Showtime is bringing “The Big C” to an end next season, and the show will change its format to do so.
The final season will be a “limited-run series” of four hour-long episodes, Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said Monday (July 30) at the TV Critics Association press tour.
“From its inception, the show has been unique in its premise and its tone, and we’re excited we’ve come up with a unique and format-breaking way to bring a conclusion to Cathy’s [Laura Linney] story,” Nevins says.
Even among Showtime’s comedies-that-are-also-dramas, “The Big C” has often felt a little heavy. The change to a one-hour format could signal a turn to more overt drama as the story comes to an end.
In the bigger picture, though, Nevins says Showtime has a “contract with the audience” to bring its shows to a conclusion.
“It needs to be planned,” he says. “I got the privilege of being able to plan the end of ‘Friday Night Lights’ with Jason [Katims]” — Nevins was an executive producer of “FNL” before taking the Showtime job — “and it was for the finale episode that Katims won the Emmy for best writing. We don’t have to be like the broadcast networks that make split-second decisions and cut shows. It can be built in nice, satisfying ways.”
Showtime hasn’t given an airdate for the final “Big C” episodes yet.
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