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Showtime and the producers of The Big C end Cathy Jamison’s personal cancer saga in hospice care tonight with its fourth and Hereafter season finale. Executive producer and showrunner Jenny Bicks naturally declined to divulge whether Cathy (Laura Linney) dies tonight, though she and fellow exec producer Darlene Hunt co-wrote. The mini-series’ four last episodes span a year in the life of the lead character, each separated by roughly three months. The finale follows Angelina Jolie’s shocking May 14 announcement that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, which spurred a slew of press calls to Showtime and the Big C team. Bicks, herself an early-stage breast cancer survivor, told Deadline. “It has really drawn attention to us in a way we couldn’t have anticipated,” she said. “I hope we’ve done something to help more people recognize that cancer isn’t any longer this thing you whisper about behind a closed door. And it isn’t necessarily a disease you necessarily have to die from.”
With The Big C headed to its conclusion, the series’ showrunner Jenny Bicks is moving on with a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. The pact calls for the former Sex And The City executive producer to develop comedy and drama series for the studio. Bicks was most recently under an overall deal at Sony TV, which produces Showtime’s The Big C, created by Darlene Hunt. Bicks previously created and executive produced the ABC/Warner Bros TV one-hour dramedy Men In Trees and the NBC/NBC Studios comedy Leap Of Faith.
Here’s is the Deadline/TVline assessment of 2011 Emmy comedy races:
Deadline/TVline: 2011 Comedy Series Overview
Competition for Emmy nominations among this year’s Outstanding Comedy Series contestants is no laughing matter. The showdown between two 20th Century TV hits …
EXCLUSIVE: Former Sex and the City executive producer Jenny Bicks has signed a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the pact, Bicks will continue as executive producer/showrunner on the studio’s Showtime series The Big C, now in production on its second season with Hugh Dancy and Parker Posey joining the cast led by Laura Linney for multi-episode arcs and Alan Alda for a guest shot. On the series, created by Darlene Hunt, Bicks focuses the production aspects, working closely with the cast in Connecticut where the dark comedy is being filmed. The series about Cathy (Linney), a high school teacher diagnosed with a cancer, has been a very personal one for Bicks, who is a cancer survivor herself. The Big C earned its first major awards recognition at the Golden Globes with a best comedy series nomination and an acting win for Linney.
In addition to The Big C, Bicks has Modern Love, a one-hour dramedy produced by Sony TV, in contention at Lifetime. The project, loosely based on the New York Times column by the same name, was originally developed at HBO two years ago. Bicks is also expected to help with other projects in development at Sony with other writers. This marks Bicks’ official return to the Sony fold, where she previously had an overall deal. In the past year, she has been working under a show deal for The Big C.
The Big C executive producer and cancer survivor Jenny Bicks bought a Porsche when she was diagnosed with cancer. “Don’t wait to get cancer to make yourself happy,” she said at the TCA panel for the upcoming Showtime dark comedy series starring Laura Linney as a woman diagnosed with cancer.