Juno's Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has created a new dramedy for Showtime about a married, suburban artist with two kids — and she happens to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), commonly referred to as multiple personalities. Diablo sat down with TVGuide.com to talk about transitioning from film to television writing, working with Steven Spielberg and a dream cast, and what it's like to write so many different personalities for Tara. The United States of Tara premieres Sunday at 10 pm/ET.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about DID. Did you get to talk to people who actually suffer from the disorder?
Diablo Cody: Yes I did. We actually have one consultant working on the show who is a mother who lived with DID and raising her kids. She's no longer living with DID, but she had it, and she gave us a lot of insight into the disorder.
TVGuide.com: The main cause of DID is thought to be a result of traumatic incident during childhood. Are we ever going to find out what Tara's incident is?
Cody: Later in the season, we deal with the source of Tara's disorder extensively. We do talk about the trauma that caused it, but at this point, the family is not exactly sure what the incident was that triggered it.
TVGuide.com: Was there any inspiration behind the character of Tara's sister Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt), or did you just decide Tara needed an evil nemesis sister?
Cody: I wouldn't necessarily call Charmaine a nemesis; she's an...
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Showtime's new series, United States of Tara, doesn't premiere until Jan. 18, but now's your chance to watch the full episode online before it airs!
From executive producer Steven Spielberg, the comedy centers on working mom Tara (Toni Collette), who just so happens to have three other personalities living inside her. First is the Betty Crocker of the bunch who goes by Alice. Then there's Buck who loves the three B's: beer, bar fights and boobs. And last, but not least, is T — the wild child who loves showing off her cleavage.
Watch the episode after the jump!
Secret Diary of a Call Girl courtesy Showtime
Look out, Oxygen: Showtime could be emerging as the other destination for ladies albeit not the warm-fuzzy types. The net has announced that both new and returning female-driven shows will premiere in a triple-header on Sunday, Jan. 18. The back-to-back lineup will kick off at 9 pm with start of The L Word's sixth and final season, followed by the 10 pm series debut of United States of Tara. As previously reported, the half-hour dramedy stars Toni Collette as a suburban mom with a dissociative identity disorder. Executive producers include Juno mastermind Diablo Cody and Steven Spielberg, among others.Rounding out the night at the appropriately later hour of 10:30 pm will be Secret Diary of a Call Girl (yes, Belle du Jour's really back for more). Kicking off its second season, the series will see Belle finding new independence and a hanger-on.Are you embracing Showtime's lady-centric lineup? Anna DimondCatch more of the ladies and gents on Showtim...
Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie by Christian Weber/Showtime
Breaking news! Edie Falco is an awesome actress. This reporter learned this definitely not exclusively when he saw a sneak peek at Falco's new half-hour Showtime dramedy (tentatively titled Nurse Jackie) on Friday. Falco plays a complicated nurse in an inner-city hospital. "What do you call a nurse with a back problem?" she asks in the preview. (Pause.) "Unemployed." As a result, the wisecracking, potty-mouthed, maybe-promiscuous Nurse Jackie also has a bit of a painkiller problem. It looks very promising.Ditto for Toni Collette, who plays a suburban mom who suffers from multiple-personality disorder on United States of Tara. Here's what makes this show interesting to me: Tara's family (including husband John Corbett) is aware of her illness, tolerates it and even knows and has relationships with each of her personalities. Weird, right? Wait until you meet them. My particular favorite is "T," and I'm guessing she'll be yours too.Neither show has a solid premiere date y...