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Diablo Cody ‘Depressed’ After 'Tara' Cancellation

United States of Tara
Showtime

“The viewers just weren’t there," she laments of Showtime's decision to pull the plug earlier this week.

United States of Tara creator Diablo Cody tells New York’s Vulture she feels “pretty dejected” by Showtime’s decision to cancel her quirky series starring Toni Collette as a woman with dissociative identity disorder.

But she says she wasn’t shocked when she learned the news Monday.

 “I had intuited that we weren’t coming back since we’re usually in preproduction by this time, and we weren’t,” Cody says, adding that she is “a little depressed.

“Mostly I hope everyone who worked on the show finds a job right away,” she goes on. “But I also feel like we made an innovative and interesting show, and any time you can provide Toni Collette with a vehicle for her craft — oh, shit, I said craft. I hate that. Anyway, Toni gives a performance of a lifetime and it was a privilege to be a part of that, and I know I sound like a cliché, but the sentiment is genuine.”

She adds that Collette, who scored an Emmy for her role, also feels the same way, “proud but sad.”

Asked what went wrong, Cody (who penned the script for the upcoming Jason Reitman drama Young Adult) replies, “The viewers just weren’t there.”

She says she’d love to do TV again, but stresses, “I would do it differently. I think it might be a more solitary process. I don’t think I ever got the hang of the writers’ room. I love collaborating with people, but I really do my best work alone, and I think I would want to — if I did something again, I think I’d want to take total ownership the way Aaron Sorkin or David Kelley does. I think Glee is written by three people, which is very interesting."