"Laura Linney's cancer series gets a greenlight Showtime has given the go-aheaad for a brand new series that delves into the world of cancer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has handed out a season order for The Big C, which will star Laura Linney.

The pay-cable network has handed out a 13-episode order for the series, which centers on Linney's character, a suburban housewife and mother whose recent cancer diagnosis sends her life into a tailspin.

The Big C, formerly known as The C-Word, was created by Darlene Hunt and the pilot was directed by Bill Condon. The series is set to debut in the fall.