HBO’s new comedy Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase channel in October
Divorce centres on Frances (Parker) who, after more than a decade of marriage and two children, has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with herhusband Robert (Haden Church,
Created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Divorce is a refreshingly honest new half-hour comedy series about the never-ending process of unwinding a marriage.
Set in Westchester County, New York, the series begins with the couple attending the 50th birthday party of their friend Diane – an occasion marked by high drama when Diane and her husband Nick get into an over-the-top fight – which convinces Frances to tell Robert they should split. But Frances soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought, while Robert, blindsided by Frances’ epiphany, struggles to cope with their marriage falling apart.
The story of a very, very long divorce, the 10-episode first season follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing union, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends. Finding sharp, observant humor in tense situations ranging from awkward public encounters to bitter private therapy sessions, Divorce is about two people at the most difficult moment in their lives, feeling more intense emotions for each other than they’ve felt inyears.
Other cast regulars include Molly Shannon (Enlightened) as Frances’ high- strung friend Diane, who has a successful husband, a beautiful house and no children; Talia Balsam (Mad Men) as Frances’ close friend Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced; Tracy Letts (Homeland) as Diane’s husband Nick; Sterling Jerins (World War Z) as Frances’ and Robert’s daughter Lila; and Charlie Kilgore (Moonrise Kingdom) as their son Tom. Season one guests include Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Dean Winters (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Joanna Adler (Orange Is the New Black), Robert Forster (Twin Peaks). Divorce is executive produced by Horgan, PaulSimms (an EP on Girls, and showrunner on this series), Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.
Divorce starts October 11, with episodes premiering on showcase Tuesdays at 8.30pm AEDST.