Bravo teased their first original scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce at the Television Critics Association’s summer session. Series creator and producer Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was present along with stars Lisa Edelstein (House), Paul Adelstein (Private Practice), Beau Garrett (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) and Necar Zadegan (Emily Owens, MD). The series is based on the “Girlfriends’ Guide” book by Vicki Iovine and follows Abby McCarthy, (Edelstein) a self-help author, who tells all those around her that her “perfect life” has all been a lie. Abby is completely falling apart after separating from her husband, Jake (Adelstein), and is trying to figure out how to live her new life as a single woman in her 40s. She turns to a group of new divorced friends for advice and life lessons, including Lyla (Janeane Garafalo), who is an entertainment layer and dealing with an ex-husband of her own and his new girlfriend.
Creator Marti Noxon is “so excited to be Bravo’s first scripted show.” She said that the show wasn’t based on her life exactly, but there were some instances that were taken from her own experience as well as those of her friends. She did say that “ironically on my drive over here I got a call saying that I’d paid my last alimony.”
The one and only Carrie Fisher guest stars on the show, with Edelstein saying that “she is so wonderful and she has such an enriched life that talking to her can be sort of intimidating.”
Noxon added that Adelstein’s character ends up sleeping with a CW star, as opposed to a younger woman, and created a fictitious show called “Blood Sisters,” where one sister is a vampire slayer and the other a vampire. I mean, when is she pitching that show to the CW for real!!!
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce premieres Tuesday Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.
Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive trailer below:
BRAVO SYNOPSIS: Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein, “House”), a self-help book author and guru of all things family, who shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie. After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein, “Private Practice”), America’s once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby turns to her new divorced friends, rather than her married ones, for advice. Her friend Lyla (Janeane Garofalo, “Reality Bites”) is a legendary no-nonsense entertainment lawyer who is in a constant ‘War of the Roses’ battle with her ex-husband, and Phoebe (Beau Garrett, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) is a former model and budding entrepreneur who has a very unique relationship with her ex. Meanwhile, a rival attorney at Lyla’s firm, Delia (Necar Zadegan, “Emily Owens, MD”), is hired as Abby’s divorce attorney, and begins to cause a rift between the girlfriends.
Abby is on a journey of self-discovery as she attempts to salvage her career, get back in the dating game and figure out her new identity as a single woman. As she hits the reset button on her life, she embarks on startling adventures and mishaps along the way, including her first post-marriage hook-up, a blog post gone horribly wrong and a Vegas trip that leads to some unexpected complications. And, while in the process of trying and failing to have the “perfect divorce,” Abby ultimately questions whether her marriage is worth saving.
CAST: The series also stars Patrick Heusinger (“Royal Pains”), J. August Richards (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), C. Thomas Howell (“The Outsiders”), Julianna Guill (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”), Michael Weaver (“The Joe Schmo Show”) and Charles Mesure (“Desperate Housewives”). The pilot also includes a cameo by Carrie Fisher as Abby’s book editor, Cat.
Inspired by the “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is produced by Universal Cable Productions with Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), who wrote the pilot, Vicki Iovine and Meryl Poster serving as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Adam Brooks. Robert Duncan McNeill (“666 Park Avenue,” “Chuck”) serves as producing director for the series.
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