Big Praise for ‘The Big C’

3-time Oscar® nominee Laura Linney is one of my favorites and always does a phenomenal job in her work (some notables includes The Truman Show, Mystic River, Love Actually, Kinsey, The Savages, and The Squid and the Whale). After viewing the first episode of The Big C, it comes highly recommended, as it has the potential to be a big hit. Though this show is billed as a comedy, I think it will enjoy the same success as Parenthood had during its first season; how it fantastically danced the fine line between comedy and drama. I found myself laughing out loud on a few occasions, and during Cathy Jamison’s final monologue, I found myself fighting tears. Any television show written in a way that engages its viewer enough to experience that spectrum of emotions—in my opinion—has the potential to be outstanding.

Character development is fundamental in a series such as this, and I feel most—if not all—of the characters will experience just that. In the Pilot episode, we learn how Cathy has been the uptight, suburban housewife, but—upon her cancer diagnosis—would “like to be the one spilling Fruit Punch [on the couch].” She finds herself dealing with a plethora of people in her life, all of whom do not know about her diagnosis. Paul (Oliver Platt, 2012, Frost/Nixon, Kinsey) is Cathy’s husband, an immature man who drunkenly riverdances on the couch. Adam (Gabriel Basso), Cathy’s son, is a prankster with—what appears to be—no regard for his mother and needs to be whipped into shape. Cathy’s brother, Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), has chosen to live life as an outspoken vagabond, and makes a great character foil to Cathy’s personality; it will be interesting as well as hilarious to watch their conflicts—and Cathy’s liberation—unfold. In the premiere episode we also meet—and Cathy forms unlikely bonds with—Marlene (Phyllis Somerville), our protagonist’s miserable neighbor, and Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe, Oscar® winner for her role in Precious), one of Cathy’s rude, overweight summer school students.

Despite a variety of relationships with the aforementioned, it is only her doctor, Dr. Todd Miller, and her neighbor’s dog with whom she can share her secret; all the while trying to find humor in life and all of its hardships.


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