United States of Tara

US network Showtime has given another season to dark comedy Nurse Jackie but decided to bring comedy-drama United States of Tara to an end.

The Toni Collette-starring series has been axed by the network after running for three seasons.

Collette has picked up several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe,  for her portrayal of a mother suffering from multiple personalities.

However, Nurse Jackie will return for a fourth season next year.

Both series screen here in Canada on The Movie Network and Movie Central. 

Source: Digital Spy

A pill-popping nurse and a multi-layered suburban mom return on Monday, March 28 as Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present all new seasons of Showtime’s critically acclaimed, dark comedies Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara.

Nurse Jackie (Season 3) premieres at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, followed by United States of Tara (Season 3) at 10:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT. 

Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a sharp-tongued, New York City ER nurse who skilfully navigates the rough waters of a crumbling healthcare system, doing everything she can to provide her patients with the best possible care.

A devoted wife, mother and friend on the surface, Jackie is hiding a nasty addiction to pain pills, an illicit affair with the hospital pharmacist, and the fact that she’s married with kids from her co-workers.

Season 2 ended with the ugly truth closing in on Jackie: her lover Eddie threatened to expose their affair to her husband, and her co-workers and husband put the pieces together about her pill-popping ways, finally confronting her about her addiction.

Season 3 picks up right where the previous one left off, and sees Jackie facing an unwanted intervention. The series also stars: Peter Facinelli as Dr. Fitch Cooper; Eve Best as Dr. Eleanor O’Hara; Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow,; Paul Schulze; and Dominic Fumusa as Kevin Peyton.

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Diablo Cody, United States of Tara stars Toni Collette as Tara Gregson, a wife and mother who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder which results in the appearance of several eccentric alternate personalities including: the wild and flirty T; 1950s housewife Alice; beer guzzling Vietnam vet Buck, pop psychologist Shoshana; and troublemaking toddler Chicken. In Season 2, just as Tara decided to move on from her past, a sudden neighbourhood incident opened the door to her family’s shocking secrets, while her husband and children explored their own true identities. As Season 3 begins, Tara decides to go back to college, and must deal with her now present mother-in-law, a recluse with a compulsive hoarding problem. Joining the cast for the third season are Eddie Izzard (The Riches) as Tara’s college professor, and Frances Conroy (Golden Globe®-winner for Six Feet Under) as her mother-in-law. The series also stars: John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Ghilchrist, and Brie Larson. 

All new episodes of Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central’s High Definition channels, and will be available on demand. Episodes of Nurse Jackie will be available on The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV, Rogers and Videotron and Movie Central Online with Shaw Video On Demand and Bell TV Online following its network premieres.

Viewers get a sharp dose of reality, laughter, and Rocker Dads as MuchMore announces its Fall programming schedule, featuring five new series premieres and many returning favourites.

In an exclusive Canadian premiere, Poison frontman and everyone’s favourite CELEBRITY APPRENTICE, Bret Michaels, struggles with his rock n’ roll lifestyle and being a family man in BRET MICHAELS: LIFE AS I KNOW IT (Oct.).

The critically acclaimed UNITED STATES OF TARA (Sept. 25) shows suburban housewife Tara Gregson raising a family as both herself and as her multiple alter egos.

Comedienne, Emmy® award-winner, and Grammy® nominee Kathy Griffin breaks all of the rules trying to make it in Hollywood in KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D LIST (Sept. 26).

And platinum selling recording artist Fantasia Barrino juggles family pressures and fame in FANTASIA FOR REAL (Oct.).

KISS’ always unpredictable Gene Simmons and his family cause all sorts of trouble with the return of MuchMore’s hit GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS (Sept. 26).

Exposing the life behind the celeb is the returning hit show CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW (Oct.), now entering its fourth season with an all new cast, including Leif Garrett, Janice Dickinson, Jason Whaler, and Eric Roberts.

Rounding out the fall schedule is the revamped DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS (Monday – Friday) in a new, fast-paced, 30-minute format. The pressure is on as contestants try and belt out the words to the biggest hit songs in music alongside new host Mark McGrath.

