The Big C (TV series)

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The Big C
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The Big C intertitle
GenreComedy-drama
Created byDarlene Hunt
StarringLaura Linney
Oliver Platt
John Benjamin Hickey
Gabriel Basso
Gabourey Sidibe
Phyllis Somerville
Opening theme"Game Called Life"
by Leftover Cuties
Composer(s)Marcelo Zarvos
Jesse Voccia
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Darlene Hunt
Laura Linney
Jenny Bicks
Neal H. Moritz
Vivian Cannon
Mark J. Kunerth
Michael Engler
Producer(s)Cara DiPaolo
Lou Fusaro (pilot only)
Melanie Marnich
Location(s)Minneapolis, Minnesota (setting)
Stamford, Connecticut (actual filming location)
Running time36 27-minute episodes (season 1-3) and 4 1-hour episodes (season 4)
Production company(s)Perkins Street Productions
Farm Kid Films
Original Film
Sony Pictures Television
Showtime Networks
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runAugust 16, 2010 (2010-08-16) – May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
External links
Website
 
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The Big C
The big c.jpg
The Big C intertitle
GenreComedy-drama
Created byDarlene Hunt
StarringLaura Linney
Oliver Platt
John Benjamin Hickey
Gabriel Basso
Gabourey Sidibe
Phyllis Somerville
Opening theme"Game Called Life"
by Leftover Cuties
Composer(s)Marcelo Zarvos
Jesse Voccia
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Darlene Hunt
Laura Linney
Jenny Bicks
Neal H. Moritz
Vivian Cannon
Mark J. Kunerth
Michael Engler
Producer(s)Cara DiPaolo
Lou Fusaro (pilot only)
Melanie Marnich
Location(s)Minneapolis, Minnesota (setting)
Stamford, Connecticut (actual filming location)
Running time36 27-minute episodes (season 1-3) and 4 1-hour episodes (season 4)
Production company(s)Perkins Street Productions
Farm Kid Films
Original Film
Sony Pictures Television
Showtime Networks
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runAugust 16, 2010 (2010-08-16) – May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
External links
Website

The Big C is a Showtime original television series which premiered on August 16, 2010.[1] It drew the largest audience for a Showtime original series premiere.[2] The second season premiered on June 27, 2011.[3] The third season premiered on April 8, 2012.[4] On July 31, 2012, The Big C was renewed for a fourth and final season, named "Hereafter", which premiered on Monday, April 29, 2013[5] and concluded on May 20, 2013.

Premise[edit]

The show follows Minneapolis high school teacher Cathy Jamison – 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Big C's pilot episode was received positively by critics, while subsequent episodes received mixed reviews. Season One received an overall score of 66 on Metacritic.[7] Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times wrote: "The Big C works because most of the writing is strong and believable, and so is Ms. Linney, who rarely sounds a false note and here has perfect pitch... the series is at its best when sardonic and subdued."[8] Washington Post critic Hank Stuever said: "Buoyed by scalpel-sharp writing and even keener performances, The Big C …walks a fine line of having it both ways. It's for people who are repelled by the warm-fuzzy, disease-o'-the-week dramas of cable television,"[9] while EW.com's Ken Tucker quibbled with its major plot point: "My big problem with The Big C concerns a crucial decision the show made for the early episodes: Cathy declines to tell those closest to her that she has cancer. While this is one of the many different reactions people have to such a diagnosis in real life, in a comedy-drama like this, it makes everyone around her seem a bit dim."[10]

The second season received similar reviews to the first, receiving a score of 64 on Metacritic.[11] Maureen Ryan of AOL TV stated that "Having a character and her family deal with a potentially fatal illness is such a rich arena for both drama and black comedy, but so far, The Big C hasn't been able to mine that topic with consistent freshness and depth."[12] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly was critical towards the show, but commended the acting, stating that "Much of The Big C's unoriginal dramatization of cancer concerns is mitigated by the fresh, dynamic performances of Laura Linney and Oliver Platt."[11]

The third season received a score of 67 on Metacritic.[13]

The fourth and final season—consisting of four hour-long episodes—received a score of 73 on Metacritic and a user-rating of 8.5.

