HBO's 'Divorce' Will Tackle Relationships In Many Forms, Writer Sharon Horgan Teases
Sex and the City fans have been anxiously awaiting the return of Carrie Bradshaw to the small screen since the HBO comedy ended in 2004. While we may never get a followup series, fans can rest easy knowing that we're getting the next best thing, which, naturally, is a brand new HBO show starring Sarah Jessica Parker, called Divorce . Though Parker may be the reason fans are initially drawn into this new series, she isn't the only person that fans should be excited is onboard the project. Catastrophe creator and star Sharon Horgan serves as creator and executive producer on Divorce alongside executive producers Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson, Aaron Kaplan, and Paul Simms, who is also the showrunner, to bring a uniquely funny perspective will surely keep fans hooked.
If Catastrophe is a "staying in love story," as its Season 2 tagline suggests, then Divorce is a falling out of love story. "The main premise [of Divorce] is how you end up feeling passionately about someone that you haven't really felt anything for in years," Horgan tells Bustle of the upcoming series. "It's about how these two characters are going to move forward ... They start out with good intentions, and then the industry that surrounds people at the unhappiest time in their life [ends up] causing them to make choices that they wouldn't naturally make."
While many TV shows would probably depict a divorce over the course of just a few episodes, on Horgan's series, the "meaty drama" comes from the intricacies of this process. "[Divorce] is so much more than people parting financially, emotionally, and geographically," she says. "It becomes complex whether you want it to or not." The writer even says that fans may have mixed emotions about whether they agree with the central couple's decision to divorce — so mixed, that they could change from week to week.
And while the show will focus on the titular divorce between Parker's Frances and her husband, who Deadline reported will be played by Thomas Haden Church, it's also an examination of other relationships, seen through the lens of the supporting characters. Horgan explains that Frances "has a very close friend who lost one husband and divorced another. She is a fountain of information and occasional wisdom. She's been through it, and she's done it, and she's done it badly. She has [another friend] who starts off in a deeply unhappy marriage and she sticks around and it becomes something else."
That combination of characters already makes Divorce sound like an interesting look at modern relationships, and when you add in both Horgan and Parker's track records of depicting just that on television, this HBO series is clearly one to look out for.