Showtime Laughs at cancer

NEW YORK (AP) - Showtime says it will be looking for laughs from
cancer, of all things, in a new series starring Laura Linney.

Showtime announced Friday that "The Big 'C"' will begin
shooting 13 episodes this spring for a fall debut.

It's billed as a dark comedy and centers on Linney as a reserved
suburban wife and mother whose cancer diagnosis rocks her life, in
some ways for the better. Oliver Platt plays her immature but
well-meaning husband.

Linney has enjoyed success on the stage and in movies. She has
landed Oscar nominations for her films "Kinsey," "You Can Count
on Me" and "The Savages."

She won an Emmy for her TV role as Abigail Adams in the HBO
miniseries "John Adams."

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