After a decade-long break, Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to the HBO lineup with a new comedy series. The premium cable network has given a series order to Divorce, its single-camera comedy toplined by the Sex & the City star.
Written by Irish writer-actress Sharon Horgan, Divorce was sold to HBO with Parker attached in her first major TV acting commitment since Sex And The City. The pilot, directed by Jesse Peretz and co-starring Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam, had been garnering momentum since it was delivered to HBO.
Horgan will executive produce through her Merman banner, along with Paul Simms and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Parker and Alison Benson will executive produce through Parker’s Pretty Matches Prods.
Divorce, which will film in New York, tells the story of a very, very long divorce. It centers on Frances (Parker), a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. Church plays Robert, Frances’ husband; Shannon is Diane, Frances’ high-strung friend; while Balsam plays Dallas, a close friend of Frances’. Flight Of The Conchords co-creator/star Jemaine Clement guest starred in the pilot.
In the U.K., Horgan created and starred in series Pulling, Bad Management, Dead Boss and most recently, Catastrophe, whose first season launches on Amazon in June and which has been renewed for Season 2. She partnered with Kaplan to adapt the first three n the U.S., with all three projects going to pilot. This marks Horgan’s first U.S. series.
At HBO, Divorce joins two praised comedy series with female leads, Veep and Girls. Additionally, HBO has a comedy pilot starring Sarah Silverman in consideration.