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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!
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
I LOVE this series......and Debra Messing and the rest of the cast was fabulous as well. I watched Season 1 and 2 when it was on TV and knew that there would not be a season 3,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by everyday8
I love this show. I'v only purchased the 1st season but plan on getting the 2nd. -HollyPublished 5 months ago by Shops2Much
REALLY wished that they had picked this series up! It was getting more and more interesting when they cut it off and dumped it. Great dialogue, and very smart comedy!Published 5 months ago by Jessica Rafka
Really enjoyed this! Clever writing, nice acting and funny! Stephen Moyer alone makes it worth watching again and again. 😊Published 6 months ago by Happy Mom
I'm not finished with the whole season yet, but it is enjoyable to watch Debra Messing in the earlier television show. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JAS
Debra Messing was so good in it as are the other actors.Published 12 months ago by James L. Richardson