-running series for the network in “Weeds,” though that show has been on the air for more than seven years versus the three seasons that Linney and company have in the can as of this writing. The suggestion was made at the event that another newer comedy in “Episodes” with Matt LeBlanc is likely to be renewed, and it adds to a comedy slate that includes new series “House of Lies” along with the Edie Falco hit “Nurse Jackie.”

Are you sad to see “The Big C” leave, or are you just grateful that the show lasted as long as it did given how many people were actually watching?

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