laura linney the big c showtime 'The Big C' and Laura Linney returning for Season 3 at Showtime

Just a month shy of its Season 2 finale, Showtime has renewed sophomore comedy series “The Big C.”

The dark, critically-favored series follows Cathy (Laura Linney), a reserved suburban mom who gets a second wind in life after a terminal cancer diagnosis.

It recently garnered three Emmy nominations, including an almost-obligatory outstanding lead actress nod for Linney, who’s no stranger to formal kudos.

Season 3 — which goes into production in early 2012 — will be another 10-episode run for “The Big C,” with a debut eyed for the second quarter.

No word on what storylines might come into play in the Season 3, but as Cathy recently shifted from denial to anger on the K�bler-Ross model for addressing grief… fans may want to brace for bargaining.