Over the course of the last few years, Showtime has been working hard to shed its image as HBO's nerdy younger sibling. Like a pubescent high school girl who's evolved from tentative nerd (Angela Chase) to popular ho (Kelly Taylor) to reckless bad-ass who just don't give a fuck (Marissa Cooper), we've seen the channel blossom before our very eyes. They brought us The L Word and Queer As Folk -- because it's natural to experiment. Then came Weeds --- because everyone knows that drugs make you cooler. Then came the much-anticipated Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Because everyone loves a slut. And just yesterday it was announced that the premium channel has picked up United States of Tara, a new comedy series penned by tattooed It-screenwriter Diablo Cody about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. Because if we learned anything from Britney, it's that mental disorder is the new black.
The series will star Toni Collette as the titular character and John Corbett (be still my heart) as her husband. I just hope Showtime doesn't take it too far. It's cool to be risque and female-positive and, like, gay friendly. But it's a slippery slope. Before you know it, what you've got is Lifetime Redux. And no one needs to be subjected to a transgender adaptation of Not Without My Daughter.
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