Showtime’s relentlessly peculiar comedy The Big C is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Centered around the character of Cathy Jamison, it is the story of how a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer [stage four melanoma] only learns how to live once she learns she’s dying.
What an interesting and entertaining summer it’s been for television. New Shows like Covert Affairs and Pretty Little Liars seemed to come out of nowhere to become hits, while reliable standbys like The Closer, Breaking Bad and Mad Men maintained their positions and won big at the Emmys. And for off the charts nasty fun, there was, once again, True Blood.
With the fall season getting underway [The CW and FX have already introduced new shows and the big guys are following over the next couple weeks], it’s definitely time to take a look at the best of this past summer and offer a couple of comments on the few new shows that we’ve seen debut over the last week.
Note that I have not included Mad Men in my summer list because I simply did not have time to include it in my schedule. A separate overview for MM will appear once the new fall season premieres have appeared.
Gabourey Sidibe, Academy Award® Best Actress nominee for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, is joining the cast of Showtime’s upcoming half-hour series The Big C in a recurring role.
The Big C stars multiple-award winner Laura Linney as a repressed wife and mother named Cathy who begins to reclaim her life after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sidibe will play a smart-alecky student in Cathy’s class. Oliver Platt stars as Cathy’s well-meaning but immature husband.
The Big C begins shooting in May with an eye toward a late summer premiere.