The first season of "The Big C" drew early critical praise, especially for star Laura Linney, who won a Golden Globe for her performance as a melanoma patient struggling to come to terms with her disease and laying the news on her family.

The first season of "The Big C" drew early critical praise, especially for star Laura Linney, who won a Golden Globe for her performance as a melanoma patient struggling to come to terms with her disease and laying the news on her family.

I still watch the series now, mainly for Linney, her co-stars Oliver Platt (who plays her amusing man-child husband) and John Benjamin Hickey (her narcissistic, manic-depressive hobo-esque brother), but the frequent unoriginality still keeps me at arm's length.

It's a shame, because Season 2 continues to express enough heart and occasional humor that the show could be outstanding if it had a deeper narrative.