The Starter Wife: Season 1
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So, while Rodney and Joan have affairs with actors--one in the closet, the other in recovery--Molly turns to screenwriting and a possible no-strings fling of her own. Fantasy sequences parodying hits like The Godfather and Body Heat represent her deepest fears. If the show's sole season gets off to a shaky start, it finds its footing once the central trio becomes more fully rounded and relatable Though the rest of the year doesn't hit the same comedic heights as Will and Grace, Messing still comes on like a modern-day Rosalind Russell and The Starter Wife makes for light and frothy fun. In their commentary on two episodes, producers Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriot discuss the changes between the series and the miniseries, like the disappearance of Miranda Otto’s Cricket (just as Jacobson joined the cast of House, she joined the short-lived Cashmere Mafia). McGibbon, Parriot, Messing, and Bochner also comment on the 10 fantasy sequences. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The supporting cast of Judy Davis, Joe Mantegna, Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), and Peter Jacobson (Transformers & the Lost Room)mesh with Messing. Mantegna best scene is hom in drag-DONT MISS IT
On the whole, the mini series, which is based upon the novel by Hollywood Wife Gigi Levangie Grazer, the wife of Producer/director Brian Grazer, is a great story. It ranks up there will Jackie Collins's Hollywood series of books and movies
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
Excellent, Smart, Sophisticated, Entertaining!!
Debra Messing stars as a newly divorced wife of a (once) powerful Hollywood mogul who has fallen off his golden pedestal. The show is delicious social satire, set in the excesses of uber-rich Hollywood, but the themes apply to any society - friendship, honesty, loyalty, decency, contrasted with social climbing, backstabbing, greed, jealously and posturing. It all takes place in the wealthy stratosphere of Hollywood society, so you can count on gorgeous sets, cars and clothes and dreamy California scenery. Messing is hilarious, moving, and refreshing as the lead, and she has a wonderful supporting cast.
Messing's husband was played brilliantly by Peter Jacobson in the mini-series, perfectly cast as a nebbishy, self-serving jerk. He left Starter Wife for a role in House and is sorely missed in Season 1. The show is still great fun. Highly recommended to all.
Definitely watch the miniseries first. It is excellent and is an essential part of the story line.
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I love Debra Messing's every movie . She always does an amazing job and she did it again in the Starter Wife. I highly recommend watching this show. Enjoy!Published 1 month ago by Irinela
Read the book and when I went to get it on audio (to play in my car) I found out there was a special with Debra Messing. I received it on Amazon and enjoyed it immensely. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sheila proctor
Love Debra Messing. She can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. Entertaining and fun to watch.Published 4 months ago by Joyce Feinberg
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