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Susan Sarandon is bringing the fun to 'The Big C'

02/01/2012 by Nichole Hamilton

Susan Sarandon is guest starring on the new season of "The Big C" on Showtime, and will reportedly bring some positivity with her character.

Sarandon, 65, will appear in several episodes of the Showtime series, which chronicles a suburban mother's life after she is diagnosed with cancer and her unconventional ways of coping.

Laura Linney won a Golden Globe in 2011 for her portrayal of Cathy Jamison, the lead character who has been diagnosed with terminal melanoma. Her husband, Paul Jamison, is played by Oliver Platt, and her son, Adam Jamison, by Gabriel Basso.

Sarandon is set to play Joy, a cancer survivor who uses her experience to motivate and inspire others. In the show, she pushes the main character Cathy to question her own cancer experience and how she chooses to cope with the disease.

It was announced in September 2011 that the show would be renewed for a third season with a 10-episode order.

"The Big C" debuted in 2010 and also stars Gabourey Sidibe of the film "Precious." The series received two Golden Globe Award nominations. The second season saw guest stars like former "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon, Alan Alda and "Evening" actor Hugh Dancy.

The third season premieres Sunday, April 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Sarandon is known for her various film roles in movies such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Thelma and Louise," "The Lovely Bones" and "Enchanted."

Sarandon's daughter, Eva Amurri, married MLS soccer player Kyle Martino in October. Sarandon and Tim Robbins, who helped raise Amurri during his 21-year relationship with her mother, organized the nuptials. Amurri was born to Sarandon and Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri.

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