The audience at the Ace Hotel theatre murmured approval when each actress appeared onscreen at the premiere of Bravo’s first scripted series (it’s a showshow, remember those?)—Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. First was Lisa Edelstein, perfect as Abby McCarthy, a writer of a series of books called A Girlfriends’ Guide To.. who starts the show with her marriage on the verge of collapse. Next you meet her posse: Janeane Garofalo and former GUESS! model Beau Garrett as a (what else) former model. There’s also Carrie Fisher, who is brilliant as McCarthy’s book agent. Bernadette Peters shows up in upcoming episodes. What’s not to like? The writing is smart, funny, bawdy and set in L.A.—the prem episode had scenes at Laurel Canyon Country Store and on Robertson Boulevard.
“We said we’re only going to do it if and when we find the perfect project,” said president of Lifestyle Networks Frances Berwick about the reality show network’s first foray into scripted TV. “Marti Noxon, she presented a vision of divorce which was fresh and fun and funny and raw, and I use those oxymoron’s wisely. It really felt like this is it, this is our first scripted project.”
Then the belle of the ball Marti Noxon (this is her first show) took to the stage in a great dress (which she thought made her walk like a linebacker) and hot pink highlights in her hair. “Something wanted the Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce to be on TV more than me,” she said. “This has probably been the best experience of my working life.” The audience was filled with Bravo reality stars. I counted at least five Housewives and sat next to Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis. After the screening everyone stuck around to party (including a bunch of good-looking fellas in matching suits) in the gorgeous theatre. On the way out, guests were gifted a pair of fancy Cheeki panties as they walked out onto Broadway—just in case they weren’t going straight home.
There goes Tuesday nights—I’ll be staying in. Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce premieres at 10 p.m. December 2 on Bravo.