After four mediocre episodes, Showtime has renewed “United States of Tara” for a second season, which I find kind of shocking even though it’s gotten pretty good ratings. I guess Showtime isn’t listening to what I think is crap these days.
“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 developed the series and executive produces alongside Steven Spielberg.
I like Toni Collette. I dig co-star John Corbett. I can even tolerate Diablo Cody because she does decent work with the kids’ characters. So I don’t know why I don’t like this show. I guess I’m just getting tired of Showtime’s schtick. “Hey, look at this serial killer / mom who deals drugs / prostitute / family of con men / mom with a personality disorder! They’re just trying to be normal!” Yeah, good for you, ya freaks. Some of us don’t need extraordinary circumstances to live bland, boring lives.