Bravo has greenlighted its first scripted series: Marti Noxon‘s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
After years of trying to get into the scripted game, the NBCUniversal cable network has given a 13-episode series order to the one-hour dramedy starring former House star Lisa Edelstein for a 2015 debut.
Based on the book series by Vicki Iovine, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce follows a best-selling author (Edelstein) of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40s in Los Angeles. She starts to side with and take advice more from her divorced friends rather than her married ones, and it leads her to some unexpected and life-changing experiences.
Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett and Paul Adelstein co-star in the effort, with Carrie Fisher making a cameo in the first episode.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce offers a fresh take on women tackling life after divorce with the help of their girlfriends,” said Andrew Wang, vp scripted development and production at Bravo. “For our first scripted show, we wanted something that was sophisticated, funny and honest. We’re thrilled to have the talented Marti Noxon breaking this new ground with Bravo.”
The pickup comes two years after Wang was hired to oversee the cabler’s scripted development, a move that signaled Bravo’s intention to become a scripted destination. Over the years, Bravo has had several scripted projects in play, including Rita with Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn, that did not make it past pilot stage.
“Everybody knows this was all an elaborate scheme to get myself on Watch What Happens Live!,” said Noxon. “Seriously, I can’t thank everyone enough at Bravo and Universal Cable Productions for making Girlfriends‘ something special. I am confident that Lisa is going to be TV’s next girl crush; she’s certainly mine.”
Buffy alum Noxon penned the pilot, with Dawn Olmstead, Iovine, Meryl Poster and Adam Brooks, who directed the first episode, on board to executive produce the Universal Cable Productions vehicle, originally developed for Showtime as a half-hour project.
For Noxon, Divorce marks her second series order, following Lifetime’s 10-episode pickup of Un-Real with Shiri Appleby earlier this month.