Showtime picks up "Juno" scribe's comedy

Thu Jun 5, 2008 12:06am EDT
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By Kimberly Nordyke

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showtime has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of "The United States of Tara," a comedy from Oscar-winning "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody.

Toni Collette stars as a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder. John Corbett plays her husband.

Story lines will examine how a dysfunctional family copes with the various identities that might appear on any given day and range in age, temperament and even gender.

It's expected to enter production in Los Angeles in the summer. The pay cable channel hopes to launch the show early next year.

Cody wrote the pilot, which was directed by Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl"). She will continue to serve as a writer, and an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter