When the chips are down, sometimes you just need your best friends. That's the idea behind Bravo's first-ever scripted series, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, premiering December 2.
The series stars Lisa Edelstein, Necar Zadegan, Alanna Ubach, Julianna Guill, and Beau Garrett. Edelstein plays the show's leading lady, who reaches out to her girlfriends after she and her husband divorce, hoping to find herself as she sets out on her new life. It's that real-life concept that Marti Noxon thinks viewers will relate to.
Noxon, the show's executive producer and a producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men, tells Variety that GG2D "discuss all these issues and bring them to life in a way that's not a drag, in a way that can be funny and fun. And everybody's flawed, that's the truth of life."
"It just feels a little bit like a dream come true," Noxon adds. "How often do you get to write about real women with work problems and family problems, and they're not a doctor or a lawyer or a cop?"
The pilot is based on Vicki Iovine's best-selling book series. Noxon, who has battled other kinds of demons working on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, explained how the series fits on a network famous for Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listings.
"In a weird way, this is more real than reality because we get to go behind the scenes and see people having sex and fighting the way they might not on reality TV," she said. "I feel like divorce is kind of a Trojan horse into what for me is a bigger issue right now, which is sexual politics."
Meanwhile, Lisa Edelstein spoke to The Dish ahead of the show's premiere. She revealed how fun it's been to shoot the series.
"I have worked with some of the best crews around, but this particular group is a truly unique one," she said. "They frequently burst into song! Song! With harmonies! Mostly it's 'Happy Birthday' (regardless of if it is their birthday or not) and mostly it's if someone does something awesome or awesomely embarrassing. Applause, too, they are big on applauding. It is just a fantastic collection of beautiful weirdos that have great leadership and a great work ethic."
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce premieres December 2 at 10/9c on Bravo.
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