Posted on January 10th, 2010 by Frederik

The “United States of Tara” is getting a new alter in the coming season. The character was revealed, sort of, at Showtime’s press tour sessions Saturday. A critic noticed that the “Tara” poster to the side of the stage featured an alter that didn’t look like one of Tara’s previously revealed alters. Creator Diablo Cody says the new alter’s name is Shoshanna, and she’ll be a “mentor” of sorts to Tara’s family. The character makes her first appearance in the season’s fourth episode, Cody says. Cody also says the new season will feature something called “co-consciousness” — in which Tara can communicate with an alter – and Tara moving in and out of her personalities more fluidly than she did last year. “Tara” is set to premiere March 22.

Posted on January 8th, 2010 by Frederik

Golfing great Greg Norman will be honoured alongside Australian actors Simon Baker and Toni Collette at next week’s G’Day USA Australia Week black tie ball in Hollywood. The star-studded ball is the highlight of the two-week festival which will see events held in in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Palm Springs to promote all things Australian. The ball will be held on January 16.

Posted on December 17th, 2009 by Frederik

Toni has received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She shares this category with Christine Applegate (Samantha Who?), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Julia Louis Dreyfuss (The New Adventures of Old Christine). This is Toni’s third nomination, she has received previous mentions as an ensemble member of “The Hours” and won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2007 as part of the ensemble of “Little Miss Sunshine”. Congratulations!

Posted on December 15th, 2009 by Frederik

Toni has received a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy for “United States of Tara”. She shares this category with Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Lea Michele (Glee). This is Toni’s fourth nomination, she has received previous mentions for “Muriel’s Wedding”, “Tsunami: The Aftermath” and “Little Miss Sunshine”. Congratulations!

Posted on December 13th, 2009 by Frederik

Toni has again won an AFI Award – the sixth in her career – this time the International Award for Best Actress for “United States of Tara”. Congratulations! I’m trying to find a video clip of her acceptance speech, so if anyone can help, please drop me a line.

Posted on December 12th, 2009 by Frederik

It has taken quite its time to release on DVD since its January broadcast, but “United States of Tara” will finally be hitting stores on December 29, 2009. The disc will include all 12 episodes of the show’s first season as well as an additional disc with bonus features – an audio commentary with writer Diablo Cody and executive producer Jill Soloway as well as featurettes on Cody and Toni Collette. “United States of Tara” can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com.

Posted on November 11th, 2009 by Frederik

Showtime has announced premiere dates for several returning series. It’s Monday lineup returns on Jan. 25 with the second season of “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” at 10 p.m., followed by “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union” at 10:30 p.m. That same night, at 11 p.m., comes the launch of new series “La La Land,” from British comic Marc Wootton. Series stars Wootton as three different characters, as he interacts with real-life Angelenos. Then on March 22, Showtime’s Monday night sked shifts to the second season of its Edie Falco starrer “Nurse Jackie” at 10 p.m., followed by the sophomore season of “United States of Tara” – starring Emmy winner Toni Collette – at 10:30.

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