“The Big C” will return for a four-part limited event this April — switching to an hour format — to wrap up the story of Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney), a schoolteacher, wife and mother, who was diagnosed with terminal skin cancer Season 1, but entered a special trial program in Season 2 and was given hope of a cure.
“I would say the final scene of the series will be very nostalgic for viewers,” says Executive Producer Jenny Bicks. “We introduce visual elements we played with during the course of the series. It is a very happy moment, too.”
That said, neither Bicks nor Linney would reveal Cathy’s final fate — life or death.
“I feel really good about how we finish the story with all of us together,” Linney did volunteer. “The lesson I learn over and over and over again in anything creative is nothing is ever what you think it is going to be. If I have the arrogance of thinking I know what it is going to happen, I am proven wrong. Storytelling always goes in different directions and surprises you. It unfolds in unexpected ways always.”
For the fourth season of “The Big C,” Linney, whose mother used to be a nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, credits her makeup and hair people with doing a terrific job.
“We did a lot of research,” she says. “I lost some weight along the way. I cut my hair. There were all sorts of things that we did to achieve the physical change of what happens to someone when they are ill. I was humbled each night when I got to wash it off.”
“The Big C: hereafter” will premiere on Monday, April 29 at 10/9c on Showtime.