Showtime greenlights Laura Linney series

'Big C' centers on a woman with cancer; 13 episodes ordered

Showtime has given a series order to three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney's project "The Big C."

The premium cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the series (formerly titled "The C-Word"), in which Linney plays a suburban wife and mother whose cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life.

"Laura Linney is the consummate actor and producer, and we're thrilled she has chosen to come to Showtime in this extraordinary series," Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said. "The character and her journey are complex, requiring layered nuances of comedy and drama which I believe no one else could do better than Laura. And she's surrounded by a gifted ensemble of actors who will bring this show vividly to life."

The series co-stars Oliver Platt, who previously appeared on the network's "Huff."

"Big C" will debut in the fall and is created by Darlene Hunt, who will executive produce with Linney, Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon. The series is produced by Original Film and Sony.

Bill Condon directed the pilot.