Showtime has picked up the Diablo Cody-penned
sitcom The United States of Tara for 12 half-hour episodes, including pilot. As
previously reported, Steven Spielberg is producing the endeavor that now will
begin filming this summer. Showtime president Robert Greenblatt said he hopes
to launch the show early next year, though there is no definite air date yet.
will act as executive producer, along with Cody,
Spielberg and DreamWorks Television’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Aside
from the brief run of Taken in 2002, Tara
marks Spielberg’s return to television 13 years after SeaQuest DSV, Variety
Spielberg conceptualized the initial plot idea about an
everyday mother who sustains multiple personality disorder. The program will
chronicle how her dysfunctional family copes with the different mental changes in
persona, age and even gender that the condition creates. Toni Collette is set
to play Tara and John Corbett will play Max,
“The combination of Diablo Coby's vision and Toni Collette's
brilliance at playing her characters(cq) is irresistible,” Greenblatt told the
Hollywood Reporter. “It's a very provocative idea, and there's a combination of
humor and real drama. It's a unique show that seems to be right up our alley.”
Cody’s next offering can be expected in the form of teen
horror Jennifer’s Body, which is expected for release next year.
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