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[08/08/06 - 12:00 AM]
Emmy-Award Winner Debra Messing to Star in the USA Network Television Event Based on Gigi Levangie Grazer Novel "The Starter Wife"

[via press release from USA]

EMMY-AWARD WINNER DEBRA MESSING TO STAR IN THE USA NETWORK TELEVISION EVENT BASED ON GIGI LEVANGIE GRAZER NOVEL "THE STARTER WIFE"

EMMY-AWARD WINNER DEBRA MESSING TO STAR IN THE USA NETWORK TELEVISION EVENT BASED ON GIGI LEVANGIE GRAZER NOVEL "THE STARTER WIFE"

LOS ANGELES, CA � August 8, 2006 � Emmy-award winner Debra Messing is set to star in the USA Network six-hour television event based on the New York Times best-selling 2005 novel The Starter Wife (Simon & Schuster) from author Gigi Levangie Grazer (Rescue Me, Maneater), it was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president of original programming for USA. THE STARTER WIFE will be executive produced by Grazer and penned by the writing team of Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon ("Runaway Bride"), who will also serve as executive producers along with Stephanie Davis ("The Caveman's Valentine") and Howard Klein ("The Office," "Carnivale") from 3 Arts Entertainment. NBC Universal Television Studio is producing. Laurette Hayden, senior vice president of longform programming for USA, will oversee all aspects of the project, which will begin production in Australia in fourth quarter 2006.

"Debra Messing is both a superstar talent and America's sweetheart. Her incredible range and comedic brilliance made her our first and only choice for this role," said Wachtel.

"I am thrilled that the incredibly talented, incredibly versatile Debra Messing is taking on the starring role in THE STARTER WIFE, and I am hoping she will share her wardrobe," said Grazer.

THE STARTER WIFE is a sexy, savvy and wickedly funny tour de force about life after divorce and one woman's (Messing) quest to redefine herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head. With wit, sassy style and cameos of the rich and famous -- and wannabe rich and famous � THE STARTER WIFE tackles the most delicious and dastardly details of a divorce and recovery, Hollywood style, while at the same time being relatable to everyday women.

Messing is best known for her role as interior decorator Grace Adler from "Will & Grace" for which she won the 2003 Emmy and recently earned a 2006 Emmy nomination. Her performance has garnered her four Golden Globe nominations, four Emmy nominations and two American Comedy Award nominations. Messing has also been seen in numerous feature films including "The Wedding Date" opposite Dermot Mulroney, "Along Came Polly" with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, Woody Allen's comedy, "Hollywood Ending," opposite Woody Allen and Tea Leoni, and "The Mothman Prophecies" opposite Richard Gere. She will soon be seen in "Lucky You" alongside Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and "Purple Violets" directed by Edward Burns. Messing was also heard in the animated film "Garfield" and will soon be heard in "Open Season" with Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence.

Grazer worked for eight years developing and writing television shows for legendary network president and producer Fred Silverman. She also wrote the 1998 movie "Stepmom" starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon and has been published in numerous periodicals such as Vogue, People Magazine, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. Her best sellers, Maneater and Rescue Me, have been optioned by Mandalay Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures, respectively. Grazer is currently working on her next novel, a romantic take on high-end divorce set in New York, to be published by Simon and Schuster.

The writing team of Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon are best known for their penmanship on "Runaway Bride" featuring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. More recently, they have been working on the highly anticipated animated movie event "Rapunzel Unbraided" for Walt Disney Animation for Dick Cook and Michael Eisner. McGibbon and Parriott have worked on "Chicken Little" for Disney and "Frankenweenie" for Tim Burton, and have additionally written for Sandra Bullock, Sid Ganis, Tom Shadyac and Sara Colleton. Parriott & McGibbon also wrote the story for "Three Men and a Little Lady." Currently, Stuart Cornfeld of Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films is in development with their script "Staying Power."

Seen in 90 million homes, USA Network is cable television's leading network of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, network shows and blockbuster theatrical films. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.





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· CARNIVALE (HBO)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· STARTER WIFE, THE (USA)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)





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