the big c pilot 320 'The Big C': Watch the premiere episode early“The Big C” premieres in mid-August on Showtime, but you can preview the pilot episode early here at Zap2it.

Laura Linney stars as Cathy, a suburban housewife and teacher diagnosed with
terminal cancer. Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe plays her smart-aleck student Andrea and Oliver Platt stars as Cathy’s husband Paul.

Sidibe and Platt have been in on “The Big C” since early on, but more recently a slew of guest-stars have been announced. Idris Elba (“The Wire”) will appear as a painter/potential love interest for Cathy, Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) is in four episodes as Cathy’s college roommate Rebecca, Reid Scott (“My Boys”) checks in as Cathy’s oncologist and Liam Neeson (“The A-Team”) can be seen as “Bee Man,” whom Cathy approaches about alternative treatment options.

“The Big C” premieres Monday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m., following the Season 6 premiere of “Weeds” on Showtime. Watch the first episode below.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."