Showtimes' 'United States of Tara' has been canceled


The months of May and June can be a tough time for television lovers as reruns start up and announcements are made on which shows won't be coming back. Variety magazine recently announced that Showtimes' United States of Tara, whose executive producers include Steven Spielberg and Diablo Cody, won't be returning in the fall. Fans hoping to discover the mystery causes of Tara's multiple personality disorder may never get their closure, as the show's third season ends in mere weeks.

[jump] Poor ratings is most likely to blame. The award-winning series debuted to solid ratings and strong critical acclaim, including a season one Emmy win for Tara star Toni Collette (she was also nominated for lead actress in a comedy this year). However, the number of people tuning in has dropped dramatically over the past three years.

Nurse Jackie and The Borgias are still remain on the schedule for next year on Showtime.

UPDATE: Executive producer Diablo Cody has confirmed the cancellation via her Twitter account, @diablocody:

"TARA got canned, everyone. I feel sick, but proud. Each season got better. Best/nicest cast & CREW ever. Toni=God. Thank YOU for watching!"