Laura Linney and Living With 'The Big C' - TCA Report

Oh, Laura Linney... how I admire your career choices. It doesn't seem to matter if whatever project she chooses to put herself in is a hit or not; they all seem to have that high-quality feel. Maybe she just picks projects with good writing and directing. But a lot of that likely has to do with Linney's glowing presence. She just brings an aura of calm assuredness to whatever role she plays.

In her new series 'The Big C,' which premieres on Showtime on August 16 at 10:30PM ET, Linney plays Cathy Jamison, an uptight teacher who finds out she has stage 4 melanoma and decides to act out in any number of ways, including setting her couch on fire.

The show is about exploring how people live their lives, whether they know they're dying or not. "What hit me the most was the theme of time and what do you do with time, what are the choices that we make, how we spend our time, the fact that we all have a limited amount and that it's a privilege to grow old," she told the gathered reporters this morning.

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