Looks like there will be twelve more episodes of Tara and her three other personalities. Showtime has announced that United States of Tara, their latest television series headlined by Toni Collette, has been renewed for a second season, after only four episodes into the first.
“It has been pure pleasure working with Diablo Cody, Toni Collette, Steven Spielberg and everyone at Dreamworks on [the show],” Robert Greenblatt, Showtime president of entertainment, said in a press release. “This is a perfect fit for our premium brand and we’re thrilled that critics and audiences have responded to this groundbreaking show so well. I look forward to many more alternate personalities emerging from this unique series.”
The show, which premiered last month, centers on Tara (Collette), a mural painter who has dissociative identity disorder. Whenever things get very stressful for her—whether it’s with her patient husband Max (John Corbett), teenage daughter Kate (Brie Larson), sensitive son max (Keir Gilchrist) and disbelieving sister Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt)—she immediately shifts to one of her three personalities: hyperactive teenager T, old-fashioned Alice, and aggressive male Buck. Diablo Cody, best known as the writer of the hit film Juno, wrote most of the episodes, and is also one of the executive producers, along with Steven Spielberg.
The idea has since become a hit: reviews for the show were mostly positive, and the show has attracted 2.67 million Showtime subscribers. It was so good, in fact, that it outperformed the network’s other shows, including Weeds, Dexter and Californication, in its premiere week.
Cody, Spielberg and Collette will remain in their respective posts for the second season. Twelve new episodes will be produced from this summer, and are set to air in 2010. The first season is still ongoing, though; new episodes are aired on Showtime every Sunday from 10pm.
Admittedly United States of Tara is one of my new favorites this year, continuing to charm and provoke thoughts (or it’s just me) with its unique premise and its sensitivity to the issue at hand. I couldn’t be happier that it’s getting a second season—but what about you? Would you want to see Tara get into her alters for one more year, or would you rather watch something else? The floor is yours. Time to sound off.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of Showtime)