Bravo has become the latest network to enter into the world of scripted television by picking up Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, a project adapted for television by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee), to series. Based on the book of the same name, the hour-long drama stars Lisa Edelstein (House) as Abby, a self-help author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband and navigates the Los Angeles singles scene as a career woman in her 40’s.
“For our first scripted show, we wanted something that was sophisticated, funny and honest,” Bravo VP Scripted Development and Production Andrew Wang said. “We’re thrilled to have the talented Marti Noxon breaking this new ground with Bravo.”
The decision to pick up Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce means that Bravo is the latest network to dive into the increasingly crowded scripted television scene, joining the likes of Sundance, IFC, History, Discovery, and WE as previously primarily unscripted networks who have developed their first scripted material in recent years. Previously, Bravo developed an adaptation of Danish dramedy Rita with Emmy winner Anna Gunn and a television version of Demi Moore film The Joneses.
In addition to Edelstein, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will star Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer) and Beau Garrett (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), with Paul Adelstein (Private Practice) and Carrie Fisher (True Blood) to appear in the pilot.
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is set to premiere sometime in 2015 on Bravo. Reportedly, a second scripted series will be greenlit shortly after the pickup of Girlfriends’ Guide, though no contenders for the spot have been indicated.
Will you be watching Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce? Does this sound like the right show to get Bravo into the world of scripted content? What type of scripted shows should the network go after now?