EXCLUSIVE: The Big C creator/executive producer Darlene Hunt has signed a two-year overall deal with the series’ producer Sony Pictures Television. Under the pact, part of the new breed of “showveralls,” writer-comedian-actress Hunt will continue on The Big C, which is now in production on Season 2. Hunt is focused on writing duties for the Showtime series, serving as an executive producer alongside showrunner Jenny Bicks, who also just signed an overall deal with Sony TV. Additionally, she will develop a project for the studio while The Big C is in hiatus.
“It was a long time coming,” Hunt said of landing her first series order with The Big C. “I’ve been writing pilots for 10 years.” That includes the 2003 ABC pilot Platonically Incorrect, directed by Tom Shadyac, and several projects at Sony TV in the last 3-4 years. “It was always a great experience,” Hunt said about working with the the studio.”You become a little family, you get used to getting notes from the same people and develop a shorthand.” One of those shows she developed with Sony was The Big C, the first project she ever pitched to a cable network. It went to pilot at Showtime and attracted Bill Condon as director in his pilot-directing debut and Laura Linney as star in her first regular series gig. The dark comedy about Cathy (Linney), a woman diagnosed with cancer, earned its first major awards recognition at the Golden Globes this year with a best comedy series nomination and an acting win for Linney. UTA-repped Hunt said she likes the way Season 2 is going so far. “Everything is relaxed, there is a system I place. It makes me feel great about Season 6.”