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It’s been quite a long time since TV fans have been able to get a regular dose of Sarah Jessica Parker in their lives, as Sex and the City somehow ended its run on HBO all the way back in 2004. (Yeah, she was in Glee a few times, but you get it.) Fear not, for she will be returning to HBO soon, as the premium cable network has put in a full series order for the comedy Divorce. Bet you can’t guess what this one’s about.
Set in the wide world of New York, Divorce follows Parker as Frances, a woman who is dealing with a divorce that doesn’t seem like it’ll ever end. Whereas she might have thought getting away from a crumbling marriage was the easier thing to do, she’s slowly starting to understand how difficult a task it really is. Can’t imagine why it ever sounded easy.
Her potentially soon-to-be ex-husband Robert will be played by the always enjoyable Thomas Haden Church, of Wings and Sideways fame, although he might not be so enjoyable here. Mad Men’s Talia Balsam will play Dallas, one of Frances’ close friends, and Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon will play Frances’ high-strung friend Diane. As an added bonus, the pilot also has a guest-starring spot for Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, who never fails to be amusing.
Divorce was created by Irish writer and actress Sharon Horgan, who has quite a few series under her belt, though not many on this side of the pond. She wrote and starred in the acclaimed comedies Pulling, Dead Boss, Angelo’s, and more. Most recently, she created and starred in the comedy Catastrophe, which also stars the hilarious Rob Delaney. With any luck, Horgan will find a spot for herself in the Divorce cast.
HBO first put in an order for a Divorce pilot a couple of months ago, and according to Deadline, it’s been gaining popularity around the network ever since. At this point, there’s no telling how many episodes Divorced will get, although most comedies on HBO get around 8-10 episodes, such as with Veep and Silicon Valley. As well, we have no clue when HBO will end up bringing it to audiences, but the fall seasons is as good a time as any, and would allow for a timely New York production. Either way it goes, we’re getting more Sarah Jessica Parker, and that can’t be a bad thing.