We’ve been hearing talk about Bravo adding scripted series to their lineup for some time now. We first heard about Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce last April, when Bravo announced it among three scripted projects in development. Since missing their original goal of 4th quarter 2013 for a scripted launch, Bravo execs have spoken out about why they are taking things slow–you only get one chance at a first impression, after all. Here’s Bravo President Frances Berwick on the subject:
“It has felt to you guys like this is a long, drawn out process. And note, I feel it’s a long, drawn out process compared to the speed in which we can go with reality. For us, it’s not about doing it. It’s about going into scripted right because it’s totally on brand and we think our audience will love it. I would say we’re getting closer.”
Well, yesterday, we got an update about just how close we really are to seeing a scripted project on Bravo! Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, about a newly single woman as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, has been greenlit for 13 hour-long episodes. The series will make its debut sometime in 2015, so we’re still a ways off, but we do have a lot more detail about what–and who–we can expect to see.
Based on the best-selling “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine, the series follows Abby, played by Lisa Edelstein (“House”), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband, as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. She finds herself seeking advice from her divorced friends, instead of her married ones which leads to some unexpected and life-changing experiences. The series also stars Janeane Garofalo (“Reality Bites”) as Lyla, Abby’s friend, a divorcee and legendary no- nonsense entertainment lawyer and Beau Garrett (“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) as Phoebe, a recent divorcee and former model who is still close to her ex. Paul Adelstein (“Private Practice”) stars in the pilot as Abby’s husband and Carrie Fisher made a cameo as Abby’s book editor Cat. The pilot was directed by Adam Brooks.
“’Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ offers a fresh take on women tackling life after divorce with the help of their girlfriends,” says Andrew Wang, Vice President of Scripted Development and Production, Bravo. “For our first scripted show, we wanted something that was sophisticated, funny and honest. We’re thrilled to have the talented Marti Noxon breaking this new ground with Bravo.”
“Everybody knows this was all an elaborate scheme to get myself on ‘Watch What Happens Live!,’ said Marti Noxon. “Seriously, I can’t thank everyone enough at Bravo and Universal Cable Productions for making Girlfriends’ something special. I am confident that Lisa is going to be TV’s next girl crush; she’s certainly mine.”