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Spielberg's Multiple-Personality Comedy Greenlit for Showtime

Spielberg's Multiple-Personality Comedy Greenlit for Showtime

At Saturday's Showtime TCA session, a half-hour comedy series cooked up by Steven Spielberg got the green light. Yet the series sounds sort of awkward-funny:

Pay net said at TCA Saturday that it has greenlit the pilot for "The United States of Tara," a halfhour comedy about a woman with multiple-personality disorder which is based on a Spielberg idea and is produced by his DreamWorks Television.

Justin Cody will write and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will exec produce the show, about an afflicted suburban mother whose personality veers from a Martha Stewart domestic to a male biker to a sex-happy teenage girl. Showtime execs described it as "Weeds" meets "Cybil."

Huh. I didn't think it was polite to laugh at people with multiple-personality disorder. But hey, I recently loved the pilot of a series about a bounty hunter for the devil, so I'll clearly laugh at most anything. Now, about that lead actress... Who could play this multi-personality lady?


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Allofus Allofus 8 years
I am 47 years old and live in a 55 year old body of a woman who was diagnosed 25 years with DID (no longer MPD and hasn't been for years) I found this to be a delightful program! People take this way too seriously and obviously have yet to find the positives in being DID. Life is too short. I am not making light of what anyone went through to get here after all I have had over 230 identifiable people inside of me, it's just after all these years it is wonderful to see something other than Sybil or Three Faces of Eve. It was tasteful, honest and good for me anyway. Maybe in time you will learn to embrace yourselves instead of wasting energy where you shouldn't. What's wrong with finding the humor in things? Learn to accept yourselves and be able to laugh at yourselves whenever possible. It's called actually living, not just surviving.
memyselfandwe2 memyselfandwe2 8 years
did they do any research to find out what a person has to go through to get a diagnosis of MPD/DID?? and how do they call it a comedy? having MPD/DID isnt funny at all. unless u call these thing funny: waking up out of a fog not knowing where you are or how you got there. noticing your son with a black eye. and when you ask him how and where he got it...he tells you "it was you mommy" and you have no memory of it. having to give your childen up to their dad....because you have no control over you body or mind. (i never want to be on the news for killing my children) not being able to live a normal life because your not normal and never will be. thank you for reading this and i hope it means something to someone besides me.
Neural Neural 10 years
I think it sounds great! Gonna have to think about the leading lady, though...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Sounds dreadful. Anne Heche is a good pick, though.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
It sounds like crap, so...Anne Heche. It wouldn't really be acting, though...
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
I see Parker Posey doing it but doesn't she already have a show coming out? I just think this is up her alley in terms of quirky roles she usually like to play. But making fun of people with multiple disorders. That I'm not for. I'll laugh at a 21 year old male turn Devil's bounty hunter but making light of disorders. hmmm. not sure.
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