 

See Full Slate of Programming Below


MuchMore Premieres


BRET MICHAELS: LIFE AS I KNOW IT – **Exclusive Canadian Premiere**

Premieres in October

From rock icon to CELEBRITY APPRENTICE winner, Bret Michael’s is truly a jack of all trades. But behind the glam rock and bad boy persona is a family man. This brand new reality docu-series gives viewers an inside look to the juggling act of being a father of two and performing in front of thousands of adoring fans every night. BRET MICHAELS: LIFE AS I KNOW IT shows Michael’s struggle of balancing life on the road, coping with superstardom, raising two little girls, and repairing his relationship with the mother of his children.

 

UNITED STATES OF TARA – **Season 1**

Premieres Saturday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET

Tara Gregson appears to have a normal life – a loving husband, two teenage children, and a home in the suburbs. However, Tara’s life is anything but average as she suffers from multiple personality disorder, making life complicated for her whole family. Tara’s personalities range from a promiscuous teen girl named ‘T’, to a beer guzzling war veteran named Buck. UNITED STATES OF TARA stars Emmy® award-winning actress Toni Collette, and John Corbett (SEX IN THE CITY), and is produced by Steven Spielberg.

 

KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D LIST – **Season 5**

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

Life isn’t easy on the bottom and self-proclaimed “D-List” celebrity Kathy Griffin pulls out all the stops in an effort to climb the ranks of the Hollywood ladder and achieve fame. Kathy and her entourage (aka Team Griffin) – assistant Tiffany Rinehart, tour manager Tom Vize, and mom Maggie Griffin are all on board to catapult Kathy to the next level of fame after her Emmy® Award win. This hilarious series follows Kathy as she stalks other A-List celebs, schmooze’s with the best of them, and breaks all the rules for free publicity.

 

FANTASIA FOR REAL – **Season 1**

Premieres in October

Following the career of former AMERICAN IDOL winner Fantasia Barrino, new docu-series FANTASIA FOR REAL gives an up close and personal look into the complicated life of this recording artist and single mother. As the sole breadwinner, Fantasia must take care of her large family, but slowly begins to realize she needs to take care of herself too. From her humble beginnings as a church choir singer in North Carolina to national superstardom, Fantasia now deals with the price of fame, balancing her career, family, and an upcoming third album and tour.

 

BEHIND THE MUSIC – **New Episodes** 

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET 

Chronicling the lives of the top artists in the music industry today, this in-depth, all- access program documents both the highs and lows in the life of the music elite. Artists’ stories are showcased through in-depth, intimate interviews with the artists, and their families, friends and colleagues, along with rare and never-before-seen video and film footage. In more than 200 episodes to date, BEHIND THE MUSIC has featured artists across the pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop spectrum. Upcoming episodes include Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, DMX, Christina Aguilera, Eve, and Courtney Love.

 

Returning Favourites

 

GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS – **New Episodes** 

Sunday, Sept. 26 at 9p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET 

From tongue wagging, fire breathing demon in KISS to business mogul to family man, Gene Simmons is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Alongside his girlfriend of more than 25 years, former Playboy model Shannon Tweed, they raise their two children, Sophie and Nick. America’s most unconventional family returns with an all new season of hilarious hijinks and elaborate schemes.

 

CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR DREW – **Season 4**

Premieres in October

Dr. Drew Pinsky is back for a fourth season of the hit reality program CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW, with an all new cast of celebrities who have fallen from grace. The series follows the real-life trials and tribulations of celebrity patients who are making a change for the better, and undergoing detox treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Centre. This season includes Jason Wahler (THE HILLS), musician Leif Garrett, Frankie Lons, who is the mother of singer Keyshia Cole, Jeremy London (PARTY OF FIVE), Rachel Uchitel, former Tiger Woods mistress, Eric Roberts (The Dark Night), “the world’s first supermodel” Janice Dickinson, and socialite Jason Davis.

 

DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS – **New Format, New Episodes**

Monday to Friday at 10 p.m. ET

Hit musical game show DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS returns with a faster-paced 30 minute format, a new host in Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray, EXTRA), but still all of the same thrills and excitement! Ordinary people are given a chance to live out their rock star fantasies as they are put centre stage for a chance to win a fortune, just by knowing the lyrics to five of the biggest hit songs ever recorded. This season features special celebrity contestants, as well as several outrageous and emotional special event themed episodes.