Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Summer TelevisionAnyone going to watch The Starter Wife?

Okay, so I said I wouldn't get hooked on anythng for the summer...but I don't want to miss something good, especially if it's a romance! LOL I've been seeing the promo for this on Lifetime and am going to give it a shot. I like Debra Messing. I never watched Will & Grace, but I LOVE The Wedding Date.

This is the TV adaptation of Gigi Levangie Grazer's bestseller THE STARTER WIFE. The six-hour telefilm, which will begin airing on the USA Network on May 31, features Emmy-winning actress Debra Messing (Will & Grace) and Joe Mantegna (Joan of Arcadia).

Messing plays Molly Kagan, a woman who remakes her life after her Hollywood mogul husband dumps her by cell phone. The program is being directed by Jon Avnet, who produced such movie hits as Risky Business and Fried Green Tomatoes.

The following by By MAUREEN RYAN
The Watcher , A Chicago Tribune blog
May 30, 2007

'Starter Wife' kicks of summer-fluff season with style
Now that summer is here, you may be longing for the perfect beach read. But perhaps you don’t have the energy it takes to lift a paperback — and hey, it’s understandable. Some of those bigger tomes on quality paper can be pretty heavy!

Don’t worry, to savor “The Starter Wife” (8 p.m. Thursday, USA Network), an enjoyable chick-lit concoction, you don’t have to lift anything heavier than your TV remote.

This mini-series, which airs for two hours Thursday and has additional episodes on Thursdays in June, is adapted from Gigi Levangie Grazer’s novel of the same name. As adapted by USA, it’s the TV equivalent to a satisfying, entirely inconsequential beach read.

You know the kind of book I mean — the one in which you get to secretly revel in the brand names and luxe lifestyle of the heroine and her friends yet still enjoy the satisfaction of condemning them (just a little) for their frivolous, materialistic lives. The fact that the arrogant, unappreciative men in the book get roughed up (metaphorically speaking) is just an added bonus.

And of course, aside from the Thoughtless Man, there are always one or two Other Guys, who are Not Mean and maybe Better Than That Jerk the heroine made the mistake of committing her life to.

You can stop the song on the slide show underneath this if you want to watch and hear this preview.


  1. I saw a few episodes of "Will & Grace"...more so now with reruns, and think Debra Messing is a great actress. I'll watch the pilot of the show and decide if this will be a summer keeper for me :)

  2. I have the DVR set up in case I miss one of them I will be able catch up. I think it will be a good summer series.

  3. I'll try to catch this show and then will decide if I want to watch. I'm not sure yet how I feel about it.

  4. I will watch this-- has anyone read the book? Also has anyone else caught Army Wives on the lifetime network? I watched it and I am hooked! I was left speechless a couple of times throughout the show-- so good! It is by the same executive producer as Grey's Anatomy.

  5. Thaks for letting me know. I have Army Wives taped, so I will watch it ASAP.