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Gabourey Sidibe Joins ‘The Big C’

After guesting in pilot episode, she has signed on for recurring role in series starring Laura Linney

Gabourey Sidibe, Oscar-nominated star of "Precious," has signed on for a recurring role in Showtime’s half-hour series "The Big C." She guest-starred in the pilot.

The black comedy stars Laura Linney as a repressed suburban wife and mother who remakes her life after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Oliver Platt plays her immature but well-meaning husband.

Sidibe will recur as a smart-aleck student of Linney’s.

"The Big C" begins shooting 13 episodes in May for a late summer premiere.

Darlene Hunt ("90210") created the show and serves as writer and executive producer. Linney, Neal H. Moritz and Vivian Cannon also are executive producers. The series is produced by Original Film in association with Sony Pictures Television. Writer-director-producer Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") directed the pilot.