Showtime is giving new Laura Linney series “The Big C” a post-“Weeds” timeslot.
Dark comedy about a woman who receives a terminal cancer diagnosis will premiere Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m., following the sixth-season premiere of “Weeds.” Oliver Platt and Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe co-star.
Also making its premiere in summer is “The Real L Word,” inspired by the cabler’s gay drama “The L Word,” which ran for six seasons before bowing out in March 2009. Shifting from scripted to reality, “The Real L Word” — set to premiere 10 p.m. June 20 — will follow a group of Los Angeles lesbians. Skein is produced by “L Word” creator Ilene Chaiken and Magical Elves.
On the comedy side, “The Green Room With Paul Provenza” launches 10:30 p.m. June 10, right after the season-eight debut of “Penn and Teller: Bullshit!” In “Green Room,” Provenza will chat up other comics about topical issues in the comedy world.
Guests include Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Eddie Izzard, Paul Mooney and Bob Saget and Jonathan Winters.