International broadcasting[edit]

CountryNetworkSeries Premiere
 AustraliaGEMSeptember 29, 2010
 AustriaORF1March 26, 2012
 BrazilHBOJanuary 16, 2011
 BulgariabTV ComedyJanuary 13, 2013
 CanadaSuper Channel[14]September 1, 2010
 GreeceMega ChannelJuly 1, 2014
 CyprusMega ChannelSummer 2012
 DenmarkTV3 PulsJune 12, 2012
 EstoniaSony Entertainment Television BalticMarch 18, 2013
 FinlandYLE TV1October 15, 2011
 FranceCanal+December 8, 2011
 GermanyFOX[15]April 5, 2011
 IcelandRUVFebruary 17, 2011
 IrelandRTEJune 17, 2011
 IsraelHot 3April 4, 2011
 ItalyFoxLifeJune 21, 2011
 NetherlandsFox LifeApril 20, 2010
 New ZealandTV3October 12, 2010
 PolandTele 5March 30, 2012
 South AfricaM-NETMay 17, 2011
 SloveniaPOP BRIOSeptember 7, 2011
 SpainTV3 (Catalan television)[16]August 4, 2014
 SwedenSVTFebruary 19, 2011
 TurkeyComedyMaxOctober 2, 2010
 United KingdomMore4February 3, 2011
 MexicoHBOJanuary 22, 2011
 NorwayTV2January 3, 2012
 PortugalTVSériesOctober 2011

Awards and nominations [edit]

Awards and nominations for The Big C
YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
2010Satellite AwardTelevision Series (Musical or Comedy)SeriesWon
Best Actress - Television Series (Musical or Comedy)Laura LinneyWon
2011Golden Globe AwardTelevision Series (Musical Or Comedy)SeriesNominated
Best Actress - Television Series (Musical or Comedy)Laura LinneyWon
American Cinema Editors AwardBest Edited Half Hour Series for TelevisionBrian A. KatesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesLaura LinneyNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesIdris ElbaNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesJulie Tucker and Ross MeyersonNominated
Satellite AwardTelevision Series (Musical or Comedy)SeriesNominated
Best Actress - Television Series (Musical or Comedy)Laura LinneyNominated
2012Golden Globe AwardBest Actress - Television Series (Musical or Comedy)Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesBernard TelseyNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieLaura LinneyWon
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieJohn Benjamin HickeyNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Showtime sets summer premiere dates for 'The Big C' and 'The Real L Word'". Los Angeles Times. March 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  2. ^ Hibberd, James (August 17, 2010). "Showtime's 'The Big C' Draws Record Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Reiher, Andrea (September 20, 2010). "'Weeds,' 'The Big C' Renewed by Showtime". Zap2it. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Gorman, Bill (January 20, 2012). "'The Big C' Returns On April 8; Victor Garber Dials Up Trouble In The Third Season". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 12, 2013). "Showtime Announces Premiere Dates for 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Dexter' (Returning Early) 'Ray Donovan,' 'Homeland,' 'Masters of Sex' & More". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: The Big C Promotes Gabourey Sidibe to Series Regular". Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Big C: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "It's Hello Cancer, Goodbye Inhibitions". The New York Times. August 15, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Stuever, Hank (August 16, 2010). "'The Big C': Showtime Series Takes Cancer Seriously, but in a Funny Way". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Tucker, Ken (August 11, 2010). "The Big C". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "The Big C: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Maureen (June 27, 2011). "Review: Laura Linney Fights Cancer (and Cliches) in 'The Big C'". AOL TV. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Big C: Season 3". Metacritic. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Big C on Super Channel". superchannel.ca. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  15. ^ "The Big C ab April als Deutschlandpremiere bei FOX". serienjunkies.de. January 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  16. ^ ""Amb C majúscula", la nova sèrie del dilluns a la nit". tv3.cat. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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