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The Starter Wife: Season 1

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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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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


Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Fantasy Sequences with Commentary by Screenwriters/Executive Producers Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott, Executive Producer/Series Star Debra Messing and Series Star Hart Bochner
  • The Forty Year-Old Virgin Queen Audio Commentary with Screenwriters/Executive Producers Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott, Executive Producer/Series Star Debra Messing and Series Star Hart Bochner


  • Disc 2:
  • Fantasy Sequences with Commentary by Screenwriters/Executive Producers Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott, Executive Producer/Series Star Debra Messing and Series Star Hart Bochner
  • Woman Over the Influence Audio Commentary with Screenwriters/Executive Producers Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott, Executive Producer/Series Star Debra Messing and Series Star Hart Bochner

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Debra Messing, Judy Davis
    • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
    • Run Time: 430 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001PSVHOE
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Starter Wife: Season 1" on IMDb

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    By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I don't understand how anyone would be displeased with the Starter Wife! I just finished watching season two and thanks to Prime it was free. I had no real idea what it was about but was hooked right away because Debra Messing was the lead character and as far away from Will and Grace as you could get. She proved herself in this one. She was funny and sad and hurt and angry and all the emotions played out over the two seasons. After her divorce from a bigshot in the movie business she wanted to 'do it all.' I really enjoyed all the characters and the dialogue was A-1.
    Basically it's a story about a woman trying to be her true and independent self with a lot of other 'stuff' going on with her friends. She is warm like 'Grace;'' loveable like 'Grace' and all the wit and charm you would expect from Debra. If you have PRIME please give this a chance. I don't understand why in the world those who gave the show l or 2 or even 3 stars didn't like it but I've watched many many many (and many more than many) TV series and mini-series and though this isn't going to save the world it takes you away to another life and some great characters. Check it out-you've nothing to lose! Happy Viewing
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    Be sure to watch The Starter Wife (TV MIni-series) before you watch The Starter Wife Season 1....we didn't do it that way and couldn't understand how Season 1 started with flashbacks. When we went back to see the start of it all we thought it might be too dull to go backwards, but it was great too and left us wanting more! My husband even likes this show! We can't wait for another season.
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    I'm not finished with the whole season yet, but it is enjoyable to watch Debra Messing in the earlier television show. Its interesting how she plays basically the same charector in this show as she does in the current "Mysteries of Laura". The episodes of "Starter Wife" seem to me to be slower paced and less interesting than the current show - Makes for a longer hour.
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