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HBO and Showtime Land Even More Big Names

By Cindy Davis | Industry | July 26, 2010 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | July 26, 2010 |

Neither a show that tries to make cancer funny, nor a show about Broadway hold much appeal for me - but hey, maybe y’all are masochists. So first up in today’s big name news, Liam Neeson has joined Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Cynthia Nixon and Reid Scott in Showtime’s dramedy about cancer, The C Word. Linney plays a suburban wife and mother recently diagnosed and forced to find the lighter side of a cancerous life. The pilot will be directed by Academy Award winner, Bill Condon. Maybe it’s just me, but no matter how many names they get I won’t be watching.

Next up is Susan Sarandon who has signed on to HBO’s The Miraculous Year. The show follows the life of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer who has a new show and a dysfunctional family. Sarandon joins a star-studded cast including Frank Langella, Hope Davis, Patti LuPone and Lee Pace, and the pilot is to be directed by Academy Award winner, Kathryn Bigelow. This one holds more possibility for me, but it still doesn’t sound terribly tempting. Maybe it’ll draw in the older Glee crowd.

Broadway, Cancer and big names - what say you?

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