Showtime sets summer premiere dates for ‘The Big C’ and ‘The Real L Word’


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Showtime will debut three new series -- among them, the dark comedy ‘The Big C’ and the reality show spin-off of ‘The L Word’ -- this summer.

‘The Big C’ stars Laura Linney as a repressed suburban wife and mother who reclaims her life after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe will have a recurring role as a smart-aleck student.


Showtime will also launch ‘The Real L Word,’ a reality show inspired by Ilene Chaiken’s long-running soap opera about straight and lesbians friends living in Los Angeles, and ‘The Green Room with Paul Provenza,’ in which well-known comics give viewers unprecedented and candid access to their creative process. Participants will include Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Eddie Izzard, Paul Mooney, Bob Saget and Jonathan Winters.

Summer will also see the Season 6 premiere of ‘Weeds’ and the Season 8 premiere of ‘Penn & Teller.’

The complete summer schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 10

‘Penn & Teller’ 10 p.m.
‘The Green Room with Paul Provenza’ 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 20

‘The Real L Word’ 10 p.m.

Monday, August 16

‘Weeds’ 10 p.m.
‘The Big C’ 10:30 p.m.

-- Denise Martin