THE BIG C Series Premiere Advance Review

Showtime's new series, THE BIG C, will premiere Monday August 16 at 10:30pm with the first episode, Divine Intervention, already available for online viewing. I was lucky enough to attend a screening of that episode with a lot of enthusiastic viewers, and so far, I'm hooked.

Laura Linney plays Cathy Jamison, a once strait-laced conservative high school teacher who learns she has stage four melanoma. She opts against both any life-prolonging treatment and telling her family about her condition, deciding to focus on living the best way she can, which to her means much differently than she had been living pre-diagnosis. I know a comedy about cancer seems like an oxymoron, but the pilot is joyously hilarious with humor ranging witty dialogue to broad sight gags.

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