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The Starter Wife 

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The ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss restarts her life after their divorce.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Debra Messing ...  Molly Kagan 6 episodes, 2007
Judy Davis ...  Joan McAllister 6 episodes, 2007
Chris Diamantopoulos ...  Rodney 6 episodes, 2007
Peter Jacobson ...  Kenny Kagan 6 episodes, 2007
Stephen Moyer ...  Sam 6 episodes, 2007
Anika Noni Rose ...  Lavender 6 episodes, 2007
Novella Nelson ...  Nana 6 episodes, 2007
Aden Young ...  Jorge Stewart 6 episodes, 2007
Joe Mantegna ...  Lou Manahan 6 episodes, 2007
Bethany Whitmore ...  Jaden 6 episodes, 2007
Brielle Barbusca ...  Jaden Kagan 6 episodes, 2007
Miranda Otto ...  Cricket Stewart 5 episodes, 2007
Trilby Glover ...  Shoshanna 5 episodes, 2007
Gigi Edgley ...  Chloe 5 episodes, 2007
Paul Gleeson ...  Aaron 4 episodes, 2007
John Atkinson John Atkinson ...  Detective Parks 3 episodes, 2007
Julia Blake ...  Mrs. Caldecott 3 episodes, 2007
Jane Hall Jane Hall ...  Sharon 3 episodes, 2007
Kate Kendall ...  Lisa 3 episodes, 2007
Madeleine West ...  Katy 3 episodes, 2007
Rodger Corser ...  Larry Hamill 2 episodes, 2007
Barry Langrishe Barry Langrishe ...  Pappy 2 episodes, 2007
Leah Purcell ...  Hannah Sprints 2 episodes, 2007
Robert Mammone ...  Bob 2 episodes, 2007
Dasi Ruz Dasi Ruz ...  Ana 2 episodes, 2007
Christopher Kirby ...  Detective Smith 2 episodes, 2007
Ursula Brooks ...  Country Club Administrator 2 episodes, 2007
Jerome Ehlers ...  Director 2 episodes, 2007
Bryan Probets ...  Vernon 2 episodes, 2007
Matthew Scully ...  Clarity Harbor Valet 2 episodes, 2007
Leeanna Walsman ...  Sasha 2 episodes, 2007
David Webb David Webb ...  Dr. Peter Hexton 2 episodes, 2007
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The ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss restarts her life after their divorce.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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When Molly and Sam take Jaiden into the surf at the end of the mini series, Sam's shorts are already soaking wet. See more »

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Molly Kagan: Of course I'm cranky, I haven't eaten in 12 years!
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Spoofs Casablanca (1942) See more »

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I Wanna Play
Composed by Anthony Martin and Andrew Cochrane
Lyrics by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott
Performed by Rebecca Leigh Lucas
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Utterly charming, great fun
1 February 2009 | by ducdebrabantSee all my reviews

I love Hollywood insider satires, and this is a great one, with convincing atmosphere and characters. Messing is delicious as a high-functioning Hollywood wife who is dumped by her narcissistic and spoiled movie executive husband after catering to his every need and whim efficiently for years. Needless to say, he's dumping her for a bimbo -- a Britney Spears-ish singer/starlet. In a self-imposed exile in the Malibu home of her oldest friend (Judy Davis), she meets an enigmatic surfer (Stephen Moyer) and has an ambiguous flirtation with her husband's boss, studio head Joe Mantegna. The triangle is very, very satisfying -- you're not quite sure which of these men you want her to end up with, and you like them both.

Dropped instantly by all the grasping, climbing manipulators and their wives, non-person Molly ends up falling back on her core of friends -- the wife of a director whose husband wants her to to drop Molly for tactical reasons, her wealthy dipso friend, and her gay decorator friend (Chris Diamantopoulos, who is broke after having to eat the cost of 12 hideous custom chairs a client insisted upon and then wouldn't pay for). She also becomes friends with the young black woman who works as the Malibu compound's security guard, and her mother. At one point, they all end up holed up in Judy Davis's house, like the treehouse crew in "The Grass Harp." The series is very well directed (by Jon Avnet) and the characters are very sharply drawn. Messing's husband is a monster of selfishness, but not consistently so, and he can't let go his habit of calling on Molly for (now inappropriate) favors. There isn't a line or a bit of business that Messing doesn't play to the hilt. Again and again Molly demonstrates the resourcefulness and elan that makes her husband such a fool for ditching her. There's a scene where she catches a cricket her husband has assigned his executive assistant to remove from the house (until she locates the annoying insect, she can't attend her grandfather's 80th birthday party) in no time flat that was particularly piquant.

This is a woman's story, but I think a lot of men will appreciate the sardonic portrait of a materialistic and phony Hollywood milieu, and I don't know how anybody could not want to look at all these gorgeous residences.


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