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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lots of personality

Just watched the first episode of the new Diablo Cody-scripted TV drama series United States of Tara. It stars Toni Collette as Tara/Tina/Buck, a wife and mother with multiple personality disorders, a condition that is oddly tolerated and accommodated by her husband (Sex and the City's John Corbett), rebellious daughter and possibly-gay geeky son.

It would be hard for this show to go wrong considering its pedigree: written by Juno Oscar winner Cody, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring the astonishingly versatile and chameleon-like Collette as well as the glorious Rosemarie Dewitt (soon to be seen acting her socks off opposite Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married).

I really enjoyed this pilot: it's sassy, well written, funny,spiky and is an acting tour-de-force (if it survives, Collette will collect every TV award going). It will need a few weeks to hit its stride and explain some of its more peculiar narrative choices (how is her family so cool about the whole thing? Why did Tara go off her meds?), but this one has enormous potential and I'll definitely be coming back for more. Good work Diablo!

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