The Big C

Hurricane Sandy halts filming of TV shows
Hurricane Sandy has stopped the filming of many shows that are based on the east coast of the US. They include, Person Of Interest, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, Law And Order: SVU, Smash, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Jimmy Kimmel, and many others which aren’t on New Zealand screens. It’s also closed cinemas and live shows in many areas. Some networks are also postponing new episodes of shows by one week. These shows include How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Hawaii Five-0, Mike And Molly, Gossip Girl, and 90210.

Anderson Cooper’s show cancelled
Anderson Live has been cancelled. It was only in its second year of production, but low ratings has meant it won’t be returning next year. Continue reading »

Heather Locklear to guest-star on Hot in Cleveland

It has been confirmed that Heather Locklear will appear in at least three episodes of Hot in Cleveland next season, as a former beauty queen who hired Melanie to work at her PR firm.

The Big C has been cancelled

Laura Linney’s show, The Big C, has been cancelled. The fourth season will be its final season. Continue reading »

Taylor agrees with Charlie’s Angels axe

Aussie actress Rachael Taylor has said she was not surprised that the Charlie’s Angels reboot was axed early. “You know what? F**k! It was not very good. I love the studio, I love Drew Barrymore, I love the girls, I loved the costumes, I loved the idea of revamping it – but for whatever the strange alchemy that film and television is, that pot just wouldn’t bubble.”

Janney to guest on The Big C

Alison Janney will guest in the third season of The Big C, it has been announced. Janney will play a successful Hollywood producer on the show.

Brewster to leave Criminal Minds

Paget Brewster has announced she will be leaving the cast of Criminal Minds for the second time. The actress, who plays Emily Prentiss, will exit the show at the end of its seventh season.

Simpsons comics to launch

The first in a series of comic books featuring the minor characters from The Simpsons will be released later this month. Ralph Wiggum will feature in the first edition.

Vigman joins Stamos in pilot

The Hangover actress Gillian Vigman has been cast alongside John Stamos in the new comedy pilot called Little Brother. The actress will play the female lead alongside Stamos.

9:30pm – Sunday, February 12 on TV 3

The Big C, 3’s irreverent comedy about Cathy (Laura Linney), a Minneapolis teacher, wife and mum who’s trying not only to beat Stage 4 melanoma but to also live as fully as possible in whatever time she has left, returns to our screens for its second season on Sunday, February 12 th at 9:30pm on 3. “It’s not a show about dying; it’s a show about living,” series star John Benjamin Hickey, who portrays Cathy’s bipolar brother, explains.

And for sure, Cathy lives large. In the series’ first season she kept her illness a secret, booted her immature husband, Paul (Oliver Platt), and had an affair.

“Cathy doesn’t behave in a safe, by-the-numbers fashion,” says Hickey. “A lot of people who are living with cancer love the funny, outrageous, sometimes controversial way that character deals,” executive producer Jenny Bicks, a cancer survivor herself, adds. “The writers take the kid gloves off when we talk about cancer, because when you’ve gone through it, it’s not all tragic and dramatic. It can also be super strange and funny.”

This season sees Cathy’s story move forward from summer to autumn (each season covers three months of Cathy’s life). “We may get a little darker this season, but we’re not going to stray too far from our comedic roots,” Bicks continues. Modelling Elisabeth K�bler-Ross’ five stages of grief, Cathy has progressed from denial to anger and she’s now fighting for her life with a vengeance. With true grit, she pushes her way into a clinical trial run Dr. Atticus Sherman (Alan Alda).

“I love Alan Alda,” says Linney, who, as a producer, has a hand in casting. “I’ve wanted to work with him for years.”

In the trial, Cathy bonds with series newcomer, Lee (Hugh Dancy), whom Bicks describes as “a laid-back Buddhist – her [melanoma] mole mate/soul mate.”

The relationship doesn’t please her husband. And while the marriage is back on track, don’t expect Paul to grow up instantly,” says Platt.

“That would be boring. He’s still the guy who doesn’t think things through and puts himself in situations he shouldn’t.”

Make sure not to miss all this when The Big C returns to our screens on Sunday, February 12 th at 9:30pm on 3.

Sarandon to guest on The Big C

Susan Sarandon has signed on to make a guest appearance on The Big C. The actress will have a multi-episode arc which involves Laura Linney’s character Cathy.

Stamos joins comedy pilot

John Stamos is said to have signed up for a role in a new comedy pilot called Little Brother. The pilot focusses on a man who discovers he has a half-brother.

Portman developing drama

Natalie Portman will executive produce a new drama pilot for the ABC network called Scruples. The project is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Judith Krantz.

Jones and Scherzinger’s exits confirmed

The Fox network has officially confirmed that Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger will both be leaving The X Factor USA. Paula Abdul is also rumoured to be on the way out.

The Big C renewed

The Big C has been renewed for a third season by Showtime in the US. The comedy-drama will return with ten new episodes midway through next year.

New series from Scrubs creator

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence is developing a new series that is believed to be a workplace comedy. Lawrence will collaborate with a writer who has been involved in the likes of How I Met Your Mother and Friends.

Whitaker developing new show

Forest Whitaker has started work on developing a new TV project called H.I.K.E. that centres on a female police officer who struggles to balance her career with family life.

