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The Starter Wife: Season 1

Debra Messing , Judy Davis  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Debra Messing, Judy Davis
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Starter Wife: Season 1" on IMDb

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Drawing from her years in Hollywood, Gigi Lavangie Grazer, wife of producer Brian Grazer, penned The Starter Wife, which inspired the limited series that launched this USA Network dramedy. Author Molly Kagan (Will and Grace's Debra Messing) continues to forge a new life for herself after her divorce from Kenny (David Alan Basche, taking over from Ken Jacobson), a studio exec. In between petty battles with the high-powered wives who disdain her less affluent lifestyle and attempts to get back into the publishing game, the designer-clad mom pals around with Joan (Emmy winner Judy Davis), a recovering alcoholic, and Rodney (Chris Diamantopoulos), an interior designer. Her social circle expands when she befriends Liz (Danielle Nicolet), a pathologically possessive pitcher's spouse, and Zach (Hart Bochner), a writing instructor and possible love interest... if only Molly hadn't sworn off men.

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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On the designer heels of the hit miniseries nominated for ten Primetime Emmy Awards comes Season One of the stylish series The Starter Wife available on DVD! Primetime Emmy Award nominee Debra Messing returns as Hollywood ex-wife Molly Kagen, who must reinvent her life and take on new challenges as a single mom in Tinseltown. Supported by her friends – played by an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Judy Davis (returning in her Primetime Emmy Award-winning role), David Alan Basche and Chris Diamantopoulos – and motivated by her skills as a writer, Molly learns to say “I do” to her new world. Gigi Levangie Grazer, author of the New York Times bestselling novel on which the miniseries was based, returns as an executive producer on The Starter Wife, the funny and uplifting show that has viewers cheering for Molly to make it in Hollywood!

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing Messing August 29, 2007
You must forget Will & Grace when you watch the Starter Wife. Kiss Grace goodbye, this aint her. Messing shows how she can take the lead and keep this mini series moving. She plays an ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss starts her life after her divorce

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
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Series July 5, 2007
This show wasn't mindblowing and it wasn't super original, but it had heart, something I think is missing from TV today. It surprised me that I could sit and just get lost in this show and its quirky characters. Debra Messing is a great actress and I love the fact that Anika Noni Rose played the security guard for the community. If you haven't seen this show in it's original network run, please pick up a copy or rent it from Netflix. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can a guy review this without choking? September 19, 2007
Sure. It's not bad. This is not a show I'd would have considered on my own or even remembered to watch. My wife was watching & I stopped for a moment & stayed because Debra Messing is so excellent- fashion, comedy & drama. It's not marketed to us 50+ males but is a perfect, summer mini-series. It went to dvd pretty quick in case you missed it. I'd recommend it. Debra's scenes with Joe Montegna are the best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Television at it's best!! May 3, 2009
Debra Messing and supporting cast/ensemble cast is absolutely stunning in this romantic comedy about a woman who faces her life after realizing she was just a "starter wife" for her up and coming famous husband. As he moves on to younger and more beautiful women, she must learn to adjust and eventually flower into who she really is.

Excellent, Smart, Sophisticated, Entertaining!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfule series April 17, 2009
The Starter Wife Season 1 was a hoot! Love Debra Messing and the way she interacts with other characters. I do wish all of the characters from the miniseries had returned as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHICK FLICK? December 27, 2007
I missed this movie when it was on TV, so I made my husband rent it. He said "oh no, not another chick flick!" He deceided to watch it with me, and guess what, he loved it and said it was one the of the funniest chick flicks he ever said.....he he he
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cream-puff of a miniseries October 25, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed "The Starter Wife," even though it isn't the type of show I usually watch. It was a delight -- lots of chuckles, with enough serious subject matter to keep it from being a dramatized version of the Shopping Channel. Deborah Messing is perfect as the "starter wife" who's dumped by her studio honcho husband and thinks her life is over. Not so -- a new life is just beginning. Messing and her small coterie of loyal friends are great, and the hunk she finds on the beach is a feast for the eyes. The miniseries is great fun, guaranteed to bring a smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful treat - Messing is terrific! September 20, 2009
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I loved the miniseries and thought I would have to be content with just those 6 episodes, so I was thrilled to see a whole other season of terrific characters, stories and sets.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show!
This is an awesome show...too bad it was cancelled after its first season, would have loved to have seen what happened during season two!
Published 5 hours ago by Felipe Arroyo, Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars This show was very captivating
I couldn't stop watching it, I watched both seasons in two days. Very Awesome, wish there was a third season.
Published 1 day ago by Kaleena M. Regnier
1.0 out of 5 stars A stupid chick flick
Debra Messing has no acting skills and the script is just unoriginal and just as mindless as daytime soaps . Trash.
Published 2 days ago by Z.M.Jamison
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
Great acting and characters! A lot of fun to watch and forget the rest of the world. If this was not a series, it would have made a great movie.
Published 3 days ago by Lisa A Lasfargues
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mini series
I love Debra Messing as an actress and was not expecting a mini series when I ordered this (I should have read the description better) but was pleasantly surprised when I watched... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Veronica V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Debra Messing shines
I watched all the episodes on my Amazon Prime, which I thought only included the free two day shipping. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sarah S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast
Great cast and great plot line - really funny sitcom about the neuvo-riche of Hollywood studios star system and the mess they canmake of their lives.
Published 5 days ago by Mary J
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Couldn't make it through the first episode. Not awful, but not good. Nothing truly interesting happens, just a lot of super cheesy interactions with possible love interests.
Published 6 days ago by Kaley Ingram
4.0 out of 5 stars The Starter Wife Season 1
It's entertaining without being overly dramatic, cheesy or predictable like most shows these days. I didn't care too much for the first episode, but I'm glad I kept watching it,... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, witty, fun
Love this series! Highly recommend for fun watching! I watched the entire season back to back. It was like a book I couldn't put down!
Published 7 days ago by Love to Laugh
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