The second season of Showtime's "United States of Tara"
starts Monday (March 22) and it seems as though the series is ready to hit its stride.
If you stuck with it through season one, you know they were getting there towards the end of that first run, but when we meet back up with the Gregson family this week, their stories begin to unfold right away, and since we already know the characters, there's little time wasted.
About three months has passed since Tara (Toni Collette) left the in-patient treatment center, and though they never did determine the initial cause of her alters, she seems to be doing unusually well. She's on meds, she hasn't "transitioned" in quite a while and there's a skip in her step too.
But of course, all can't stay la-di-da on a series that follows a woman with multiple personalities supposedly brought on by sexual trauma.
Tragedy will strike pretty early on and you'll see it slowly but surely get inside Tara's head.
But there are still good things happening.
Kate (Brie Larson) has graduated from high school -- and that stupid chain restaurant -- and seems to be moving on to bigger and better endeavors (though Nate Corddry as her D-Bag boss will be missed).
Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) is making new friends, as are Tara and Max (John Corbett).
Oh, and Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt) -- despite her dalliance with Neil (Patton Oswalt), who doesn't appear in the premiere, but will rear his adorable head later -- is still dating that handsome dude who has a real job and stuff.
However, look for the addition of Joey Lauren Adams as a local bartender-waitress to really kick start the drama...
"The United States of Tara" premieres Monday, March 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Showtime
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