"The Big C" Breakdown

Cancer Support Community’s Award-Winning Radio Show, Frankly Speaking About Cancer, Welcomes Creator & Executive Producer of “The Big C”

WASHINGTON DC, August 9, 2011 – An upcoming episode of the Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) internet radio show, Frankly Speaking About Cancer, welcomes Darlene Hunt, creator and executive producer of “The Big C”, for a rare look into the real-life inspiration behind Showtime’s hit series. Airing Tuesday, August 16th, at 4 p.m. ET, the episode reveals Hunt’s motivation for creating a show that so boldly walks the line separating comedy from tragedy.

Airing Mondays at 10:30PM ET, “The Big C” follows reserved suburban wife and mother, Cathy, whose recent stage four cancer diagnosis forces her to re-examine her life and relationships. The show is a fictional version of the real-life drama experienced by many of the people CSC serves every day. Frankly Speaking About Cancer host, Kim Thiboldeaux, also CSC’s President & CEO, uncovers the truth behind the narrative through a fascinating hour-long discussion with Hunt, a cancer survivor, herself.

Openly addressing many controversial aspects of the acclaimed series, Hunt contextualizes Cathy's medical decisions, personal relationships, and increasingly bizarre behavior as she accepts and eventually confronts her diagnosis. She also gives explanation to hot-button topics, like Cathy’s decision to keep news of her diagnosis a secret from family and friends, and later to enroll in a clinical trial. Throughout the episode, Hunt addresses the show’s bold use of humor as a means to complement Cathy’s exploration of mortality and reveals how her own cancer experience has impacted plot development.

With a regular cast featuring Laura Linney and Oliver Platt, and guests appearances from the likes of Gabourey Sidibe and Cynthia Nixon, “The Big C” is one of the best-acted shows on television. Through its consistent use of humor, dark or otherwise, “The Big C” demonstrates an idea that the Cancer Support Community has long endorsed – that cancer can be funny and humor can be healing.

Tune in to Frankly Speaking About Cancer on Voice America’s Health & Wellness Channel --  www.voiceamerica.com/show/965 -- on Tuesday, August 16th at 4PM ET, for an exclusive look behind the scenes of this critically acclaimed series and a discussion of its place within the broader cancer community.


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