Laura Linney, Showtime team for 'Word'

Network orders dark comedy pilot about cancer

Showtime has ordered a pilot starring Laura Linney with the working title "The C Word."

The show, from writer Darlene Hunt, is a dark comedy about cancer, with Linney in her first starring role in a TV series.

Linney, who also will exec produce, plays a suburban wife and mother forced to deal with a cancer diagnosis.

"Cancer is not usually the subject of half-hour comedy, but Laura saw what we did in this complex show: a woman who gets a wake-up call that causes her to shake up her life and family," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said. "She will no doubt make this character both heartbreaking and disarmingly funny."

The three-time Emmy-winning actress is best known to TV audiences from "Frasier" and recently appeard in HBO's miniseries "John Adams."

"C Word" was created by Darlene Hunt, who has written for such shows as "Will & Grace" and "Good Morning Miami." Hunt will serve as executive producer, along with Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon. Original Film will produce in association with Sony.