Showtime’s drama, United States of Tara, comes to the ABC from late July.
With the tagline, “Mum’s just not herself today,” Toni Collette plays a woman with multiple personalities.
John Corbett (Sex and the City) plays Max, her supportive husband of almost 20 years who works hard to keep up with Tara’s alter egos, while maintaining some sense of normalcy for their teenaged children: sarcastic and rebellious daughter, Kate (Brie Larson), and tender-hearted, bookworm son, Marshall (Keir Gilchrist).
Tara’s alter-egos include “T,” a provocative teenager who flits around in midriffs and low slung jeans; to “Buck,” a beer-swilling, trucker-hat wearing Vietnam vet who is prone to violence when (easily) provoked; to “Alice,” a 1950s Betty Crocker housewife who bakes pies, wearing her heels and without a meticulously hair-sprayed curl out of place.
Screenwriter Diablo Cody said of the piece, “I never imagined I’d write a show about mental illness or motherhood, for that matter. When most people hear “multiple personalities,” they immediately think of tragic stories like Sybil, or broad, silly comedies that make light of the disorder. A sensitive, humorous, humanist show about a family coping with DID seemed revolutionary to me. I did my homework so I could make Tara as real as possible.”
This 12-part series, co produced by Steven Spielberg, starts Wednesday 29 July at 9.30pm on ABC1.