The Big C

Alan Alda Talks Life, Death and ‘The Big C’

Posted on 04/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAlan Alda is uncomfortable with the word “Legacy.”  “It’s always sounded like some kind of monument you want to leave for yourself,” he says with a tinge of sarcasm. At 77, the actor-writer-director-author and science enthusiast prefers to apply simpler terms to his efforts to leave a mark on the world.  “I like to think of it more like planting a tree rather than making something that I’m remembered for.  What I’d really like to do is leave something that’s …

Laura Linney’s ‘Big C’ Prepares to Say Goodbye

Posted on 04/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentFor the past three seasons of Showtime’s The Big C, Laura Linney’s cancer-stricken character, Cathy Jamison, has gone through three stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining.  In the season that launches April 29, subtitled “Hereafter,” Cathy will reach the stage of acceptance.  This is a different kind of a season – with four two-hour episodes they’re calling a “limited series event.” Fans of the under-appreciated series will not be surprised that despite these ominous signs, there is a lot …

Good TV This Week: Bargaining With Laura Linney

Posted on 04/8/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIf you haven’t yet seen Laura Linney’s “The Big C,” this would be a good time to sample the audacious dark comedy that, over its first two seasons, made viewers laugh out loud and cry cathartic tears.  Showtime launches the series’ third season tonight (4/8) (along with new seasons of its “Nurse Jackie” and “The Borgias”), accompanied by free viewings of the premiere episode on the internet.  Linney’s cancer-stricken character, Cathy Jamison, gets some good news from her oncologist (Alan …