[05/03/07 - 01:04 PM]
Emmy Winner Debra Messing Stars in the USA Network Television Event 'The Starter Wife'
The network further details the mini-series, which also stars Judy Davis, Joe Mantegna, Miranda Otto and Anika Noni Rose.

[via press release from USA]


Judy Davis, Joe Mantegna, Miranda Otto and Anika Noni Rose also star in the Six-Hour Television Event; Based on Gigi Levangie Grazer�s Best Seller

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 3, 2007 - Emmy Award winning actress Debra Messing stars in THE STARTER WIFE, a sexy, savvy and wickedly funny tour de force, premiering on USA Network on Thursday, May 31 at 9p/8c through Thursday, June 28. This six-hour television event is directed by Jon Avnet (�Fried Green Tomatoes�) and features Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee Judy Davis (�Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow�), Tony winner and Emmy winner Joe Mantegna (�Joan of Arcadia�), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (�Dreamgirls�), Miranda Otto (�Lord of the Rings�), Peter Jacobson (�As Good As It Gets�), Stephen Moyer (�Quills�), Aden Young (�The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course�) and Chris Diamantopoulos (�Boston Legal�). THE STARTER WIFE is about life after divorce and one woman�s quest to redefine herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head. POND'S�, the anti-aging skin care line that gives women the �beauty edge,� is the exclusive presenting sponsor of the six-hour television event.

THE STARTER WIFE, based on The New York Times best-selling Simon & Schuster novel from author Gigi Levangie Grazer ("Rescue Me," "Maneater"), features Messing as Molly Kagan, who after being blacklisted from premieres to pilates, searches to find life after divorce from her Hollywood mogul husband. A brief respite in Malibu and some oh-so-Hollywood friends prove to be the perfect cocktail for her transformation from "Starter Wife� to her new life.

Director Jon Avnet has directed and produced more than 50 motion pictures and television movies over the last 25 years, from box office hits like �Risky Business� and �Fried Green Tomatoes� to the critically acclaimed �Uprising,� �The Burning Bed,� and �Heatwave� for television. His work has won or been nominated for multiple Oscars�, Emmys, Golden Globes�, Directors Guild of America awards, as well as Writers Guild of America awards, the Peabody, the Humanitas and CableACE awards. Last year, he produced the Tony Award winning �Spamalot,� �The Pillowman,� and Andrew Lloyd Webber�s �The Woman in White.� He is most recently involved as a producer in the Broadway revival of �Inherit the Wind� starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy.

THE STARTER WIFE is penned by Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon, which marks their first foray together into television. Parriott & McGibbon are well known for their hit movie �Runaway Bride,� starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. In addition, Parriott & McGibbon scripted �The Favor� starring Brad Pitt and Elizabeth McGovern (which they also co-produced), �Three Men and a Little Lady� and the adaptation of the novel �Worth Winning,� starring Mark Harmon. In the animation world, Parriott & McGibbon�s penned Disney�s hit �Chicken Little� and continue their relationship with Disney Feature Animation having written �Rapunzel Unbraided� and �Frankenweenie,� an adaptation of Tim Burton�s 1984 live action short, which Burton is in negotiations to direct.

Gigi Levangie Grazer, real-life wife of Imagine Entertainment co-owner and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, published her first novel, �Rescue Me,� in June 2000, followed three years later by �Maneater,� in June 2003. Her next book, �The Starter Wife,� was published in June 2005 and recently, Grazer completed her fourth book, �Queen Takes King,� which is set to hit bookshelves in September of this year. Simon & Schuster has published all four of Grazer�s novels. In addition, Grazer has written four feature films including the screenplay �Stepmom� for Columbia Pictures, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Up next, Grazer is set to write the romantic comedy �Prodigal Son� for Universal and Imagine Entertainment.

THE STARTER WIFE is executive produced by Grazer and penned by the writing team of Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon ("Runaway Bride"), who also serve as executive producers along with Stephanie Davis ("The Caveman's Valentine") and Howard Klein ("The Office," "Carnivale") from 3 Arts Entertainment. THE STARTER WIFE is produced by Hay Pop Pty Limited in association with McGibbon/Parriott Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment, for NBC Universal Television Studio.

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 basic cable network across the board for 2006, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. 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.

  [may 2007]  


[10/26/16 - 03:23 PM]
Lifetime Partners with "The View" for Primetime Event Program, "The View Live Election Special"
The special will feature "The View's" co-hosts from their set with a live studio audience, election-themed Hot Topics, interactive election activities and up-to-the-minute results from key battleground states.

[10/26/16 - 02:01 PM]
Freeform Says Farewell to "Pretty Little Liars" with an Exclusive One-Hour Tell-All Following the Series Finale
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, as well as executive producer I. Marlene King, will sit down for an hour long unbarred and uncensored tell-all after show.

[10/26/16 - 01:31 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Poster and New "Presidential" Teaser for Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Special
On election night, Colbert will be reacting in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in, making it the perfect election night destination for people who want to see all the latest news, without actually having to watch the news.

[10/26/16 - 12:45 PM]
New Comedy "The Mick," Starring Kaitlin Olson, to Premiere Sunday, January 1, After NFL Doubleheader, on FOX
The series will then regularly air Tuesday nights following "New Girl."

[10/26/16 - 11:42 AM]
Samantha Bee Interviews Her First Male President, Barack Obama
Said installment of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Monday, October 31 at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
Starz Adds Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco to Spy Thriller "Counterpart"
The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist also stars Oscar(R) winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
Weinstein Television's Epic Scripted Event Series "Waco," Lands on Spike TV
Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
"Broad City" Original Series Soundtrack Available Friday, October 28 via Milan Records in Association with Comedy Central Records
The album artwork and packaging is designed by artist Mike Perry, who is also the creator of the animated show opener for "Broad City," and features an insert with spliff-rolling instructions.

[10/26/16 - 10:23 AM]
The CW Gets Into the Spirit with Its Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Specials
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, "Terry Crews Saves Christmas," for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20.

[10/26/16 - 10:09 AM]
WGN America's Hit Supernatural Thriller "Salem" Returns Halloween Week Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
In advance of the premiere, the network released a riveting new trailer featuring a gruesome twist on "Cats Cradle."

[10/26/16 - 09:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
The network's coverage is up more than 17% among adults 18-49 from last year.

[10/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Begins Production on New "Muppet Babies" Series, Slated to Debut in Early 2018
Geared towards kids 4-7, each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe.

[10/26/16 - 09:00 AM]
Esquire Network Teams Up with Nick Offerman and the Movember Foundation to Throw a "'Stache Bash" to Raise Awareness of Men's Health
Take a look at Nick chatting about moustaches and tune in to the marathon to see the best of the beards and flavor savers.

[10/26/16 - 08:56 AM]
Travel Channel Says Week of December 25 Is the Perfect Time for a "Chill-cation"
Travel Channel's favorite experts and explorers - Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Don Wildman, Andrew Zimmern and Zak Bagans - will lead ultimate chilly escapes with ice-themed episodes of the network's most popular series.

[10/26/16 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Brings You "Home for the Holidays" with Series and Specials from Thanksgiving Through the New Year
Highlights include new seasons of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and the re-monikered "The Great American Baking Show."