If you’re a fan of Bravo’s first foray into scripted TV, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, you’re about to be in for quite the treat. Bravo just renewed the show through Season 5.
Bravo confirmed to CinemaBlend today that the comedy/drama was renewed, all at once, for a whopping three seasons. Bravo’s faith in the series was certainly helped by the February 23 Season 2 finale, which was the most watched episode of the season, drawing in 1.2 million viewers. The show debuted in December 2014.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce centers around Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help author who’s facing an impending divorce from her husband Jake Novak (Paul Adelstein), a director who’s only seen a limited amount of success and has mostly lived in Abby’s more prosperous professional shadow. Abby is left to face single life in her 40s in Los Angeles with the help of her friends Phoebe (Beau Garrett), Delia (Necar Zadegan) and Jo (Alanna Ubach). The series is based on the “Girfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine, which began in 1995.
The show has set itself apart from Bravo’s other offerings, not just in being the network’s first original scripted program, but also in being one of their most critically acclaimed shows, with many critics noting how the quality of the show is above and beyond that of the reality shows on the channel. Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce has been called a “nuanced, poignant tale,” "a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking” story and “a smart, solid examination of just how messy relationships are.”
Lead Lisa Edelstein has seen her work on the show praised as well. Her portrayal of Abby has been called “commanding and nurturing” and is known for giving a “sympathetic” performance of a woman in the delicate situation of starting a large part of her life over at a time when she thought she’d be much more settled.
It’s no surprise that Lisa Edelstein has helped draw audiences to Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. As Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy on the FOX show, House, Edelstein was known for her tough, smart, powerful portrayal of the by-the-book hospital administrator with a tangled history with one of her doctors. Cuddy was able to call House on his crap and still remain likeable to the audience, and, once she began an actual romantic relationship with him, she was still the same commanding character. Edelstein’s talents have also been seen on Seinfeld, Frasier, The West Wing, Ally McBeal, Felicity, Scandal and Castle.
Well, thanks to Bravo and the show’s strong showing, you can look forward to Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce for three seasons to come. Until the next season starts, you can check out our summer TV premiere schedule to help fill your TV viewing time.