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The Starter Wife


Molly Kagan (Debra Messing) is abandoned by her husband the minute he finds success in Hollywood as a studio exec; now she has to find herself and deal with being ostracized by the community. A miniseries with shades of Desperate Housewives; at the center of it are not only ā€œthe starter wifeā€, but also several of her friends and a mysterious man sheā€™s attracted to. Messing is engaging, Judy Davis excellent and itā€™s all pretty entertaining in spite of its length. However, when all is said and done, the results are predictable and rather flat.

2007-U.S. Made for TV. 240 min. Color. Directed byĀ Jon Avnet. Novel: Gigi Levangie Grazer. Cast: Debra Messing (Molly Kagan), Judy Davis (Joan MacAllister), Miranda Otto (Cricket Stewart), Chris Diamantopoulos, Peter Jacobson, Stephen Moyer… Joe Mantegna.Ā 

Trivia: Originally shown in five parts. Followed by a regular TV series, The Starter Wife (2008).

Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress (Davis).



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