Showtime has ordered a pilot for a show taking a comedic glance at cancer from Laura Linney.
The three-time Academy Award nominee, three-time Emmy winner, and SAG and Golden Globe Award winner will star and executive-produce The C Word, which will examine the ups and emotional ups and downs of a suburban wife and mother forced to face reality yet also find the light side in a dark situation.
The pilot is schedueld to be shot in the fall.
The show is created and written by Darlene Hunt, who will serve as executive producer, along with Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon. It will be produced by Original Film in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Should it receive a series order, The C Word would mark the second time over the past year that Showtime has developed a show featuring an Emmy winner, who picked up the honor at rival HBO. Linney took home a trophy for her portrayal as Abigail Adams in miniseries John Adams.
Edie Falco, famous for her Emmy-winning portrayal of mob wife in The Sopranos, starred in the lead role for Showtime's Nurse Jackie, which just completed its first season and will return for a sophomore campaign in 2010.
"Laura Linney is in that rare echelon of truly gifted actresses who fully embody the characters they play and we are honored to welcome her to Showtime Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, in announcing the pilot. "Cancer is not usually the subject of a half-hour comedy, but Laura saw what we did in this complex show -- a woman who gets a wake-up call that causes her to shake up her life and family. She will no doubt make this character both heartbreaking and disarmingly funny, and we're thrilled that she has chosen this show for her foray into series television."
"How one lives fully while being tested by the unpredictability of life, and what one learns in the process, is always filled with endless possibilities for an actor," said Linney. "I am very excited to tackle such potentially rich, funny and complicated material."