United States of Tara, The: Starring Toni Collette on January 18, 2009

Oct 1, 2008–“The United States of Tara,” starring Toni Collette, will be shown by Bravo on January 18, 2009.

The half-hour from DreamWorks TV will bow at 10 p.m., following the sixth-season preem of “The L Word” at 9 p.m. The sophomore season opener of British import “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” will follow “Tara” at 11 p.m.

“The United States Tara” revolves around the life of a suburban housewife afflicted with multiple personalities. Series is based on an idea from Steven Spielberg; pilot was penned by Diablo Cody.

In other cable scheduling news, Bravo has set Nov. 12 as the premiere date for the fifth season of “Top Chef.” Martha Stewart, the Foo Fighters and Natasha Richardson are among the special guests who will appear in the latest installment of the nonscripted elimination cookoff, which was shot in New York.