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Cathy Tries to Have Sex With Paul, But It's 'Aggressive and Weird' on 'The Big C' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 7:10AM
'The Big C' - 'Sexual Healing'Now that Cathy has accepted that she has cancer and opened up to others about it, she needs to find what will become her new normal on 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on Showtime). That means finding a healthy relationship with husband Paul again ... including marital relations.

Paul, trying to be supportive, may have told her that he was fine with not having sex, but that wasn't true. Poor Andrea found that out first-hand when she accidentally walked in on Paul taking care of his "frustrations" himself.

When Cathy confronted him about it, he admitted that he was frustrated. She had, after all, just had an affair with another man and they'd had all kinds of crazy sex in all kinds of crazy places. And now, with him, she wanted nothing.

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Cathy Not Honored Rebecca Wants to Name Her Baby Cathy on 'The Big C' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 5th 2011 5:51AM
'The Big C' - 'Musical Chairs'This season, Cathy's no longer keeping the fact that she has cancer a secret, though after her cupcake-filled return to the school she teaches at, both she and her son might be rethinking that. Thought we have to admit, 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on Showtime) was a cute nod to the title of the show, and cancer, and Cathy's name.

A name that her friend Rebecca decides would be great for her forthcoming daughter. See, since Cathy is dying, now her legacy can live on. Only, Cathy isn't dead yet and doesn't take the honor particularly well.

Luckily for Rebecca, the phone rang at that moment and Cathy found out she'd made it into the clinical trial set up by our new favorite doctor/magician. Hopefully, Alan Alda can stick around for at least a few more appearances this season. He proved a great foil for Cathy's abrasive and aggressive personality.

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Cathy Decides to Make Her Own Doctor's Appointment on 'The Big C' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 28th 2011 2:50AM
'The Big C' season premiereSometimes all it takes is a little patience. But when you're living with cancer, and you're trying to get an appointment with a specialist, that can be in short supply. So short was Cathy's supply on the season premiere of 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on Showtime) that she went to the doctor's office without one and demanded that she be seen.

What followed was probably one of the more embarrassing moments we could imagine for someone on a righteous crusade. After getting stonewalled at reception, Cathy turned to those in the waiting room.

"Congratulations on getting an appointment with Dr. Sherman," she told them. "Apparently one of the hottest tickets in town. So if any of you and maybe Stages 1-3 would considering letting me go first, that--"

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Review: Laura Linney Fights Cancer (and Cliches) in 'The Big C'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 27th 2011 2:30PM
You'd think one of the goals of a show about a cancer patient would be to get viewers invested in the survival of the patient.

But 'The Big C' (10:30PM ET Monday, Showtime) is so manipulative and contrived that it tends to shoot itself in the foot in that regard, despite the fact that the very talented Laura Linney is the show's star.

Linney can play vulnerability like nobody's business, and she occasionally gets chances to do that in this "comedy." But the actress also has a brittle side, one that 'The Big C' unwisely plays up more than it should, and the show's supporting characters are often either wasted or trapped in predictable story lines.

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Cathy Plays the Cancer Card on a Line Cutter in 'The Big C' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2010 6:26AM
'The Big C' - 'Blue-Eyed Iris'Sometimes people are so arrogant and rude you almost don't know what to say. Especially when they wrap it up in kind words, as a woman did to Cathy (Laura Linney) on 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM on SHO). While waiting in line at a home and garden store reading a magazine, another woman swooped in front of Cathy as soon as the previous customer was done.

When Cathy confronted her about it, the woman said, ""I'm a little pressed for time. Do you mind if I just pay for my stuff real quick and be on my way." She then tacked on the single word that digs into our souls and brings out the nasty more than any other. "Thanks," with a smile like you've done them a solid of your own choosing.

It's one thing to be a jerk, but quite another to do it under the guise of being a sweet person. Just own it and be it. "I don't care if you were here first. I'm here now, so just deal with it!" Or something like that.

