JUST TWO GOOD! SHOWTIME PICKS UP NEW SEASONS OF THE BIG C & WEEDS LOS ANGELES, CA – (September 20, 2010) – On the heels of record-breaking premiere night ratings for both original series, SHOWTIME has picked up new seasons of its hit comedies THE BIG C and WEEDS. Season 2 of THE BIG C (from Sony Pictures Television) and WEEDS (from Lionsgate) will premiere on the network in 2011. THE BIG C took the country by storm last month as more than 6.5 million people viewed the premiere episode across various platforms, making it the network’s highest-rated original series premiere in 8 years. The night kicked off with WEEDS, which also garnered over 6 million viewers – a record premiere episode for the series. “The unprecedented viewership for both THE BIG C and WEEDS proves that audiences love these shows as much as we do,“ said SHOWTIME President of Entertainment David Nevins. “There are definitely more comedic adventures in store for these fascinating, complex women. 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. We’re thrilled that these two signature shows will be returning to the network in 2011.” Hailed by critics, including a four-star rave from People magazine, THE BIG C stars three-time Academy Award® nominee, three-time Emmy® winner and three-time Tony Award® nominee Laura Linney (who the Boston Globe contends “…earns THE BIG C a big ‘A’…”) as Cathy Jamison, a reserved, 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 (Huff, Frost/Nixon) stars as her immature but well-meaning husband, John Benjamin Hickey (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Phyllis Somerville (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Gabriel Basso (Alabama Moon). Season one special guest stars include Gabourey Sidibe (Oscar® nominee for Precious) as a precocious student and Idris Elba (Luther) as a love interest for Cathy. Additional guest stars include Reid Scott (My Boys) as her oncologist, Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) as a flaky, long-lost friend, Brian Cox (X2) as her emotionally distant father, and Liam Neeson as “Bee Man,” an eccentric character who Cathy consults for a possible treatment for her terminal cancer. THE BIG C is created by Darlene Hunt, who serves as executive producer, along with Jenny Bicks, Linney, Vivian Cannon and Neal H. Moritz. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television. SHOWTIME’s critically acclaimed comedy series WEEDS took to the open road for season six, to hilarious ends. Dubbed by TV Guide as “….TV’s most compelling bad mama,” Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker in her Golden Globe Award-winning performance) and family are now on the lam after Shane (Alexander Gould) killed Mexican VIP Pilar (Kate del Castillo) with a croquet mallet. To elude the Mexican FBI, police and mafia, they grab what they can, toss their cell phones and IDs and get rolling, taking odd jobs and meeting new characters along the way (season six guest stars include Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alanis Morissette and more). WEEDS is executive produced by creator Jenji Kohan, Roberto Benabib and Matthew Salsberg and produced by Lionsgate.10 p.m. Monday. Showtime.
Sept. 20, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST
but that show is done. It hasn't been any good since season 2 or 3, and that's even with my lust factor for Mary Louise Parker.<p><p> Seriously, I would leave my family and move to Bolivia to be with her.
Sept. 20, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST
...is knowing when to quit. Weeds and Entourage are not those kinds of shows.
Sept. 20, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST
EVERYWHERE confirmed that this was the end of Weeds, and it's why I could tolerate the plan for this season, since I knew they were building to an end point. I guess not.
Sept. 20, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST
They all thought this was the end.
Sept. 20, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST
so this was supposed to be the end? i didnt even hear that but i guess because of the high ratings they were like "lets bleed it for all its worth" they shoud set an enddate the way lost and the sopranos did
Sept. 20, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST
I understand Mary Louise Parker is going to play Sharla in the film version of Tracy Lett's play KILLER JOE.
Sept. 20, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST
This show has been running on fumes for 3 straight seasons, just end it already. No one cares anymore - it hasn't been funny for god knows how long. I don't give a shit about any of these characters, especially Nancy - unless she's topless. Seriously, just kill everyone off at the end of this season and let that be it.
Sept. 20, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST
by Squinty CGI Flynn
Sept. 20, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST
It's on right now, house and cuddy are fucking...why no Talkback?
Sept. 20, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST
with them leaving the planet because things are just too wacky to stick around? and then lose another good character like maybe Doug this time? eh, I liked it better when it was a british movie called "Saving Grace"...
