The Big C

9:30pm – Tuesday, October 5 on TV 3

Three time Emmy Award-winner Laura Linney makes a triumphant return to television in The Big C, premiering on Tuesday, October 5th at 9:30pm on 3.

The Big C sees Linney portraying Cathy Jamison, a Minneapolis mother recently diagnosed with stage four melanoma.

“The material being so rich is certainly an added bonus,” Linney explains to American TV Guide about what attracted her to the series. “This came to me at a time when all the big issues that the show encompasses intersected with everything I had been obsessing about in my own life… especially time and how you spend it and, if you know you have a limited amount of it, how that affects your behaviour.”

Linney acknowledges some scepticism that’s been voiced, ever since The Big C was announced, about putting cancer through a humorous filter.

“People bump up against that and can’t see how that’s possible,” she says, “which is an understandable response. What’s challenging for me is to explore the possibilities. The range of human behaviour is vast, and when things are urgent and important, comedy can begin to emerge.”

Also an executive producer of the series, Linney has impressive acting support in The Big C. Oliver Platt (2012) plays her husband, Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) her father, and Idris Elba (The Wire) a painter she’s drawn to. Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) will also join the show midway through its season as Cathy’s college roommate, who re-enters her life in a big way.

Additionally, recent Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) portrays a surly student with whom Cathy makes an unusual bet both can profit from.

“I knew then that I wanted to do comedy and do something different,” Sidibe recalls of being offered The Big C. “I wanted to do something not so depressing, so of course, I’d do a show about cancer!”

“My character, Andrea, is one of Cathy’s distractions. She’s kind of a wild card; she does what she wants. She’s 17, so she thinks she’s invincible, and all her thoughts and words are pretty open.”

Make sure not to miss the season premiere of this star studded series when The Big C screens on Tuesday, October 5th at 9:30pm on 3.