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'The Big C' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 14th 2010 7:30AM
['The Big C' - 'Playing the Cancer Car']

While the previous three episodes of 'The Big C' have been solid, quirky and occasionally brilliant, episode four was truly a delight to watch -- nothing's quite as much fun as seeing a character being positively gleeful on TV these days, and Laura Linney was shining like a beacon as she frolicked joyfully from one unpredictable situation to the next.

For most people, a cherry red convertible is a sure-fire sign of a mid-life crisis -- which is exactly what Cathy's behavior seems like to the untrained eye -- but for a woman who's not sure she'll even live to see the end of mid-life, it seems like a sound investment.

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'The Big C' - Season 1, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 31st 2010 10:04AM
Laura Linney('The Big C' - 'There's No C in Team')

After watching this week's episode of 'The Big C', I can't help but think of those who say that they feel the loneliest when they're standing in the middle of a crowd. Cathy's secret is starting to catch up with her, and the burden of suffering in silence is more than any one person should bear alone.

It doesn't help that the one person Cathy wants to connect to is the one person who continues to pull away from her; Adam is still clearly baffled by his mother's erratic behavior, and I've got to admit, no teenager in their right mind would relish the thought of tandem-biking with their middle-aged mother on a bicycle with a flowered basket and tassels on the handlebars.

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'The Big C' - 'Summertime' Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:15AM
Laura Linney(Season 1, Episode 2) Showtime is no stranger to T&A -- this is cable, after all -- but has nudity ever been so tasteful on a subscription channel? This week's 'The Big C' focused primarily on body image (as well as obnoxious teenagers), and how great was it to see Laura Linney so comfortable in her own skin?

Let's face it, at one time or another, we've probably all felt like practice dummies (or worse, cadavers) under a doctor's hands, and a disease like cancer, that ravages a body from the inside out, is sure to cause no end of self-loathing. Who doesn't wish that they could be as bold as Cathy in whipping out the goodies for hunky Dr. Todd? Let alone wishing for such an appreciative response ...

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'The Big C' - 'Pilot' Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:15AM
Laura Linney in 'The Big C'(Season 1, Episode 1) One of the most prominent questions that the producers of Showtime's new comedy, 'The Big C,' had to face during the Television Critics Association press tour was, 'is cancer a laughing matter?' Perhaps tonight's first episode will help to answer that question.

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer in some way -- 'The Big C' may be described as a black comedy, but are we ready to laugh about it? It's certainly hard not to be enamored with the vivacious Laura Linney, an actress who can effortlessly blend poignancy and pathos with moments of laugh-out-loud humor.

Join me after the jump to discuss one of 2010's most controversial, and most addictive, new comedies -- were you laughing?

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Early Look: Laura Linney Makes Quirky 'The Big C' Human

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 16th 2010 1:04PM
Laura Linney in 'The Big C' on ShowtimeCancer isn't exactly the best source of comedy in the world. Even if you can make the subject of your movie or sitcom a cancer victim who takes his or her diagnosis with humor, aplomb and resignation, you have to deal with everyone in that person's world falling apart as they see their friend or loved one get sicker and weaker as their time runs out.

But what if your main character is also so uptight that she doesn't want anyone to know? That's how we come up with the formula for 'The Big C,' which begins tonight at 10:30PM ET on Showtime. Laura Linney stars as Cathy Jamison, who's prissy and reserved until she finds out she has stage four melanoma. She then decides to take whatever time she has left and live her life the way she wanted to before marriage, kids and career made her into such a straitlaced adult.

That's all well and good, but here's the rub: she decides not to tell anyone about her illness. Weird, right? Somehow, though, Linney makes us believe that such a situation could exist in real life. The force of her charm makes us like Cathy even though it seems like she's making her friends and family think she's gone off her rocker, while using them to make her last months more amusing for herself.

