In Bravo’s first venture in scripted original series they seem draw a lot of inspiration from ‘Sex and The City.’ The series is inspired by the Girlfriends’ Guide books by Vicki Iovine, the story focuses on Abby, a self-help author whose image as the perfect wife and mother is tarnished when she reveals she’s splitting from husband Jake. It’s up to her divorced friends to help her through the ups and downs. I managed to hear from lead; Lisa Edelstein who plays Abby and Marti Noxon the series developer.
What was it about the premise of this show in general and about your character in particular that blew your skirt up and why do you want to do this?
Lisa Edelstein: I love it, you blew my skirt up. It did actually. You talked to me during House so, that was seven years of playing a very balanced woman. I mean from clothing to her ability to respond to things. So it was really exciting when Marti sent me the script because, here with the woman who seemingly had it all together and was actually falling apart. All the scenes were opening and I really looked forward to being able to explore that and I love that it’s funny and dramatic at the same time. It’s so smart and Marti is an amazing boss, so that was also a plus. But she’s right here so I have to say that.
Marti Noxon: She really has to say that, I’m staring daggers at her.
Yes, well I was going to ask Marti, knowing that Lisa’s on the line, what was it about her that made her right for this part in your eyes. I mean obviously she’s wonderful but – but still.
Marti Noxon: Well, you know, I said the first time I saw Lisa on House, I had an instant girl crush. She just radiates, not only beauty but intelligence and also confidence. And I just – she’s a rare actor so, she was the first person I sent the script to of anybody of course.
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 and Ryan Murphy on Glee on her way to crafting Girlfriends’ Guide. “In Episode 2, I basically wrote the thesis statement — the Delia character just lays it out there. She’s like, ‘Look. How long, in the span of history, have women had the capacity to have more power in their relationship than men?’ It’s a sliver, a moment, right? And we have no handbook. Men don’t know how to deal with it. Women don’t know how to deal with it.”
Loosely based on the Girlfriends’ Guide book series by Noxon’s co-executive producer Vicki Iovine (former wife of music impresario Jimmy Iovine) and informed by Noxon’s own experiences as a 40-something divorcée, the 13-episode series is an unflinching, often moving examination of the myriad ways modern men and women relate to one other within — and without — the bonds of marriage. And if you’re willing to check your knee-jerk sensitivities at the door, there’s therapy to be had here … in abundance.
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.
The cast also includes Alanna Ubach (Hung), Beau Garrett (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) and Necar Zadegan (Emily Owens M.D.).
Abby’s WWHL appearance in the clip below, which was shot as part of an online campaign for the series, takes place two weeks before the events of the first episode.
The Hollywood Reporter December issue featured a small clipping on GG2D. Enjoy the HQ scans!
Editorial Shoots > Magazines > Scans from 2014 > The Hollywood Reporter – December 5, 2014
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA) (Nasdaq:CMCSK) & the cast of Bravo Media’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of the show’s premiere on December 2, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
In honor of the occasion, stars Lisa Edelstein, Paul Adelstein, Beau Garrett and creator and executive producer Marti Noxonwill ring the Closing Bell.
Where: Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio
When: Friday, November 21, 2014 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET