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This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Reality-centric cable networks have had trouble classing up their slates with scripted series. But the Dec. 2 bow of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce could be a validation of the pricey strategy. Read more 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce's' Lisa Edelstein on Losing Control in Bravo's First Scripted Series Guide delivered a solid 1.4 million viewers in its debut week. More important, perhaps, were the strong reviews. "It's a very different business model," says NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment president of lifestyle networks Frances Berwick, who also
- Michael O'Connell
As the holiday season rolls around, EW got around to asking film and television stars about the movies they like to watch around the holidays. We learned many things about stars' holiday viewing choices, like how depressingly enjoyable Alex Borstein finds the Charlie Brown movies, and how Amber Tamblyn enjoys an annual viewing of The Big Lebowski. Also, Lisa Edelstein does not like holidays! Girlfriends' Guide to Divorcing Holiday Movies is more like it, right? »
- Teresa Jue
Last Night’s Girlfriends Guide to Divorce was called “Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour.” You know, like lawyers. Or your dominatrix. Or a lawyer who knows your dominatrix. But we’ll get to that in a bit. • Related: Lisa Edelstein and Marti Noxon talk Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Bravo! What the episode is really about is a trifecta of issues only too familiar to those of us who’ve gone through divorce — lawyering up, dividing the dollars, and when standing up for yourself blurs into revenge. And to the show’s credit, it addresses all three with a … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
In the second installment, the duo will return to the states to explore American subjects like beauty, holidays, sports, law and order.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Merlin alum Bradley James will star in Lifetime’s Damien, a new drama series that picks up where the horror film The Omen left off. The actor will play the mysterious child from the 1976 classic who has grown up unaware of the satanic forces around him, our sister site Deadline reports. »
--Heidi Klum presenting a check for a $25,000 donation on behalf of Sharper Image at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Tree Lighting Ceremony in L.A. --Jessica Alba applying her favorite Youngblood crème blush in Taffeta on the set of her new movie Resurrection in Thailand. --Magic icon Criss Angel handing out $100 bills to tip the staff at Shrine nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Ct. --Funny gal Sarah Silverman performing at gun safety concert Fun Lovers Unite! in Echo Park, Calif. --House costars Jesse Spencer, Amber Tamblyn, and Lisa Edelstein [...] »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: December 2, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Lisa Edelstein, Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett, Alanna Ubach, Necar Zadegan, Paul Adelstein, J. August Richards, C. Thomas Howell, Julianna Guill, Michael Weaver, and Charles Mesure.
TV show description:
Inspired by the Girlfriends' Guide book series by Vicki Iovine, this scripted series follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author and guru of all things family. She shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie.
After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein), America's once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby »
Hear this, Housewives: Bravo broke into the scripted drama game Tuesday night with Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, a sometimes breezy, sometimes brutal series about the demise of a self-help guru’s marriage.
In a moment, we want to know what you think about House alum Lisa Edelstein’s latest gig. But first, a brief recap:
Edelstein plays Abby McCarthy, author of a series of get-it-girl! books in which she uses her own life as examples of how to have a happy marriage, family, etc. (The program, executive-produced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Marti Noxon, is loosely based on Vicky Iovine’s Girlfriends’ Guide series. »
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Review
Bravo‘s first foray into original programming, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, is, for good or ill, possibly the safest bet in the history of television. It will probably sound a bit like an insurmountable negative, but the show seems almost to have been created by compiling information from a series of Facebook polls delivered to Bravo‘s target demographic.
Leaving aside the fact that we don’t want to include marital status in our ratings information, the show’s bullet points feel more like a wishlist than a synopsis. Snarky women in a position to do a lot of man-bashing while drinking a lot of wine. Check. Less than fantastically attractive men who act stupid, immature, and generally in such a way that we can refer to them with the pejorative version of “men.” Check. Fantastically attractive men that we can “move on to.” Check. »
- Marc Eastman
Did you know that the perfect peoples' lives are never quite as perfect as they seem? And that some people who make a living promoting lifestyle brands are often themselves simply husks performing a happy life while their interiors rot from artificiality? I did know, partially because I'm a cynical monster and partially because, well, look around. This whole stupid world is full of quiet (and often not quiet) desperation, and often the most desperate are the most ostentatious about seeming happy. People who want to tell you what's wrong in your life are trying to sell you something, and you don't have to have seen every Mad Men to know that people trying that hard to sell you something are probably trying to sell it to themselves. Abby (Lisa Edelstein), our heroine on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, does not have the perfect life she claims to have in her »
- Margaret Lyons
Chances are, your TV has had an intimate, decades-long affair with Marti Noxon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel. Mad Men. Grey’s Anatomy. Glee. Prison Break. Noxon has written and/or produced episodes of all of them, which she says prepared her well for her latest gig: creator, writer and executive producer of Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
“Especially now that we’re both doing such different things, we’re always like, »
Can you believe it's been exactly 10 years since House premiered?! Well the o.g. House goddess herself Lisa Edelstein is back on TV tonight, on a show that could not be more different, but shares one key thing in common: It will suck you right in. Also, Hugh Laurie is in it. Just kidding. But you should watch anyway. Bravo's Girlfriends Guide to Divorce is the network's first real foray into the scripted realm, and whether you are a fan of Bravo's usual fare or not (no judgments either way!), there's a good chance you will love it. The dramedy—which also stars Janeane Garofalo, Paul Adelstein and has guest stars like Carrie Fisher, Laverne Cox and C. »
Lisa Edelstein is guiding Bravo into television's scripted arena. The House alum stars in the cabler's Marti Noxon dramedy Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce as Abby McCarthy, a middle-aged self-help author who has recently separated from her stay-at-home-dad husband (Private Practice favorite Paul Adelstein). When she turns to her divorced friends Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) and Phoebe (Beau Garrett) for advice, she struggles to find the best way to be single again. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Edelstein to talk about what drew her to the show, her take on the show's controversy and why she doesn't watch any of Bravo's signature Real Housewives franchise. But
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
We're on the set of Bravo's first scripted series, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.
