Thursday, August 10, 2006

USA Taps Debra Messing To Star In “The Starter Wife”

There is life post-Grace! Emmy-award winner Debra Messing is set to star in the USA Network six-hour television event based on the New York Times best-selling 2005 novel The Starter Wife (Simon & Schuster) from author Gigi Levangie Grazer (Rescue Me, Maneater). The Starter Wife will be executive produced by Grazer and penned by the writing team of Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon (“Runaway Bride”), who will also serve as executive producers along with Stephanie Davis (“The Caveman’s Valentine”) and Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Carnivale”) from 3 Arts Entertainment. NBC Universal Television Studio is producing

The Starter Wife is about life after divorce and one woman’s (Messing) quest to redefine herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head.

Messing is best known for her role as interior decorator Grace Adler from “Will & Grace” for which she won the 2003 Emmy and recently earned a 2006 Emmy nomination. Her performance has garnered her four Golden Globe nominations, four Emmy nominations and two American Comedy Award nominations. Messing has also been seen in numerous feature films including “The Wedding Date” opposite Dermot Mulroney, “Along Came Polly” with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, Woody Allen’s comedy, “Hollywood Ending,” opposite Woody Allen and Tea Leoni, and “The Mothman Prophecies” opposite Richard Gere. She will soon be seen in “Lucky You” alongside Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and “Purple Violets” directed by Edward Burns. Messing was also heard in the animated film “Garfield” and will soon be heard in “Open Season” with Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence.

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" starring
Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon and has been published in numerous periodicals such as
Vogue, People Magazine, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. Her best sellers, Maneater and Rescue Me, have been optioned by Mandalay Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures, respectively. Grazer is currently working on her next novel, a romantic take on high-end divorce set in New York, to be published by Simon and Schuster.

The writing team of Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon are best known for writing "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 "Chicken Little" for Disney and "Frankenweenie" for Tim Burton, and have additionally written for Sandra Bullock, Sid Ganis, Tom Shadyac and Sara Colleton. Parriott & McGibbon 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."