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Showtime renews 'Nurse Jackie, cancels 'United States of Tara'

May 23, 2011 | 12:07 pm

Tara Multiple personality disorders are out, but drug addiction and medieval mayhem are still in at Showtime.

The premium cable network has canceled "United States of Tara." Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Diablo Cody, the show followed  suburban mom Tara as she tried to make her marriage work and raise a family while contending with multiple male, female, young and old personalities.

Toni Collette, who played Tara during the show's three seasons, won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role. Though it generated a solid amount of buzz at its launch, the show never really caught on with sizable numbers of viewers.  The dark dramedy drew about 1.9 million fans between live and time-shifted viewing. Ratings had been dropping -- they're 30% lower this season than last -- and didn't look poised for a turnaround.

Its season finale, scheduled for June 20, will also serve as the series finale.

"Nurse Jackie" -- which the network has renewed for a fourth season, along with a previously announced second season of "The Borgias" -- has been pulling in an average of 2.8 million viewers in its current third season. (Much of the viewing happens via Showtime On Demand or DVR replays through the week.)

Edie Falco, an Emmy winner from "The Sopranos," also won an Emmy for "Nurse Jackie," in the comedy category, after which she famously said in her acceptance speech, "I'm not funny!"

The series, from executive producers Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, also stars Anna Deveare Smith, Peter Facinelli, Eve Best and Merritt Wever.

-- T.L. Stanley

Photo: Toni Collette in "United States of Tara." Credit: Jordin Althaus / Showtime


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