The show has been described as being reminiscent of Sex and the City, but with a few differences: It's set in sunny L.A. and focuses on a group of divorced women. Star Lisa Edelstein, who starred on House for seven seasons, takes the comparison as a compliment.
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"Sex and the City was a great show, and how awesome if we're being compared to them," she said.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce follows recently separated best-selling self-help book author Abby McCarthy (Edelstein), who takes advice from her married and divorced friends as she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s. Though it may feel like Sex and the City, you won't be seeing its characters obsessing over cosmos or Jimmy Choos.
"There's some really heartfelt, painful moments »
Lisa plays fictional self-help author Abby McCarthy, who life gets even more complicated when the secret of her collapsing marriage (estranged hubby Jake is played by "Private Practice's" Paul Adelstein) is revealed to the public.
"In the pilot, she's absolutely in the closet about her marriage falling apart," Lisa said during Access Hollywood's recent visit to the show's Vancouver set. "That's her biggest challenge, is that there are whispers going on at school. They know something's wrong. ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Given that Bravo’s reality shows don’t always scream “quality,” expanding its brand into the scripted arena presented a formidable challenge — one the network has deftly tackled, without deviating much from its niche, with “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” In a sense, this first fictional (admittedly, anyway) drama represents a flip side to “The Starter Wife,” offering a jaundiced view of L.A. and the challenges of marriage. With Lisa Edelstein at its center and a solid supporting cast that includes Paul Adelstein and Janeane Garofalo, the network has impressively found a way to credibly join the drama-producing ranks with an unreal housewife.
Immediately establishing both Edelstein’s Abby McCarthy as a self-help guru, as well as the benefits of synergy among NBC Universal properties, the character is introduced yukking it up with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on “Today,” plugging her latest book about how married women can sustain the magic of matrimony. »
- Brian Lowry
Are you ready for a whole new breed of Bravolebrity?The network is branching out from its incredibly popular reality shows for something scripted, bringing fans a different kind of housewife."Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," Bravo's first foray into scripted television, is an adaptation of Vicki Iovine's series of "Girlfriends' Guide" books ... and follows Abby, a self-help guru who hits the reset button on her life after a very public separation from her husband.toofab's Anna Kachikyan was at the red carpet premiere for the new show, where she talked with stars Lisa Edelstein, Beau Garrett, Necar Zadegan, Alanna Ubach and creator Marti Noxon about what sets this series apart from other dramas out there ... and what it's like to become a "Bravolebrity.""I certainly get to use more of me in Abby than any other part I've ever had in my life," says Edelstein of her role. "When you're a supporting character, »
- tooFab Staff
Andy Cohen’s got the 411 on the bubbly lead of Bravo’s new drama, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce — and we’ve got some exclusive footage of the Watch What Happens Live host sitting down with Lisa Edelstein’s Abby McCarthy.
Girlfriends’ Guide, which premieres next Tuesday (10/9c) follows Abby, a self-help author who publicly separates from her “perfect” husband (Private Practice‘s Paul Adelstein) and starts her life over as a single woman.
Abby’s Wwhl appearance in the clip below, »
As Bravo preps to launch its first scripted endeavor in “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” Marti Noxon and her cast could not have been more excited to talk about the show at its premiere Tuesday night at the Ace Hotel’s United Artists Theater in Downtown L.A.
The project is not just a first for Bravo, best known for its reality series — it’s also a first for Noxon. Though her name appears in credits for hits including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Glee” and “Mad Men,” “Girlfriends’ Guide” is the first series with her name under the bill of “creator.”
“It just feels a little bit like a dream come true,” said Noxon. “How often do you get to write about real women with work problems and family problems, and they’re not a doctor or a lawyer or a cop?”
The series follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help »
- Shelli Weinstein
How you relate to Bravo’s new Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will likely depend not on how you feel about The Big D itself, but how you feel about your own romantic connections — or lack thereof. And that’s just how the show’s creator Marti Noxon intended it. “For me, this show is much more about what it’s like to be men and women right now — and right now it’s really complicated,” says Noxon, who took over for Joss Whedon as showrunner on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then worked with Shonda Rhimes on Private Practice, Matthew Weiner on Mad Men … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
An advertisement for Bravo's new series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” has been banned from city buses and subways in Los Angeles and New York because it was considered “inappropriate,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The print ad (shown below) features the show's lead actress Lisa Edelstein holding up her ring finger — as she might her middle finger — with the tag line, “Go Find Yourself.” See photos: 11 TV Shows Canceled by Controversy - From 'Honey Boo Boo' to 'Politically Incorrect' Dom Camera & Company, a New York-based advertising agency which acts as Bravo's out-of-home media buyer, submitted the ad. »
- Anita Bennett
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