Gabourey Sidibe Heading For 'The Big C'

Gabourey Sidibe steps out at the Cinema Society and Calvin Klein Collection's 'Broken Embraces' after party at the Standard in NYC on November 17, 2009 Gabourey Sidibe steps out at the Cinema Society and Calvin Klein Collection's 'Broken Embraces' after party at the Standard in NYC on November 17, 2009

Gabourey Sidibe’s not just “Precious” – the star is heading for television.

At their Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, Showtime announced that the actress will guest-star as a sassy student named Andrea in “The Big C,” a new drama starring Laura Linney about a school teacher who discovers she has cancer.

Oliver Platt will also star in the show as Laura’s character’s husband.

In clips shown at the event, Gabourey makes sarcastic comments in class and is caught sneaking a cigarette by Laura.

The show will debut in the fall. The network has ordered 13 episodes.

In the meantime, Gabourey can look forward to next weekend’s Golden Globe awards, where she’s nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for “Precious” – and keep her fingers crossed for the Oscars. Nominations for the awards show will be announced on February 2.

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