'The Big C,' 'The Real L Word,' debut on Showtime this summer

gabourey-sidibe-big-c-large.jpgShowtime heats up this summer with three series debuts, including "The Big C," "The Real L Word," and "The Green Room With Paul Provenza."

"Weeds" (Season 6) and "Penn & Teller: Bulls**t!" (Season 8) will also premiere.

Mark Monday, Aug. 16 on your calendars, Showtime fans. "Weeds" picks up after the cliffhanger at the end of last season at 10 p.m., and then premiere of buzzed-about "The Big C" follows right after at 10:30 p.m. Three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney stars as a wife, mother and teacher who receives the news that she has terminal cancer. Emmy nominee Oliver Platt ("Huff" and "Frost/Nixon") stars as her well-meaning husband and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious") plays her precocious student.

But you won't have to wait until August to get your Showtime fix. "The Real L Word" has its series premiere on Sunday, June 20 at 10 p.m. The new reality show (inspired by the long-running Showtime series) will follow a group of real-life, "hot and happening" lesbians in their daily live in Los Angeles.

To tickle your funny bone, Showtime brings you "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" on Thursday, June 10 at 10:30 p.m. This show will feature comedian/actor/producer Paul Provenza and some of his fellow comedians -- Roseanne Bar, Sandra Berhard, Eddie Izzard, Paul Mooney, Bob Saget and Jonathan Winters, to name a few -- in a roundtable setting, talking uncensored before a studio audience.

"Penn & Teller: Bulls**t!" returns to the tube at 10 p.m. on on Thursday, June 10, covering topics like "Cheerleaders," "Vaccinations," and "Teen Sex."


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