Welcome to the ‘United States of Tara’ with Toni Collette
Toni Collette is the latest Academy Award nominee (Best Supporting, for The Sixth Sense) to make a career transition to the small screen and join a television series. I am a big fan of many of her films, especially Muriel’s Wedding and About a Boy, The Hours and Little Miss Sunshine, so her name alone is a huge sell for me.
The United States of Tara, debuting on Showtime after the holidays, is scripted and executive produced by author/ Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno). The pilot was actually based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, and his involvement with the show appears to be as a co-executive producer.
As evidenced by both the trailer
and promo photo above, Collette plays a character who suffers from
dissociative identity disorder (no longer referred to as multiple personalities). This series looks to be an intriguing dark comedy with great potential; it follows her family as they cope with the dysfunction caused by Collette’s behavior. Co-starring John Corbett (Northern Exposure, Sex & The City) as her husband, it will air in half hour episodes beginning January 18, 2009.
My interest is piqued and I will be setting a Season Pass. Watch the trailer and let me know what you think.