Veteran Showtime comedy Weeds and freshman The Big C have just been picked up, marking the first renewal for David Nevins since he joined the pay cable network as entertainment president. Big C‘s order is for 13 episodes, Weeds has been picked up for at least 13. Nevins recently made his first move on the development side with a pilot order to Homeland, a drama from 24 executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon. The Big C premiered in August with 1.154 million viewers, Showtime’s largest audience in 8 years for an original series debut. Overall, the premiere episodes of Big C and Weeds were watched by 6.5 million and 6 million viewers, respectively, across various platforms. “The unprecedented viewership for both The Big C and Weeds proves that audiences love these shows as much as we do,“ Nevins said. “For six seasons, we’ve happily traveled along with Nancy Botwin and we’re equally as excited to follow Laura Linney and The Big C team as they chart Cathy’s unique journey through such a provocative and personal subject as cancer.” Both series will return next year.
Big C stars Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison, a suburban wife/mother/teacher whose terminal cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life and find hope, humor and the light side of a dark situation. The series also stars Oliver Platt, John Benjamin Hickey, Phyllis Somerville and Gabriel Basso. Big C was created by Darlene Hunt, who serves as and executive producer along with Jenny Bicks, Linney, Vivian Cannon and Neal H. Moritz. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker, is executive produced by creator Jenji Kohan, Roberto Benabib and Matthew Salsberg and produced by Lionsgate TV.