Bravo has long been known for its reality shows, from “The Real Housewives” franchise to “Top Chef,” the network seems to have found the secret formula for creating interesting series. However, up until recently, they hadn’t given scripted TV a shot.
Then, on Feb. 20, it was announced that Bravo will air its first scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce,” sometime next year.
“The network has ordered its first scripted series ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ starring Lisa Edelstein to premiere in 2015,” “The New York Post” reported Thursday. “Edelstein (“House”) will star as Abby, a newly single woman and self-help book author in her early 40’s embarking on the next chapter of her life in Los Angeles. She ends up seeking advice from her divorced friends, including entertainment lawyer Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) and former model Phoebe (Beau Garrett).”
The new series is based on the “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series, written by Vicki Iovine, and will air in 13 one-hour episodes. Iovine will executive produce the series along with Dawn Olmstead, Meryl Poster, and Adam Brooks, and Marti Noxon, who has previously worked on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Mad Men,” “Glee,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
In addition to Edelstein, the show will also welcome Janeane Garofalo (of “Saturday Night Live,” “Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion,” and “The Truth About Cats And Dogs”) and Beau Garrett (of “Tron: Legacy,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Entourage”). Garrett also appeared on an episode of “House” alongside Edelstein.
During the pilot episode, the named cast will be visited by guest stars Paul Adelstein and Carrie Fisher.
“Girlfriends’ Guide” was originally set up at Showtime in 2012 as a half-hour series by Noxon, but was taken on by Bravo in early 2013 and transformed into an hour-long program.
“From the minute we saw this script, we felt this was really on brand for Bravo — it’s got lots of humor, lots of fun, and it’s incredibly stylish,” Frances Berwick, President of Bravo and Oxygen Media, revealed to Deadline. “More than anything, this is a real passion project for Marti who is a big Bravo fan.”
Although a launch plan hasn’t yet been established, Berwick told the news site that she and the crew “have the benefit of having great natural big-reach shows to launch out of” and “with the comedy and drama in heavily serialized reality shows, there is a natural connection.”
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