The Big C
7:00 PM ET
In Showtime’s new and highly unconventional hit comedy series, a buttoned-up Minneapolis schoolteacher named Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) decides it’s “time to start living” after learning she has Stage Four melanoma. Telling no one—including her immature husband, obnoxious teenage son, and outspoken and homeless (by choice) brother—of her illness, she proceeds to confound relatives and students alike by installing a swimming pool in her backyard, turning somersaults in the school hallways, and eating dessert as both an appetizer and main course. “Cancer itself is not funny,” says series creator Darlene Hunt. “But people are funny, and the way people choose to handle different situations…can be humorous no matter what the circumstances.” A new episode (which will air on Showtime the same night) will be screened, followed by a discussion with cast and creative team members.