English native Tracey Ullman has a unique perspective on the United States — actually, she has dozens. In her zany sketch-comedy series, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (Fridays at 10 pm/ET, Showtime), the multitalented mimic will each week deliver a series of rapid-fire vignettes that capture a day in the life of America. We caught up with her for some insight into the method behind her madness.
TVGuide.com: You sing, dance, act…. Is there anything you can't do?Tracey Ullman: I can't draw. Stick people come out! [Laughs] But, in general, I don't like to be pigeonholed. I'm lucky — I get to have a chance at anything. I'm a happy schizophrenic!
TVGuide.com: Explain the concept of State of the Union.Ullman: We spend a day in America — from dawn to dusk
Showtime has announced a March 30, 10 pm/ET, premiere for Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, a five-episode half-hour sketch-comedy series. "TUSU" (as I am abbreviating it already) launches immediately after the second-season premiere of The Tudors. "I have always loved Tracey Ullman, ever since I was a young development executive at Fox when she was doing the original Tracey Ullman Show," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt says in a statement. "We are so proud to bring her to Showtime in a completely new show that will again showcase what she does best. In this case, she will be looking at the wide cross-section of Americans and both celebrating us and sending us up."OK, but only if we get to keep our fish-and-chips and bad-teeth jokes.
After 14 years and a Humvee full of Emmys, Tracey Ullman has dumped HBO to go work for Showtime, where she is developing State of the Union, a skitcom about life in the U.S. of A. See, HBO? Lisa Kudrow would never have been so fickle.Meanwhile, having lost its head over the new Henry VIII drama The Tudors, Showtime has already given the green light to begin production on Season 2, Variety reports. The cabler has also ordered another round of This American Life episodes.
Two of the most rapturously romantic lump-in-the-throat moments I've seen on TV this season have taken place in a mountain town called Everwood, home to TV's best-written, best-acted and most touching family drama (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET on WB).
Both scenes involve the endearing odd couple of Bright Abbott (Chris Pratt), a former jerk and not-quite-reformed slacker, and Hannah Rogers (Sarah Drew), a bookish mouse who blossoms in his presence. In a show bursting with lovably empathetic characters caught up in turbulent family and personal relationships, the Bright-Hannah combo has sent Everwood into heights of sentimental transcendence.