LauraLinney1EXCLUSIVE: I’m told Showtime has picked up to series that pilot created and written by Groundlings comedy troupe member Darlene Hunt and starring 3-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney as a suburban wife and mother recently diagnosed with cancer. The 1/2-hour dark comedy is now called The Big C and will air for 13 episodes. “A metaphor for the way we all should live, yet rarely do, this is a journey about how to seize the day,” Showtime said when the pilot was announced last summer. Showtime boss Bob Greenblatt admitted at the time that “Cancer is not usually the subject of half-hour comedy, but Laura saw what we did in this complex show [about] a woman who gets a wake-up call that causes her to shake up her life and family. She will no doubt make this character both heartbreaking and disarmingly funny.” Hunt and Linney will serve as executive producers of the series.