US cable channel HBO launches a new comedy focused on married life next month.
With the self-explanatory title Divorce, the show stars Sarah Jessica Parker in her first lead role since popular comedy-drama Sex and the City, which ended its six year television run in 2004. She places a recruiter who lives with her property developer husband Robert and their two children in Westchester County, an affluent region of New York State. Her character, Frances, begins an affair and then one day decides to divorce her husband.
The show was created by Anglo-Irish actress and writer Sharon Horgan, winner of two British Comedy awards.
Parker, meanwhile, is executive producer of the show. She said:
“I was really curious about exploring marriage and everything that meant.”
“It was just a landscape that I thought seemed rich.”
Showrunner Paul Simms said he was confident there was plenty of comedic potential in divorce. “We are definitely not trying to do six seasons of two people fighting with each other.”
But, he continued:
“I know people who are going into their fifth year or so of still-unresolved divorces. You always hear those nightmare stories, where they end up where they would have ended up if they’d sat down with a legal pad at the kitchen table and said all right, you take this and I’ll take that.”
Divorce premieres in the United States on October 9. A UK divorce date has not been announced.