By Alison Willmore | Indiewire February 20, 2014 at 9:17AM
Bravo, home of "The Real Housewives," "Top Chef" and the "Shahs of Sunset," has given the greenlight to its first original scripted show. "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" is an hourlong series about a newly single woman starting the next chapter in her life, and is slated to premiere in 2015 with a 13-episode season.
Marti Noxon ("Mad Men," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") wrote the pilot for the series, which is produced by Universal Cable Productions and is based on Vicki Iovine's series of books. Lisa Edelstein ("House") stars as Abby, a self-help book writer navigating life as a single fortysomething in Los Angeles while trying to hide the fact that she’s separated from her husband. She gets advice from her divorced friends, which include Lyla (Janeane Garofalo), a no-nonsense entertainment lawyer, and Phoebe (Beau Garrett), a former model who's still close to her ex. Paul Adelstein plays Abby's husband.
The pilot was directed by Adam Brooks ("Definitely, Maybe") and also features a cameo by Carrie Fisher as Abby's book editor. Noxon is executive producing alongside Brooks, Iovine, Dawn Olmstead and Meryl Poster. "For our first scripted show, we wanted something that was sophisticated, funny and honest. We’re thrilled to have the talented Marti Noxon breaking this new ground with Bravo," said the network's Andrew Wang.
The is the second recent series greenlight for Noxon, who earlier this month received a series order from Lifetime for dark comedy "Un-Real," which she co-wrote. Bravo has other scripted projects in development, including supernatural drama "Witch Hunt" from filmmaker Ry Russo-Young.