Laura Linney

Laura Linney (Showtime)

With her active careers in film and stage, it would take a unique project to make Laura Linney commit to an ongoing television role these days ... and she found one in this seriocomic Showtime series, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for its first round.

She plays a wife, mother and teacher diagnosed with cancer and determined to deal with her situation full-on. Oliver Platt co-stars as her husband, Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire") appears as one of her students, and "Sex and the City" veteran Cynthia Nixon is featured as a newly reappeared friend. Guest stars include frequent Linney colleague Liam Neeson. DVD extras: eight "making-of" documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P)

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