Smith reality series gets the green light 

Kevin Smith’s new reality series Secret Stash has been given the green light by AMC. The series will be set in the director’s comic book store in New York.

9:30pm – Tuesday, December 28 on TV 3

Last week viewers mourned the loss of Cathy’s (Laura Linney) neighbour-turned-confidant after she decided to end her battle with Alzheimer’s.

Now we go into The Big C first season finale, screening on Tuesday, December 28th at 9:30pm on 3, knowing that change is imminent. But will the loss of her friend mean Cathy will seek treatment for her cancer?

“The series is about death and dying and what that means. Sometimes it’s not how you think it’s going to be, and how different people react to that and how we can explore that is really what the entire series is about,” The Big C creator/executive producer Darlene Hunt explains to Zap2It. “Hopefully, those who hate us for doing that [killing off Marlene] will have a better understanding and appreciation after the series final episode,” she adds.

After largely employing the first stage of grief – denial – to deal with her melanoma, Hunt explains that following Marlene’s (Phyllis Somerville) death, this week’s finale will push Cathy to re-evaluate her life and how she wants to approach her illness.

“Literally, the next stage of grief is anger. And that’s what we’re looking toward,” Hunt says.

“Anger also means fighting and in this case, it might be Cathy fighting the cancer in a different way than we’ve seen her do!”

Part of the change in Cathy comes courtesy of her formerly estranged husband Paul (Oliver Platt), who is now well aware of his wife’s illness.

Paul is eager to help his wife recover and be there for her now that they’re back together. The real question is: after years of Cathy acting as Paul’s caretaker, will he be able to reciprocate?

Find out the answer to this when Cathy reaches the next stage of accepting her illness in The Big C season finale, screening on Tuesday, December 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Tuesday, November 23 on TV 3

From Sex and the City to The Big C. This week sees the introduction of Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon to The Big C when the series continues its critically acclaimed first season on Tuesday, November 23rd at 9:30pm on 3.

The actress who portrayed Miranda in Sex and the City is this week returning to television, playing a long lost and flaky college roommate of Laura Linney’s Cathy.

“Cynthia came in for our first [joint] table read last week, and we are so excited,” Laura Linney’s explains to American TV Guide about getting the opportunity to work with the fellow Emmy winner.

“She and I have known each other for many, many years… not well, but you know of each other, you see each other backstage and you root for each other,” Linney continues, explaining her friendship with Nixon.

“For anyone who grew up in Manhattan when I did, Cynthia is a huge legend, particularly within the theatrical community,” she continues.

“For all us theatre geeks, she was royalty. Jenny Bicks [The Big C writer/producer] is our show runner, and she was part of Sex and the City, too – so there’s also that connection.”

Make sure not to miss Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon when The Big C continues on Tuesday, November 23rd at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Thursday, November 4 on TV 3

This week sees Idris Elba begin his multi-episode arc when the actor guest stars in The Big C, screening on Tuesday, November 2nd at 9:30pm on 3.

The Big C tells the story of Cathy (Laura Linney), a suburban mother and high school teacher who finds out she has cancer. Elba, who recently portrayed Charles Miner on The Office as well as Stringer Bell on The Wire, will play a painter who befriends and connects with Linney’s character, and, according to sources, could prove a possible love interest for the suburban mother!

Make sure not to miss this when The Big C continues on Tuesday, November 2nd at 9:30pm on 3.

10:00pm – Tuesday, October 12 on TV 3

The reality of how little time she has left leaves Cathy (Laura Linney) with an inclination to explore and appreciate her body for the first time in this week’s The Big C, screening on Tuesday, October 12th at 10pm on 3.

Series creator Darlene Hunt calls the The Big C a “cancer comedy”. But these two words don’t often go together so Hunt offers and explanation.

“Cancer itself is not funny,” Hunt explains to Zap2it. “But people are funny, and the way people choose to handle different situations – dialogue, perspective – can be humorous no matter what the circumstances.”

When The Big C premiered last week suburban mother Cathy Jamison had already received the news that she has stage four melanoma, labelling her terminally ill. Forced to examine where life has led her, Cathy meets mental upheaval, making the decision to change her life, with the possibly little time she has left. And therein, says Hunt, lies the comedic opportunity.

“Cathy realises she hasn’t been living her life the way she maybe aspired to,” explains Hunt. “So she wants to shake things up a bit. I think a lot of people can relate to that. Cathy’s diagnosis isn’t humorous, but the way she handles it is with a lot of humour.”

Hunt continues, explaining that while up-to-the-minute research on melanoma will inform the storyline, audiences shouldn’t expect lots of hospital scenes or medical jargon.

“My way into this wasn’t from a cancer perspective.” says Hunt. “There’s nothing to confront your mortality more so than having a child and realising that you’re going to die before this child does. That’s why I hope it speaks to everybody.”

Initially, Hunt hopes the show’s laughs will derive from the fact that Cathy’s suddenly liberated sensibility appears inexplicable to her fun-loving but irresponsible husband (Oliver Platt) and son (Gabriel Basso). That’s because, at first, she doesn’t tell them about her condition.

“In my research, it wasn’t such an odd reaction for a lot of people diagnosed with cancer,” she says. “At least anecdotally. So we hang on when she is going to tell them. It’s a complicated dynamic.”

Could this happen as soon as this week’s episode? Find out when The Big C continues on Tuesday, October 12th at 10pm on 3.