Showtime Orders New Comedy Based On Multiple-Personality Woman


Showtime Networks has greenlit The United States of Tara, ordering 12 episodes of the half-hour comedy series that stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother who suffers from dissociative identity (formerly multiple personality) disorder, officials said Wednesday.

The comedy series, a co-production of Dreamworks Television and Showtime Networks, will delve into how a dysfunctional family, including Tara’s husband—played by Sex and the City’s John Corbett—copes with the various identities that may appear on any given day and range in age, temperament and even gender. 

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody of Juno, who wrote the pilot, will continue to serve as a writer and one of the series executive producers along with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Dreamworks Television, and Alexa Junge.

The United States of Tara, which will begin production in Los Angeles this summer, marks the 11th primetime series to join Showtime’s lineup of original programming, including The Tudors, Dexter, Weeds, Californication, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Brotherhood, This American Life, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and The L Word.

Collette is an Academy Award-nominated actress known for starring in a variety of intriguingly diverse film roles, such as Muriel’s Wedding, The Sixth Sense and Little Miss Sunshine.

Corbett became known to television audiences for his performance in the series NorthernExposure and Sex and the City