June 25th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Cynthia Nixon joins 'The Big C'

By and large, cancer isn’t a popular theme in the comedy world, but Showtime's darkly funny “The Big C” may change that.

Laura Linney stars in the forthcoming series as the repressed Cathy, a teacher, wife and mother from the suburbs who gets bolder and braver after she’s diagnosed with cancer, and "Sex and the City's" Cynthia Nixon will be along for the ride in a four-episode arc.

Nixon will play the flaky Rebecca, the “long-lost college roommate" of Linney's character "who re-enters her life and shakes things up in a wild way,” according to a statement.

Oliver Platt will portray Cathy’s “immature, but well-meaning husband,” while Oscar-nominated Gabourey Sidibe has been cast as a smart aleck student (so long, “Precious”). The trailer promises more than one hilarious student-teacher standoff.

“The Big C” was created and written by Darlene Hunt, and Bill Condon (of “Dreamgirls” fame) directed the pilot.

The 13-episode series, set to premiere August 16 at 10:30 p.m. PT/ET, is currently shooting in Stamford, Connecticut.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. LEE

    She's a good actor, she would be great.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Bieb

    She's a lesbian and I'm gay! WooHoo!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. laura

    Look forward to it

    June 25, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. mad max

    shes cool but this is better check this out.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o7BpCnYF0g

    June 25, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. MooseKnuckle

    Can't wait to see this! Great actors all around.

    June 25, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Morose

    I understand that she also has a Big C.

    June 25, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |

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