or


[09/13/06 - 12:00 AM]
Emmy-Nominated Jon Avnet Set to Direct the USA Network Television Event Based on Gigi Levangie Grazer Novel 'The Starter Wife'

[via press release from USA]

EMMY-NOMINATED JON AVNET SET TO DIRECT THE USA NETWORK TELEVISION EVENT BASED ON GIGI LEVANGIE GRAZER NOVEL 'THE STARTER WIFE'

Emmy-Award Winner Debra Messing to Star

LOS ANGELES �- September 13, 2006 -� Emmy-nominated Jon Avnet (�Uprising,� �The Burning Bed�) is set to direct and executive produce the USA Network six-hour television event THE STARTER WIFE, it was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president of original programming for USA. Starring Debra Messing (�Will & Grace�), the project is based on the New York Times best-selling 2005 novel (Simon & Schuster) of the same name by author Gigi Levangie Grazer (�Rescue Me,� �Maneater�). 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.

"Jon Avnet is a visionary filmmaker with an incredible track record of high-profile and award-winning projects," said Wachtel. "We are thrilled to have him directing this great project for us.�

"Jon Avnet is a celebrated director with a vast and diverse body of work,� added Messing. �He is smart, passionate about the project, and a real actor's director.�

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.

Avnet began his career in filmmaking after winning a directing fellowship at the American Film Institute. His early success came as a producer with such efforts as �Risky Business,� �The Burning Bed,� �Less Than Zero,� �The Mighty Ducks,� �George of the Jungle,� �When a Man Loves a Woman,� �Men Don�t Leave� and �Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow� among others. Avnet made his directorial debut with the made-for-television drama �Between Two Women� starring Farrah Fawcett and Colleen Dewhurst. He also directed for television the �Boomtown� pilot and the miniseries �The Uprising,� which was nominated for numerous Emmys and Golden Globes. Avnet has also directed many features including �Fried Green Tomatoes,� �The War� and �Up Close and Personal� among others. His work has won or been nominated for multiple Academy, Emmys, Golden Globes and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as Writers Guild of America awards, the Peabody, the Humanitas and CableACE awards. He is in postproduction on �88 minutes,� which he directed and stars Al Pacino. This year Avnet took home a Tony award for best play as producer of �The History Boys.� The prior year, he produced Broadway�s �The Pillowman� and �Spamalot.�

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 having penned "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.





  [september 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


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









[04/27/15 - 02:06 PM]
The Reign of "Thrones" Continues as Premiere Episode Outpaces Previous Season
HBO further spins the numbers for Sunday, April 12.

[04/27/15 - 02:00 PM]
FOX Sports 1 Offers Extended Coverage from Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao Superfight
FOX Sports 1 is on hand at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Broadcast Center throughout fight week, providing extended preview coverage for original studio programs.

[04/27/15 - 01:50 PM]
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy(R) Awards on Pop Become the Network's Most-Watched Live Event in Eight Years
POP spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.

[04/27/15 - 01:10 PM]
Oxygen Media's "The Prancing Elites Project" Dances Into Viewers' Hearts with Highest-Rated Series Premiere Among All Key Demos Since Network Rebrand
Oxygen further spins the numbers for Wednesday, April 22.

[04/27/15 - 12:02 PM]
"Dateline NBC" Sunday Up 33% in Adults 25-54 and Up 38% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.

[04/27/15 - 11:30 AM]
Jonathan Stern and Keith Quinn Announce First Slate of Projects for FOX's Multi-Platform Programming
Highlights include "Filthy Sexy Teen$," a half-hour comedy previously set up at Adult Swim.

[04/27/15 - 11:24 AM]
"The Big Bang Theory" and "Criminal Minds" Are the Week's Top Two Programs in 7-Day DVR Lift Among Both Viewers and Adults 18-49
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of April 6-12.

[04/27/15 - 11:00 AM]
FX Networks Orders Road Comedy Pilot from Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm Starring Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor
The pilot is an honest comedy exploring the adult female friendship of two creative partners as they embark on a cross-country road trip.

[04/27/15 - 10:55 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" Grows for the 2nd Week in a Row to a 6-Week High in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, April 21.

[04/27/15 - 10:44 AM]
The Season Finale of "Scorpion" Posts Monday's Largest Live Plus 3-Day Lift in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
CBS further spins the numbers for Monday, April 20.

[04/27/15 - 10:26 AM]
Live + 7 Day Ratings: TV Playback Boosts ABC's Competitive Rankings
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of April 6-12.

[04/27/15 - 10:08 AM]
Season Five of the Emmy-Award Winning Showtime(R) Drama "Homeland" to Begin Production in Berlin, Germany This Summer
Season five will pick-up two years after Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief.

[04/27/15 - 10:05 AM]
New Season of Cinemax Series "Strike Back" to Debut July 31
Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton star in the action series, which follows a stealth counterterrorism unit as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, often behind enemy lines.

[04/27/15 - 10:05 AM]
Bravo Media Expands Scripted Development Slate with Three New Projects
Additionally, Bravo's first half-hour scripted comedy series, "Odd Mom Out," will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Monday, June 8 at 10:00/9:00c.

[04/27/15 - 10:02 AM]
"Subway Series" on ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" Delivers Double-Digit Ratings Increase
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.