Sarah Jessica Parker was in New York yesterday shooting Divorce. HBO confirmed last spring that the comedy had been ordered to series and the show will premiere this year, although an official premiere date has not been announced.
SJP plays Frances who’s married to Thomas Haden Church. Her two friends, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam, who you’ll remember recently as Mona Sterling in Mad Men, and in the past as George Clooney’s first wife, are newly single and Frances is intrigued by the prospect so she brings it up with her husband. And then can’t decide what she wants.
It’s now been almost 12 years since Sex And The City ended (on TV). And since then, apart from the movies, which are, at best, forgettable, SJP hasn’t had much success in film. The last couple of years have been quiet as she’s been spending time with her young children.
Given the setting – New York City – and other similarities like story and style, people are excited about her return to television, and again with HBO, playing, potentially, a woman in whom many other woman see themselves, and her friends. SJP’s suited to this, I think. She’s suited to developing characters whose relationship with an audience exists on a weekly basis. Which is not at all an insult. Not everyone can be so welcome.