We hear that Oscar® nominee actress Gabourey Sidibe will make her way from the mean streets of ‘80s Harlem in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire to the cushy, modern-day Connecticut suburbs in the new Showtime dark comedy series, The Big C. Sidibe, who guest starred in the pilot episode, just signed on as a recurring guest star in the half-hour series, which is headlined by multiple award-winner Laura Linney as Cathy, a repressed suburban wife and mother who reclaims her life after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Oliver Platt (of 2012 fame) stars as her immature, but well-meaning husband. Sidibe will play a smart-alecky student in Cathy’s class.
The Big C, which will begin shooting 13 episodes in May for a late summer premiere, is created and written by Darlene Hunt, who will serve as executive producer, along with Linney, Neal H. Moritz and Vivian Cannon. Acclaimed writer/director/producer Bill Condon (of Dreamgirls fame) directed the pilot.