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Showtime Picks Up Third Seasons of 'Jackie' and 'Tara'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 25th 2010 6:40PM
showtime_logo_redIt doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize that Showtime is the home of two of the best comedies currently on the air, 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara.' Having been fortunate enough to enjoy the season two premieres of these two shows last Sunday, it came as no surprise that Showtime announced today that both 'Jackie' and 'Tara' are coming back for a third season.

Actually, it is a bit of a surprise ... that it happened so fast! Showtime could have saved the news for a few weeks or even the end of these second seasons. But you have to figure the premium cable channel is pretty happy with the ratings these shows have generated and the enthusiasm is palpable. Another season, twelve more episodes of each, and for the creators of these shows that just has to be a great validation.

Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. was singing the praises of the shows, and especially the two lead actresses, Edie Falco in 'Nurse Jackie' and Toni Collette in 'United States of Tara.' "Showtime is enormously proud of these two series starring two of best actresses working today. Both are iconic shows for our brand and our thanks to the dedicated producers, cast, and crews who work so hard to make them so great.

"Edie Falco's portrayal of the fierce 'Jackie' is another extraordinary example of her range and brilliance, and recent Emmy and Golden Globe wins for Toni Collette in her tour de force role as a woman with multiple personalities put her in a class by herself. Strong women will continue to rule on this network for a long time to come."

The only problem in the foreseeable future for Showtime is that they have a lot of great actresses on its roster. Edie Falco will be going up against Toni Collette for the Golden Globe and Emmys this year. And they'll probably also be vying with Mary Louise Parker in Showtime's other show, 'Weeds,' and possible Laura Linney in the upcoming 'The Big C', another promising Showtime dramedy.

Hmm ... that's probably a good problem for Showtime, don't you think?

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Jon Carpenter

From what I remember the exact same thing happened last year after just one or two episodes of those two shows. I thought Tara was absolutely amazing and can't wait for the rest of the season.

March 25 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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