May 27th, 2011       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Earlier this week, Showtime canceled United States of Tara, the series created by Diablo Cody, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring Toni Collette, who picked up an Emmy for her portrayal of the title character, a woman with dissociative identity disorder. What the hell happened? The show is good! We spoke with Cody to get her take on what went wrong (beyond low ratings), how she’s taking the news, and where she is with her next two feature films. New York Magazine’s complete interview with Cody can be read here.




  • Jeannette

    I am heartbroken to hear of the cancellation of “United States Of Tara”!!
    I come from a hideous abusive backround & in my 40′s was diagnosed with DID. The journey thru therapy has been like falling off the cliff into hell itself at times! My own reallizations are tough enough & extremly painful!
    When “United States of Tara”came on Showtime I was drawn to it!! As the episodes played out I felt a new sense of calm that was extremly refreshing! Some one dared to put my fate on the TV screen for all to see!
    I took great comfort in watching each & every episode!! I finally felt I was not alone!!! upon reading about its cancellation that has left me in severe depression!!! I feel as if I am loosing a dear friend & part of myself !!!! US of Tara brought new levels of healing & awareness within me!!! Is there anyone I may write to to plead the case of not cancelling Tara?? I cry everytime I think about it!!! That show has given me comfort beyond my abilty to express, new awarenesses in my own life & it was done with humor, truth, & daring writing!!! Please, PLEASE, please do NOT let it end!!!!!! ~tears~

  • Melissa

    Toni is sooo talented!!! I am cancelling my subscription to Showtime unless they bring it back. :(

  • Susie

    I hope that Spielberg and Cody find a way to finish telling Tara’s story! Seriously, canceling the show is like publishing only the first half of a novel. I want to see how Tara’s identities are finally (and properly!) all integrated into one. The professor was technically correct that all of the identities are Tara… just parts of her that, because of her lack of an integrated sense of self (ie. the dissociation), became, for lack of a better term, exaggerated. I was looking forward to watching Tara come to the place where she can recognize, accept, and embrace her various aspects into one cohesive sense of self. (I realize that this probably sounds very over-simplified, and I certainly don’t mean to say that resolving DID is a simple matter!)

  • Maribel Macchi

    I didn’t have a subscription to Showtime so I missed the show completetly. They have the show on Netflix and I found myself addicted to Tara and her multiple personalities. Maybe is a little too late but I wish there is a way to bring the show back and finish what they started. I’m craving for more!!!
    If they do bring the show back to Showtime I’ll subcribe. I promise!!

  • Rebecca

    Toni Collette is one of the most talented actors of our time. She is totally amazing to watch in United States of Tara. United States of Tara is (was?) my favorite show – I was so looking forward to the new season and am truly disappointed to hear of it’s cancellation. There is so much crap on TV – it is absolutely inexcusable to lose a show of such excellence. Shame on whoever decided to kill it.

  • Kathy

    LOVED the show. Found it after the fact on Netflix earlier this year and was hooked. So much talent Toni and the entire cast have- very in sync acting. Really enjoyed the script.. Was encapsulated by each show! So bummed the project did not continue.