The Starter Wife

Genres: Drama



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The Starter Wife is an American television series based on the mini-series of the same name, and based on the novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, which stars Debra Messing as Molly Kagan, the now ex-wife of former studio executive Kenny Kagan.

Picking up where the mini-series left off, Molly finds herself trying to carve out a new life as a single mother raising her daughter Jaden in the middle of the dysfunctional world surrounding the film industry.

The series aired in the USA on USA Network from 10 October to 12 December, 2008. There are 10 hour-long episodes in one season.

The series originally aired in South Africa on SABC3 from 10-31 March, 2010, from Mondays to Wednesdays at 21h00. It later aired on DStv's Universal Channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

The Starter Wife premiered on Universal Channel on Friday 4 May 2012, at 20h00. New episodes broadcast in a double bill, weekly.


Debra Messing returns as Molly Kagan in The Starter Wife. Once Hollywood royalty and now ex-"Wife Of" a major movie producer, Molly Kagan (Messing) is determined to make her own place in the world.

While the mini-series centered on the summer of Molly's divorce that forced her to start over, in these all-new episodes, Molly has moved into a home of her own with her seven-year-old daughter Jaden and is ready to navigate her new life as a single mom and define herself on her own terms.

While facing the very real challenges of trying to begin a new career at forty-something, Molly is now also juggling the ongoing emotional and financial complications of her divorce from Kenny (David Alan Basche), who could use a remedial course in parenting; new love interests, despite recently having sworn off men; and raising a grounded daughter in a town that doesn't exactly have its priorities straight.

With the help of her loyal friends Joan (Judy Davis) and Rodney (Chris Diamantopoulos), who are trying to figure it all out for themselves too, as well as her new Starting Gate School ally, Liz (Danielle Nicolet), Molly will discover how to forge a new life even when her past is always present.

The writing team of Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott return as executive producers along with Gigi Levangie Grazer, who penned the New York Times bestselling novel on which the mini-series was based.


db = double bill

There are 10 hour-long episodes in one season

Season 1

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 10 Mar 2010 | Finale: 31 Mar 2010 | Mon-Wed, 21h00
Channel: Universal | Premiere: 4 May 2012 | Finale: 1 Jun 2012 | Fridays, 20h00 (db)


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