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I just finished catching up on USoT yesterday and I have to say, I like it. I think the acting is great, I think he story is interesting and I obviously enjoy writer Diablo Cody’s one-liners. However, after watching a few eps in succession I have to say I’m a little confused. 

What type of show is it? Is it a drama? A comedy? A mystery? I don’t really get it. The best I can come up with is, there’s a lot going on. Now, I know it’s a Showtime show, and I know it has the range to be a number of things, but I guess I am hoping for some sort of clarity. Once we find out what’s driving her multiple personalities are we going to go somewhere with that? 

 

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Toni Collette, Toni Collette, Toni Collette, and Toni Collette

 

 

I guess I’m worried that it’s a false investment. If I can’t even pin point it now, what’s going to keep me in the future?

Anyone else confused?!

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The series premiere of Showtime’s latest pursuit, The United States of Tara, is currently streaming on sho.com. Just type in the word “tara” when prompted.

Seth over at Defamer had some not nice things to say about the first episode but I found it to be pretty interesting. Tara (played by Toni Collette) is a muralist/mom suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Under stress, anyone of her “alters” comes out to wreak a little havoc on her family. John Corbett is her ho-hum husband who’s personality reminds me a lot of the husband from Medium. Kind of unsurprising since both men are bound by the weight of their spouse’s mental gifts/issues.

Diablo Cody is writing the show which means it’s quirky but not obnoxious like Juno.

The show isn’t instantly remarkable but I think there’s something there. I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it just yet. Is it the writing? The chemistry between Corbett and Collette? Perhaps. The potential is enough to keep me optimistic.

Watch it and let me know what you’re thinkin’.

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