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After her Emmy-winning performance as Abigail Adams, Laura Linney '86 returns to the small screen August 16 with the debut of The Big C. Showtime calls it a "dark comedy" about a public school teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and vows to make every second count. If anyone can rise above the cliché, it's Linney. "I'm just having desserts and liquor," she flatly tells a waitress in the show's trailer; watch it on YouTube.