U.S. cable network Bravo has ordered its first scripted series, entitled Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
Based on the author Vicki Iovine’s Girlfriends’ Guide book series, the 13 x one hour show will premiere in 2015 and stars House actor Lisa Edelstein as a self-help writer in her early 40s who hides the fact that she has split from her husband.
It is produced by Universal Cable Productions with Marti Noxon (who wrote the pilot), Dawn Olmstead, Vicki Iovine, Meryl Poster and Adam Brooks serving as executive producers.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce offers a fresh take on women tackling life after divorce with the help of their girlfriends,” said Andrew Wang, Bravo’s vice president of scripted development and production, in a statement. “For our first scripted show, we wanted something that was sophisticated, funny and honest.”
The cast also includes Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett, Paul Adelstein and Carrie Fisher in a cameo role. Brooks also directed the pilot.
Last fall, Bravo and Oxygen Media president Frances Berwick told an audience at MIPCOM that scripted programming would be the next step in the network’s evolution.
“We feel like scripted is a way to create more longevity,” she said, adding that scripted sells better internationally than unscripted programs. “There’s something about reality series that makes them very ephemeral. The audience for them can be very fickle. A lot comes and goes very quickly, although some burn very bright.”