Unfortunate news from Showtime today. The U.S. cable network has decided not to move forward with “United States of Tara.” The Toni Collette comedy, which centers on a mom who suffers from multiple personalities, will be ending after its third season ends this summer. Tara, created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, premiered in 2009 to solid ratings, but began to diminish in viewership as seasons progressed. It premiered its current season to 411,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, down significantly from its Season 2 launch, when it averaged 816,000 and a 0.4. Collette won an Emmy in 2009 and a Golden Globe in 2010 for her performance. It’s a mixed bag for Showtime, as the network announced on Monday that Edie Falco’s “Nurse Jackie” will be back for a fourth season.
On showtime’s United States of Tara, Toni Collette, 38, plays a peculiar suburban mom who inhabits seven other identities, including a gun-toting guy. We checked in with the eighth version of Collette, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress herself, pregnant (at press time) with her second child and due in late April, from her home in Sydney.
By “standing behind large objects. So I’m stirring lots of large pots and carrying lots of plants and books.”
Collette and her husband, musician Dave Galafassi, who have recorded an album together, “share everything. My husband is supportive, handsome, a useful human being. He’s a miraculous man. They do exist.”
“We live in the outback with kangaroos and don’t have cosmopolitan cities and lives.”