“The Big C” finished up its first season on Showtime this weekend with a crackerjack episode. The show debuted in August to generally good reviews with special mention made of star Laura Linney. This seriocomic look at a woman coping with cancer marks the first regular TV role for the stage and screen veteran.
Linney has won all three of her past Emmy bids — TV Movie/Mini-Series Actress (“Wild Iris,” 2002; “John Adams,” 2008) and Guest Comedy Actress (“Frasier,” 2004). She is considered a shoo-in to contend for Comedy Actress at both the upcoming Golden Globes and next year’s Emmy Awards.
Showtime leading ladies took this award at the Emmys the past two years running. The 2009 winner — Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) — repeated at the last Golden Globes while recent Emmy champ Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) is expected to contend at the next Globes as well.
Beyond Linney’s frontrunner status at the Globes, I expect that “The Big C” will likely land in Best Comedy/Musical Series and that Oliver Platt is a good bet in the catch-all Supporting Actor category; he was nominated there in 2005 for Showtime’s “Huff.”
On the Emmy front, I expect the show to vie for Supporting Comedy Actor and both Directing (Oscar winner Bill Condon) and Writing (show creator Darlene Hunt) for the pilot episode.
Gabourey Sidibe and/or Lois Smith could contend for either Supporting Comedy Actress or Guest Actress (depending on where they are submitted), Cynthia Nixon for Guest Actress, and Idris Elba and Liam Neeson for Guest Actor. I also wouldn’t be too surprised if the show managed to sneak into the top Comedy Series category as well.
Photo: Oliver Platt and Laura Linney in “The Big C” (Showtime)