The Starter’s Wife


What will become of The Starter Wife?

Friday, August 10th at 8:30pm

Nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, 3’s hit series The Starter Wife draws to a close on Friday, August 10th at 8:30pm.

After being dumped by her studio executive husband of many years, and just weeks before her pre-nuptial agreement was due to expire, Molly (Debra Messing) found herself shunned from Hollywood’s inner circle, and found out who her true friends were.

Now, in the final of this hugely popular six-part series, we see what becomes of Molly and her friends.

For Messing, playing a character so different to the one she got best known for – Grace from Will & Grace – was very refreshing. Originally thinking she wanted at least six months off after finishing filming the eight series sitcom, she says the great script of The Starter Wife made her change her mind.

“So the six hour tome was delivered to my house and it took me about four days to read. By the end of it, I just felt like ‘sign me up.’ I thought it was smart, sophisticated, and the comedy was subversive, a little mocking of the Hollywood culture,” Messing said in a media conference call.

“Yet I felt something very universal about what Molly was going though. And incredibly painful, seeing a woman who was so successful in her life as a partner and wife to this incredibly successful man and everything she contributed to his success. To be discarded and have all of the respect… just sort of walk away with him.”

Messing felt the six hour mini series was better than doing the story (based on the book of the same name by Gigi Levangie Grazer, the wife of Hollywood filmmaker Brian Grazer) as a movie because the relationships would have been lost.

“I think you would sacrifice a lot if this were just a two hour movie. My experience of doing the six hour event was that I just realised that I was doing scenes that were exploring just colours of relationships, little nuances of character and those are the first ones that are cut when you are making a two hour film.”

So what would Messing do if she were blacklisted from Hollywood?

“I would move to New York and audition for plays.”

Will Molly get blacklisted for good? Will she claw her way back into Hollywood society? Will she even want to be a part of Hollywood society? Find out when The Starter Wife concludes on Friday, August 10th at 8:30pm on 3.