Laura Linney

Multiple Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney will give series television a try in Showtime's new half-hour series about cancer, the cable channel announced.

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The series, tentatively titled The C Word, will also be executive produced by Linney, who stars as a suburban wife and mother who explores the emotional ups and downs of a cancer battle. She is, however, able to find the light side of the dark situation.

"Cancer is not usually the subject of half-hour comedy, but Laura saw what we did in this complex show," Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, said in a statement. "She will no doubt make this character both heartbreaking and disarmingly funny, and we're thrilled that she has chosen this show for her foray into series television."

Linney earned Emmys for her work on Frasier, Showtime's Wild Iris, and, most recently, for her role in HBO's John Adams miniseries.

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The C Word
was created and written by Darlene Hunt (90210, Will & Grace). Hunt will also executive produce the series. The pilot will be shot in the fall.