The Big C is Coming   

The Big C premieres on SHO August 16th at 10:30 PM.Others have been anxiously awaiting The Big C forever (and ever). I could almost say the opposite. Well, it’s not like I didn’t want it made; I’ve just had zero interest in seeing it. It doesn’t help that I got rid of Showtime when I moved in March and therefore cannot be tempted by their clever promos.

But here’s the thing. I popped the screener into my DVD player this weekend and… I was wrong. This show is fan-freaking-tastic and everyone needs to watch it when it premieres August 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT. I don’t care if you don’t have Showtime, get it. I’m serious. If you can watch one episode of the show and you aren’t dying to see the next, I’ll be shocked.

No joke, it’s that good.

Laura Linney is Cathy Jamison, a Minneapolis schoolteacher whose only source of excitement in life comes from the practical jokes her son likes to play on her. Not to mention her child-at-heart husband who is a little too childlike for her. After all, she has enough trouble parenting her son to be parenting her husband as well. To say her life isn’t what she imagined it would be is the worst kind of understatement. And then we’re there with her as she gets news that changes everything. Everything. Suddenly Cathy is taking a long hard look at her life. She doesn’t like what she sees and she decides to make drastic changes.

A lot of people have asked me if this is a comedy or a drama. It’s… both? I mean, it’s a comedy about a heavy subject. It’s not sitcom-y at all. There’s a realistic touch to the humor in this show. We laugh because the alternative is too depressing. So there’s an underlying drama to the comedy. Any wackiness feels truly earned by what’s happening to Cathy. If there’s any complaint I have about that side of things, it’s that it feels like almost all of the characters around Cathy are a bit over the top. But then I suspect that’s what’s forced her to be the person she is today. More importantly, it’s pretty clear she realizes that and that really works to ground that aspect of the show.

Like I said, give the show one episode to win you over. One episode. (Which you can actually watch below for free… Although it’s been edited down to give it a TV14 rating for whoever might run into it online so I recommend re-watching the actual version when it airs.) If you don’t want more, I’ll eat my words…

2 Responses to “The Big C is Coming”

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    theTVaddict says:

    Completely agree Rae,
    Another Showtime Dark Comedy… had no interest in. But like Pringles, once you pop [in that dvd screener] I couldn’t stop. Linney completely won me over.

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      Rae says:

      Man, now I want some Pringles. ;)

      Yeah… LL definitely sells this role. I’m a little surprised at how quickly she won me over.