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The Big C is a Showtime original television series created by Darlene Hunt which premiered on August 16, 2010. It drew the largest audience for a Showtime original series premiere in eight years. The show follows teacher Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) – a reserved, suburban wife and mother – who is diagnosed with melanoma. The realization of this forces her to really begin to live for the first time in her adult life. At first she chooses to keep her diagnosis from her family, behaving in ways they find puzzling and increasingly bizarre. She finds new freedom to express herself. As the show progresses, Cathy allows her family and some new friends to support her as she copes with her terminal diagnosis, and finds both humor and pathos in the many idiosyncratic relationships in her life.
Laura Linney won the Satellite Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a mini-series or a movie. The show won the Satellite Award for best Television Series in 2010.