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THE STARTER WIFE

Making the role universal is what Debra Messing does best

Friday, July 27th at 8:30pm

Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing’s greatest concern was how to make a tricky role sympathetic in 3’s new show, The Starter Wife, screening Friday, July 27th at 8:30pm.

The show follows one woman’s rise, fall, and rebirth, as seen through the filter of the Los Angeles social scene, after being dumped by her filmmaker husband.

It’s based on the book written by Gigi Levangie Grazer, the wife of Hollywood filmmaker Brian Grazer, capturing the heart and soul of the trivial and superficial atmosphere that is Hollywood.

Messing plays Molly, who suffers the humiliation of a woman who hits a certain age and gets traded in by her husband for a Britney Spears-like pop star.

But she regroups with a new set of designer clothes, enough money to get by and a friend’s luxurious oceanfront beach pad as her transitory digs.

Messing is able to make Molly true to life thanks to her real personality, according to Joe Mantegna, who plays movie studio boss Lou Manahan.

“I feel with Debra that what you see is what you get. Somebody who is approachable, a lot of fun, puts herself right out there. She makes [the story] universal – your husband dumps you for another woman.”

In this week’s episode Molly is reassured by Sam’s (Stephen Moyer) declaration of his innocence, but she is unable to help him when he is thrown in jail.

Things look desperate until Lou amazingly reappears. His plan to fake his own suicide had failed when his suicide note was lost, so he pulls Molly into his scheme.

Tune in to 3’s successful series, filmed in Australia, The Starter Wife, screening Friday, July 27th at 8:30pm.

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THE STARTER WIFE

One woman’s rise, fall, and rebirth from Hollywood

Friday, July 6th at 8:30pm

Emmy award-winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace) stars in The Starter Wife, the show which follows one woman’s rise, fall, and rebirth, as seen through the filter of the Los Angeles social scene, screening Friday, July 6th at 8:30pm.

Based on the book written by Gigi Levangie Grazer, the wife of Hollywood filmmaker Brian Grazer, Ms. Levangie Grazer captures the heart and soul of the trivial and superficial atmosphere that is Hollywood.

Messing stars as Molly Kagen, the dumped wife of a Hollywood studio executive who is abandoned by the Hollywood community that once adored her, and must now look beyond the confines of her isolated life and find in the real world around her all new possibilities she never saw before.

No one wants to be associated with her and she is almost forced to leave her home and spend the summer at a friend’s house in Malibu, where she can contemplate her situation and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

Malibu is not too different from Beverly Hills, and Molly finds she is still not appreciated or wanted at the local events. She cannot even get a table for lunch at a popular restaurant, until a friend (Joe Mantegna), himself a big Hollywood exec, insists she and her daughter join him at his table.

Once she is seen in his company, lips flap and she is suddenly popular once again. In this world of superficiality, it’s not what you know or even who you know, but who you are with at any one time.

But Molly has her eye on someone else, from the opposite side of life.

Messing says the story rang true to her when she read the script and she knows women who have been in the situation of being a ‘starter wife’.

“Well, I encounter them every single day in Los Angeles. It’s a community filled with people who are somehow connected to the industry and there are high expectations for the wives of the power brokers, and there is a kind of look to the starter wife.

“There’s the polished hair and the beautiful nails and the designer clothing and the white teeth and the, you know, very trim body.”

The series was shot in Australia where a kangaroo hoped past the camera one day.

“We had to cut while this whole family of kangaroos hopped by, which was kind of wonderful,” says Messing.

Tune in to 3’s new exciting series which looks at the Hollywood cliques, rehab, gossip, plastic surgery, inflated egos and everything a Starter Wife can win and lose, screening Friday, July 6th at 8:30pm.