03.24.10 8 years ago 7 Comments

Here’s the trailer for Showtime’s “The Big C” (previously called “The C Word”) starring Laura Linney as a teacher who gets cancer, Oliver Platt as her husband, and Precious star Gabourey Sidibe as her grotesquely obese student likely to get diabetes any day now. Here’s an awesome exchange:

Linney: You can’t be fat AND mean, Andrea.

Sidibe: What?

Linney: You can be fat and jolly, or a skinny bitch. It’s up to you.

Ordinarily, I hate anything labeled as a “dramedy” out of principle, but this looks like it might be okay. I almost always like Linney and Platt, but what I find especially heartening is that it’s a show that isn’t all “boo-hoo-hoo, someone has cancer so no one’s allowed to laugh.” I mean, come on, people: it’s just a deadly disease. Everyone’s gotta die of something; why take any other cause more seriously than another? So yeah: light-hearted approach to cancer + fat jokes = I’ll probably watch.

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