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Laura Linney and Living With 'The Big C' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 29th 2010 7:42PM
Laura Linney and Oliver Platt on the TCA panel for 'The Big C' on Showtime
Oh, Laura Linney... how I admire your career choices. It doesn't seem to matter if whatever project she chooses to put herself in is a hit or not; they all seem to have that high-quality feel. Maybe she just picks projects with good writing and directing. But a lot of that likely has to do with Linney's glowing presence. She just brings an aura of calm assuredness to whatever role she plays.

In her new series 'The Big C,' which premieres on Showtime on August 16 at 10:30PM ET, Linney plays Cathy Jamison, an uptight teacher who finds out she has stage 4 melanoma and decides to act out in any number of ways, including setting her couch on fire.

The show is about exploring how people live their lives, whether they know they're dying or not. "What hit me the most was the theme of time and what do you do with time, what are the choices that we make, how we spend our time, the fact that we all have a limited amount and that it's a privilege to grow old," she told the gathered reporters this morning.

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Liam Neeson's the Latest Big Name in 'The Big C'

by Ryan McKee, posted Jul 26th 2010 10:32AM
Liam NeesonYou don't understand how anyone can draw comedy from cancer? Well, what if we told you super-comedian Liam Neeson is involved? 'Taken' was hilarious. Wait, we're confused too ...

Showtime has announced Neeson will be joining Cynthia Nixon and Reid Scott as guest stars on their upcoming dramedy series 'The Big C.' The show premiers August 16 and Laura Linney as schoolteacher dealing with cancer. Oliver Platt plays her juvenile husband and Gabourey Sidibe plays her smart-aleck sidekick.

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Showtime Picks Up Third Seasons of 'Jackie' and 'Tara'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 25th 2010 6:40PM
showtime_logo_redIt doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize that Showtime is the home of two of the best comedies currently on the air, 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara.' Having been fortunate enough to enjoy the season two premieres of these two shows last Sunday, it came as no surprise that Showtime announced today that both 'Jackie' and 'Tara' are coming back for a third season.

Actually, it is a bit of a surprise ... that it happened so fast! Showtime could have saved the news for a few weeks or even the end of these second seasons. But you have to figure the premium cable channel is pretty happy with the ratings these shows have generated and the enthusiasm is palpable. Another season, twelve more episodes of each, and for the creators of these shows that just has to be a great validation.

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'C' Laura Linney At Her Best: Showtime's 'The Big C' (New Trailer!)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2010 4:00PM
The Big CLaura Linney is about to face 'The Big C.' No, her new Showtime series isn't being canceled before it airs, it's called 'The Big C' and its premiere date has officially been set for Mon., Aug. 16 at 10:30PM ET.

Showtime is known for its programs with strong leading ladies -- just look at 'United States of Tara' and 'Nurse Jackie' -- so Emmy-winner Linney should feel right at home with this new comedy about a suburban housewife whose life is turned upside by a cancer diagnosis.

The series was created by Darlene Hunt. Hunt will also serve as executive producer, along with Linney, Neal H. Moritz and Vivian Cannon. Joining Linney in the half-hour comedy are Oliver Platt and Gabourey Sidibe.

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Showtime Sets Summer Premiere Dates for 'Big C,' 'Real L World'

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:00PM
Laura LinneyThis summer, Showtime, whose highly anticipated season 2 premieres of 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara' bow next Mon., March 22, will add three new shows to its burgeoning line-up of original series.

With 'The Real L World,' fans of the cable net's long-lived "beautiful lesbians living in West Hollywood" drama, 'The L World,' will thrill to the new reality twist being taken on their cult fave. The show premieres Sun., June 20 at 10PM ET.

Also in the "reality" genre will be 'The Green Room With Paul Provenza,' a show that promises, according to the Los Angeles Times, to "give viewers unprecedented and candid access" to what goes on behind the scenes when celebrated stand-up comics like Roseanne and Bob Saget work to hone their material. Look for 'Green Room' when it premieres Sun., June 10 at 10:30PM ET.

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