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Showtime Picks Up 'The Big C,' Starring Laura Linney

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Jan 8th 2010 10:15AM
Showtime is about to tackle the C-word.

The Live Feed
reports that the cable network has picked up 13 episodes of the show, which stars Emmy winner Laura Linney as a suburban mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, changes her priorities and reshapes her world, inspiring hope and humor.

Joining Linney in the series will be Showtime alum Oliver Platt, who worked on 'Huff' and also appeared alongside Linney in the 2004 film 'Kinsey.' That film was directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, who is on tap to direct the pilot.Showtime is about to tackle the C-word.

The Live Feed
reports that the cable network has picked up 13 episodes of the show, which stars Emmy winner Laura Linney as a suburban mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, changes her priorities and reshapes her world, inspiring hope and humor.

Joining Linney in the series will be Showtime alum Oliver Platt, who worked on 'Huff' and also appeared alongside Linney in the 2004 film 'Kinsey.' That film was directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, who is on tap to direct the pilot.

As we previously reported
, 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe was in talks to appear on the series, although no word on whether the deal came through.

Of the series, Showtime President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said, "Laura Linney is the consummate actor and producer and we're thrilled she has chosen to come to Showtime in this extraordinary series...The character and her journey are complex, requiring layered nuances of comedy and drama which I believe no one else could do better than Laura. And she's surrounded by a gifted ensemble of actors who will bring this show vividly to life."

Throughout her television and film career, Linney has won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award; she's also been nominated for three Academy Awards, most recently in 2007 for the dramedy 'The Savages.'

Series creator Darlene Hunt will executive produce the series, with Linney, Neal H. Moritz and Vivian Cannon.

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