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'United States of Tara' renewed for second season

February 10, 2009 |  2:34 pm


Showtime has renewed "United States of Tara" for a second season, an announcement that comes after just four episodes have aired.

"Tara" stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother with multiple personalities, including a frisky teenage girl, a gruff middle-aged man and a perky, perfect housewife. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody devloped the series and executive produces alongside Steven Speilberg.

Production on the second season's 12 episodes will begin this summer for air in early 2010.

Network programming president Robert Greenblatt said the show is "a perfect fit for our premium brand, and we're thrilled that critics and audiences have responded to this groundbreaking show so well."

To date, "Tara" has drawn big ratings for the cable network, premiering well above the network's average (though just how well was up for some debate).

John Corbett and Rosemarie DeWitt also star in the series produced by Showtime Networks and Dreamworks Television. Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Alexa Junge also executive produce.

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: Jordin Althaus / Showtime