or


[11/16/05 - 12:00 AM]
USA Network Developing Six-Hour Television Event Based on Gigi Levangie Grazer Novel "The Starter Wife"

[via press release from USA]

USA NETWORK DEVELOPING SIX-HOUR TELEVISION EVENT BASED ON GIGI LEVANGIE GRAZER NOVEL "THE STARTER WIFE"

USA NETWORK DEVELOPING SIX-HOUR TELEVISION EVENT BASED ON GIGI LEVANGIE GRAZER NOVEL "THE STARTER WIFE"

JOSANN McGIBBON & SARA PARRIOTT TO WRITE LIMITED SERIES

NEW YORK, NY - November 16, 2005 - USA Network has acquired the rights to the New York Times best-selling 2005 novel "The Starter Wife" (Simon & Schuster) from author Gigi Levangie Grazer (Rescue Me, Maneater) it was announced by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president of original programming for USA. THE STARTER WIFE, which is slated as a six-hour limited series to air in the summer 2006, will be executive produced by Grazer and penned by the writing team of Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott ("Runaway Bride") who will also serve as executive producers. The project will be produced by NBC Universal Television Studio in association with 3 Arts Entertainment. Stephanie Davis ("The Caveman's Valentine") and Howard Klein ("The Office," "Carnivale") will also serve as executive producers for 3 Arts. The book was brought to USA's Senior Vice President of Longform Programming, Laurette Hayden. by Grazer's literary agent Sylvie Rabineau of Rabineau Wachter & Sanford. Production is expected to begin in the spring.

THE STARTER WIFE is a sexy, savvy and wickedly funny tour de force about life after divorce and one woman redefining herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head. With her signature wit, sassy style and cameos of the rich and famous -- and wannabe rich and famous -- Grazer tackles the most delicious and dastardly details of a divorce and recovery, Hollywood style.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in such a high-profile project with some of the most exciting and talented writers in the business today," said Wachtel. "THE STARTER WIFE is the type of project that could be a cornerstone of our big event programming for 2006. It's big, it's fun, it's fearless and it will certainly create a stir."

"We are incredibly excited to bring Gigi's sexy satire to television viewers," said Angela Bromstad, President, NBC Universal Television Studio. "Teaming Gigi with Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott will make for an entertaining and intelligent television adaptation of the best selling novel."

Grazer, real-life wife of Imagine Entertainment co-owner and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, worked for eight years developing and writing television shows for legendary network president and producer Fred Silverman. She also wrote the 1998 movie "Stepmom" with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon and has been published in numerous periodicals such as People Magazine, Glamour and Harpers Bazaar. Her best sellers, Maneater and Rescue Me, have been optioned by Mandalay Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures, respectively.

The writing team of Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott are best known for their work on "Runaway Bride" with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. More recently, they have been working on the highly anticipated animated movie event "Rapunzel Unbraided" for Walt Disney Animation for Dick Cook and Michael Eisner. McGibbon and Parriott have worked on the upcoming "Chicken Little" for Disney and "Frankenweenie" for Tim Burton, and have additionally written for Sandra Bullock, Sid Ganis, Tom Shadyac and Sara Colleton. McGibbon & Parriott also wrote the story for "Three Men and a Little Lady." Currently, Stuart Cornfeld of Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films is in development with their script "Staying Power."

USA Network is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. USA Network is seen in over 89 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com. USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.





  [november 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· CARNIVALE (HBO)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· STARTER WIFE, THE (USA)





[04/29/17 - 08:25 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with NBC
The Eye's "Hawaii Five-0" wins the night among adults 18-49.

[04/28/17 - 02:00 PM]
Video: Watch a Behind-the-Scenes First Look at FOX's New Dating Show, "Love Connection," Hosted by Andy Cohen
The unscripted series will now premiere at 9:00/8:00c on Thursday, May 25 following "Beat Shazam."

[04/28/17 - 12:39 PM]
"The President Show" Inaugural Episode Draws Huge Crowd Topping Trump's Actual Inauguration
Comedy Central spins the numbers for Thursday, April 27.

[04/28/17 - 11:25 AM]
WE tv's New Series "Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta" Premieres Thursday, May 25 at 10pm ET/CT
"Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta" features a tight-knit crew of friends who reveal the perks and perils of being born into Hip Hop royalty.

[04/28/17 - 10:43 AM]
Netflix Unveils "FYSee" - A Month-Long Celebration Highlighting the Best of Netflix Series
For the first time, Netflix's FYSee will feature a full month of programming designed to connect industry with the shows, creators and talent they love in wholly new and unusual ways.

[04/28/17 - 10:02 AM]
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content Option Rights to Anne Rice's Best-Selling Series, "The Vampire Chronicles"
Christopher Rice, four-time New York Times Bestselling(R) author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, will pen the series and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice, and Anonymous Content's David Kanter and Steve Golin.

[04/28/17 - 10:02 AM]
"Star Trek: Discovery" Adds to Its Ranks
Shazad Latif, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan are among the latest additions.

[04/28/17 - 09:55 AM]
British Comedic Legend Tommy Maitland Has Been Announced to Host ABC's Irreverent Talent Competition Show "The Gong Show"
A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood's hottest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV's all-time great variety shows.

[04/28/17 - 09:47 AM]
Showtime(R) Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Hit Series "Ray Donovan" and "Episodes"
Look for the new seasons on August 6 and August 20, respectively, with "Twin Peaks" moving to the 8:00/7:00c slot on August 6.

[04/28/17 - 09:40 AM]
Her Story Continues - "Z: The Beginning of Everything" Is Returning for a Second Season
The streaming service formally announced said renewal this morning.

[04/28/17 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Inches Past CBS Among Adults 18-49
The Alphabet wins the night in demos while the Eye is the most-watched broadcaster.

[04/28/17 - 07:56 AM]
ESPN's Round 1 NFL Draft Telecast Delivers 4.8 Overnight Rating
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, April 27.

[04/28/17 - 07:32 AM]
Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious" Franchise to Receive Generation Award at the "2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards"
"We are thrilled to celebrate the 'Fast & Furious' franchise and its global contribution to pop culture," said Amy Doyle, General Manager, MTV, VH1 and Logo.

[04/28/17 - 06:00 AM]
"Ellen"'s Coming-Out Episode, "The Puppy Episode: Parts 1 and 2," Streaming Now on the ABC App
This Sunday, April 30, is the 20th anniversary of the historic coming-out episode of the "Ellen" sitcom on ABC.

[04/27/17 - 03:01 PM]
BET Networks Says YES to Comedy Superstars and Music Legends with Original New Scripted, Late Night and Mini-Series
VH1 imports "Hit the Floor" and "The Breaks" will join fellow returning drama "The Quad."