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Showtime cancels ‘United States of Tara’

Pay cabler also orders new season of 'Jackie'

Showtime is saying goodbye to “United States of Tara” but welcoming another season of “Nurse Jackie.”

Toni Collette starrer “Tara,” whose title character suffers from multiple personalities, will be finished when its third season ends in June. DreamWorks Television skein was a solid ratings player in its first season but has seen its numbers taper off since then.

Through eight weeks “Tara” has been averaging 326,000 viewers in its original Monday telecasts and 1.9 million viewers when video-on-demand, DVR playback and repeat showings are included. That’s 30% behind season two totals.

Collette won the Emmy for lead comedy actress in her first year of eligibility and was nominated again last year.

Ratings for “Nurse Jackie,” starring Edie Falco, have dropped as well, but not as much as those for “Tara.” Show, currently in the midst of season three, is bringing in 2.8 million viewers per week when all viewings are included.

“Tara” is exec produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Diablo Cody, Craig Zisk, Brett Baer and Dave Finkel.

Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Richie Jackson are exec producers for “Nurse Jackie.”

“The Borgias,” which performed well for the pay cabler at 3.3 million viewers per week, was recently picked up for a second season.

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