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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Starter Wife: Debra Messing's new show on USA

The term “Starter Wife” makes me giggle. Add in the comically gifted Debra Messing and this new show on USA becomes a fun, summer escape.

The Starter Wife premieres this Thursday, May 31, at 9 p.m. on USA.

I’ve seen the first three episodes, and I was impressed with what I saw. Sure, it may take you a minute to get past the absurdity that a short, balding, loud-mouthed mosquito of a man could ever dump a woman so beautiful, sweet and polished as Messing’s Molly, but once you do, the ride begins. (I guess it isn’t too much of a stretch to believe that beautiful women get dumped in Hollywood. Just ask Halle Berry or Jennifer Aniston.)

The Starter Wife
is an inside look at the Hollywood moviemakers and their elite wives. Molly works 16-hour days as a trophy wife, dressing in Chanel and Dior and maintaining her husband’s life, from organizing his lunch order to picking up his dog’s poo. She does it all in between yoga class, salon appointments, dropping her daughter at school, and lunching in all the right places. And she has the impossible task of doing it all while wearing a clumsy two-pound diamond that could be seen from space. (I kid, of course.)

Molly’s life then takes a drastic turn, when her husband dumps her for a 20-something pop music queen. (Think Fergie.) Then, the “starter wife” gets the cold shoulder from her former “friends,” with doors literally slamming in her face. Her club membership is cancelled, she’s dropped from charity boards, and she can’t even get a table at her favorite restaurant.

This inside look at the Malibu elite makes me shudder. Using children’s birthday parties to cast movies and network with directors is deplorable. Just imagine growing up in a society when your parent gives you this advice when dropping you off at school, “Share your cookies with Violet Affleck.” I truly hope the Hollywood gang isn’t this shallow, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Messing shines in this new drama and there are some laugh-out-loud moments. But, don’t be fooled. The Starter Wife is a drama about life after divorce and how one woman redefines herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio executive.

The Starter Wife is based on the popular novel by the same name. It runs through June 28 on USA.


Avery said...

Thanks for the review Tube Talk Girl. This show looks so good and I've been looking forward to it. I usually have similar TV tastes to you, so I hope I like it as much as you did.

Steven said...

LMAO at the Violet Affleck comment. That's harsh. Even for Hollywood. Can't wait to watch it.

Big Tuna said...

I love it when these "behind-the-scenes" shows come out and shine a spotlight on how indulgent and spoiled Hollywood really is.

This one looks delish!

Rachel said...

I'd watch Debra Messing in just about anything. But, this show looks like it might work well for her.

I loved the book and hope the TV show does it justice.

Steph in LA said...

Sadly, I know people like this. :( I can't imagine what they'd do if they had to pick up their own dog's poo.

Celia said...

I know women who have been blacklisted, too. Sadly, this sometimes does happen after their powerful Hollywood husbands toss them aside. But, if these women are willing to play the game, they shouldn't be too surprised when it all comes tumbling down.

Becky said...

Thanks TTG for posting this, I love Debra Messing and cant wait to watch it!

Anonymous said...

show is great!

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