Sept. 20, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST
...another season of Mary-Louise Parker and her amazing ass!
Sept. 20, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST
This show has sucked hard since they left Agrestic.
Sept. 21, 2010, 1 a.m. CST
She said she can't help it, she just can't look away, like a bad car accident. Just when you think it's gotten as bad as it can it creates a whole new level of worse.
Sept. 21, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST
This show presents quite a dilemma for my brain and my meat stick.
Sept. 21, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST
this show has always sucked
Sept. 21, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
I have never understood the attraction for MLP, but to each their own. I watch the show for two reasons. I like the rest of the cast/characters, and I really have grown to like the show more and more as MLP's character has been revealed to be such a horrible person. In every episode, she one-ups herself as both a bad mother and worse drug dealer. If the series stays true to this course, it aint gonna end well for the Botwins/Newmans.
Sept. 21, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST
This is another show that I watch because I like all the characters and actors except the lead. I have always been amazed that Linney continues to find work. That aside. Her character reminds me of MLP in Weeds. Her cancer has served as her ticket to do or say whatever she wants, and has chosen to take the rest of her time to alienate and abuse those close to her. None of her decisions are rationale, and most are hypocritical. The funny part is that the character was given a year to live, so just like WEEDS I'm going to keep watching so I can see the character or series implode. At the very least, with skin cancer maybe Linney will be forced to do her scenes while wearing with a giant growth.
Sept. 21, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST
they turn out like Weeds. Season 1 was great; everything else has been a slow bleed. As for the Big C, it is ridiculous that this woman not tell her family what is going on. I am quickly losing patience with that conceit on the part of the writers.
Sept. 21, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST
by Coughlins Laws
Having recently watched someone close to me slowly die from cancer over the course of two years, I can't find something like that entertaining, let alone funny. It actually makes me kind of angry.
Sept. 21, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
End Weeds w/ all Botwins being vaporized by a nuclear warhead.
Sept. 21, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
She does her best in a losing cause. 7 seasons.....man, they aren't exactly the idea factory over at Showtime are they?
Sept. 21, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST
The Tudors and Brotherhood both deserved a longer run than this garbage. Showtime was about to be the next HBO, but they ended up losing that crown to AMC. I still like Dexter and United States of Tara. But this season of Weeds has started off twice as bad as the last couple of shitty seasons. I'm only still watching it because of my woman, but even she's finally having trouble with it.
Sept. 21, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
Has it gotten worse? I think the last episode I saw was MLP fucking a Latino drug kingpin on a car. I know lead characters on TV shows are not always perfect, but it was like watching Buffy fuck Spike after he tried raping her.
Sept. 21, 2010, 4 p.m. CST
The 3rd season was the last halfway decent one. It's been downhill ever since. In fact, looking back, the fuck scene you mentioned was pretty much the jump the shark moment for this show. Hell, that was a wholesome Nancy moment compared to what she's turned into. The original concept (town and characters) was thrown out and it's now just a spoiled pretty girl show. Even the characters around Nancy acknowledge that.
Sept. 21, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST
the show has been more interesting since it added the deadly and very evil esteban 2 years ago cant wait for next week i hope nancy puts a crossbow bolt in cesars black heart
Sept. 21, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
That moment was so off putting that I never cared to return. You invest 3 seasons in this world, and this character's struggle. And you feel what she is going through. And while I feel that in life, it's realistic for people to do what they got to do to survive. I just wish they didn't go the cliched route by having her use sex to get her way. <P>It's a huge disservice to the character that we up until that point, sympathized with. Making her more harder edged would have been much better. <P>But the show keeps going on. So I wondered if it got back on track. But I'll take your word for it. Thanks for replying.
Sept. 22, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST
Mary-Louise Parker. She is there so you can hate her, at least for me. I hate Nancy Botwin. There's not one redeeming thing about her to me, but maybe that's the point. Were it not for the guys and the Mexican thug comic relief, this show would be deplorable. <p>It's good to see people turning to premium cable. I for one hate Network TV. Can't stand commercial interruption or the limitations in storytelling censorship presents. If I catch any shows at all on network TV (Fringe is the only one I can think of right now) it gets DVRd. Fuck the archaic model of television and motion picture advertising.