Showtime Greenlights "United States of Tara" With Collette

News   Showtime Greenlights "United States of Tara" With Collette Showtime has picked up the pilot "The United States of Tara" starring Tony and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette.

Penned by Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"), Showtime is fast-tracking its 12-episode order of the half-hour series.

Collette stars as Tara, a woman struggling with disassociative identity disorder and the members of her dysfunctional family. John Corbett ("Sex and the City") portrays Collette's husband in the series. Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl") directed the pilot that included cast members Portia Doubleday, Shiloh Fernandez, and Keir Gilchrist.

According to Showtime, Tara is a wife and mother of two teenagers. "At times she also might become an aggressive male biker, or a promiscuous teenage girl, or a cake-baking Martha Stewart-like homemaker. And more personalities may emerge from her as the series unfolds."

In addition to penning "Tara," Diablo Cody serves as executive producer on a team that includes Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Dreamworks Television, and Alexa Junge.

The series will begin filming in Los Angeles this summer. An air date has not been revealed. Collette earned a 2000 Tony nomination for her work as Queenie in Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, which marked her Broadway debut. The 1999 hit "The Sixth Sense" garnered Collette an Academy Award nomination. Her film credits also include "Little Miss Sunshine," "Evening," "Muriel's Wedding," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Clockwatchers."

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