Showtime Pledges Allegiance to THE UNITED STATES OF TARA
NEW COMEDY SERIES STARRING TONI COLLETTE GREENLIT FOR TWELVE EPISODES
SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG, DREAMWORKS TELEVISION AND
ACADEMY AWARD(R)-WINNING WRITER OF JUNO
LOS ANGELES, June 4 -- Showtime Networks has fast-tracked
the pickup of THE UNITED STATES OF TARA, a new 12 episode half-hour comedy
series starring Academy Award(R)-nominated actress Toni Collette ("Little
Miss Sunshine") as a wife and mother who suffers from disassociative
identity (formerly multiple personality) disorder, it was announced today
by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment for Showtime. The comedy
series, a co-production of Dreamworks Television and Showtime Networks,
will delve into how a dysfunctional family, including Tara's working
husband played by John Corbett ("Sex and the City"), copes with the various
identities that may appear on any given day and range in age, temperament
and even gender.
Academy Award(R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"), who wrote
the pilot, will continue to serve as a writer and one of the series
executive producers along with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl
Frank of Dreamworks Television, and Alexa Junge. The pilot was directed by
Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl").
"SHOWTIME is known as the home of several shows featuring flawed main
characters, and we welcome Tara -- and all her alternate personalities --
to the fold," said Greenblatt. "What a pleasure to watch Diablo Cody and
Toni Collette work together, a combination of inspired writing and acting
that raises this show from just a curiosity to a compelling examination of
a modern family. It is our distinct pleasure to also work with Steven
Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, and all the talented people at
THE UNITED STATES OF TARA, which will begin production in Los Angeles
this summer, marks the 11th primetime series to join SHOWTIME's impressive
lineup of original programming, including The Tudors, Dexter, Weeds,
Californication, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Brotherhood, This American
Life, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and The
Toni Collette is an Academy Award(R)-nominated actress known for
starring in a variety of intriguingly diverse film roles. She made an
indelible impression on Hollywood with her unforgettable performance in
"Muriel's Wedding," earning her first Golden Globe(R) nomination. She then
went on to star in "The Sixth Sense" for which she earned an Academy
Award(R) nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Collette's most
recent memorable role was in "Little Miss Sunshine," for which she received
the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in
a Motion Picture and was nominated for a Golden Globe(R). That same year,
Collette garnered an additional Golden Globe(R) nomination for the
miniseries "Tsunami: The Aftermath." Most recently, Collette starred in
last summer's "Evening" alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson,
and will top line the upcoming "Towelhead," a controversial and highly
anticipated Alan Ball film that debuted at the 32nd Annual Toronto Film
Festival last fall.
John Corbett became known to television audiences for his performance
in the series "Northern Exposure." He is most recognized for his
performance as Aidan Shaw in the hit series "Sex and the City." He also
starred in the series "Lucky." Corbett's feature film credits include "My
Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Raise Your Voice," and "Raising Helen." He will
soon be seen in "I Hate Valentine's Day" and "Baby on Board."
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS
Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R),
THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels
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SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI.
SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks(TM), a joint venture between SNI and
the Smithsonian Institution which recently launched SMITHSONIAN
CHANNEL(TM). All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1.
SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition
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DreamWorks Television is a division of DreamWorks SKG which was founded
in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
DreamWorks Television is currently in production on seasons five and six of
"Rescue Me" on FX, season one of the reality series "Wedding Day" for TNT
and the pilot for the ABC comedy "Single with Parents" starring Alyssa
Milano, Beau Bridges and Annie Potts. In the longform arena, DreamWorks
Television and co-production partner Playtone are in post production on
"The Pacific" for HBO. The division previously produced the Emmy(R) and
Golden Globe(R) nominated "Into The West" for TNT as well as the Emmy(R)
Award winning "Taken" for the SciFi Channel. Other past DreamWorks
Television projects include: "SpinCity," "Band of Brothers," "Father of the
Pride," "Freaks and Geeks," "The Job," "Boomtown," "Undeclared,"
"Carpoolers," "The Contender" and "Las Vegas."