“I would hate to be the show that breaks her track record,” admits Jenny Bicks, executive producer of Showtime’s “The Big C” which stars Laura Linney in her first regular TV role. The actress has won all three of her Emmy bids: Best TV Movie/Mini Actress for both “Wild Iris” (2002) and “John Adams” (2008) and in between those Guest Comedy Actress for “Frasier” in 2004.
Chatting with Gold Derby senior editors Robert Licuria and Chris Beachum, Bicks revealed that it was the combination of Darlene Hunt‘s concept about a woman coping with cancer and the efforts of former Showtime president Robert Greenblatt that lured Linney to television.
As part of the producing team for “Sex and the City,” Bicks shared in the 2001 Emmy win for Best Comedy Series. She was also part of the Emmy-nominated writing staff for the 2008 Oscars hosted by Hugh Jackman. Bicks, a cancer survivor, said she comes to this project, “admirably and honestly. There’s a lot about mortality that is absurd, funny, and bizarre. We don’t consider ourselves so much a show about a woman with cancer as a show about mortality and time. You can have a character behaving in ways that can be quite comedic because you don’t have a lot to lose.”
Bicks praised her “acting troupe” of theater vets including supporting contenders Oliver Platt and Phyllis Somerville and the strong roster of guest stars including Cynthia Nixon, Idris Elba, Liam Neeson and Gabourey Sidibe. She says the the second season, which debuts on June 27, has guest turns by Alan Alda, Hugh Dancy, and Parker Posey.
If the show lands a series nod, the six episodes for the judging panels will be: “Pilot,” “Divine Intervention,” “No C in Team,” “Taking the Plunge,” “Playing the Cancer Car,” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge.”