With a mischievous smile, Laura Linney is gleefully ruining a take. During a tense scene between her character, Cathy Jamison, who has Stage 4 melanoma, and her bipolar brother, Sean, played by John Benjamin Hickey, she makes her costar break down in giggles.
Whoever says cancer is no laughing matter hasn't seen The Big C, Showtime's irreverent comedy about a Minneapolis teacher, wife and mom who's trying not only to beat death but to live as fully as possible in whatever time she has left. The smartly written, beautifully cast show has earned a devoted fan base and critical plaudits, and three-time Emmy winner Linney has already snared a Golden Globe for her deft portrayal of the strong-willed Cathy....
Cheers to The Big C for getting Alan Alda to play doctor again.
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Gabriel Basso, The Big C
For The Big C's Adam, Season 2 is about dealing with his mom's cancer — and acting out.
"He's branching out looking for compassion from other people," Gabriel Basso tells TVGuide.com. "He's not looking to his family for it."
When the season wrapped up, Adam finally learned that his mom, played by Laura Linney, was fighting cancer. When the Showtime series returns on Monday (10:30/9:30c), Adam will begin to deal with possibility of death from a therapist his parents force on him.
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Laura Linney, The Big C
When Cathy (Laura Linney) found out she had melanoma on The Big C last season, she kicked her husband out of the house, bought a convertible and wasn't afraid to tell anyone how she really felt.
What she didn't do was tell her family and friends about her life-altering diagnosis (save for her disgruntled neighbor, Marlene, who later committed suicide).
Months later, Cathy's cancer is out in the open — for the most part — and now that she has been forced to face her disease, she's also ready to...
Hugh Dancy, Parker Posey
British actor Hugh Dancy and indie film darling Parker Posey will guest-star on the second season of The Big C, Showtime announced Thursday.
Dancy will appear in at least six episodes, playing a cancer patient who befriends Cathy (Laura Linney). Posey will play Poppy, a woman who has a surprising relationship with Cathy's teenaged son Adam (Gabriel Basso).
Alan Alda will appear in an episode of The Big C's upcoming second season, Showtime announced Monday.
The five-time Emmy winner, 75, will scrub in as Dr. Atticus Sherman, an oncologist whom Cathy (Laura Linney) meets with after her...
Lost's Ken Leung and The Big C's John Benjamin Hickey will guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Good Wife, the network announced Monday.
Leung, 41, will play...
Did everyone enjoy Sunday night's barbeque at the Beverly Hilton? By which of course I mean Ricky Gervais slaughtering any number of sacred cows while torching some of Hollywood's most prodigious egos. As host of the otherwise innocuous Golden Globe Awards for the second (and possibly last) time, he didn't just bite the proverbial hand, he spit it back out and mocked it again for good measure.
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Glee continued to hit high notes at the Golden Globes, winning three trophies, including its second straight award for best comedy series, while The Social Network solidified its status as Oscar front-runner.
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The Fox hit is the first show to repeat in comedy series since Desperate Housewives won two years in a row in 2005 and 2006. Stars Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch also won the supporting awards.
In film, The Social Network topped the ...
Glee, Boardwalk Empire
It's that time of the year again: awards season! The glitz and glamour kick off with Sunday's Golden Globe Awards (8 ET/5 PT on NBC). Will Mad Men score an unprecedented four-peat? Can The Social Network rack up yet another win? Check out our predictions below and tell us your picks for the big prizes.
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Will win: Boardwalk Empire
The HBO drama hit the scene with tons of buzz and the ...