Showtime is working to give its shows proper end dates. The network has begun setting finales for some of its long-running shows. The half-hour marijuana comedy Weeds, for example, will end after the completion of its eighth and final season, which is currently airing. Meanwhile, popular serial killer drama Dexter will be calling it quits after its eighth year, too, though that's a little on down the line -- season 7 is slated to begin in September. And now, Showtime has announced the end date of another series: its cancer dramedy The Big C.
The half-hour series, which stars Laura Linney as cancer patient Cathy Jamison, just wrapped up its third season in June and will be returning for a truncated fourth and final season next year. The show's final season will consist of a "limited run" of four hourlong episodes, Showtime revealed at the Television Critics Association panel on Monday.
"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 story," said Showtime president David Nevins, who remarked that Showtime had a "contract" with audiences to bring shows to proper conclusions. "It needs to be planned," he said. "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."
That's certainly admirable, and it's hard not to agree with Nevins, who at the panel also discussed the possibility of period drama The Borgias ending after four seasons, like its spiritual predecessor The Tudors.
The Big C will wrap up its run with the shortened fourth and final season sometime next year.