Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series, Divorce. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.
Other series regulars include Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam and Tracy Letts. The series, currently in production in New York, was created by Sharon Horgan. It is executive produced by Horgan, Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan. (synopsis (c) HBO)
There’s nothing even remotely funny about divorce, a rending of hopes, dreams, ideals and connections that rarely leaves anyone the victor (as ABBA observed so poignantly and ironically in “The Winner Takes It All”).
But there is black humour to be found in even the most bleak of situations which is where HBO’s new show Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) and Thomas Haden Church comes in, mining this most awful of life events for the darkly funny moments that litter all the emotional trauma.
In fact Frances (Parker) looks to be doing her best to be determinedly upbeat, declaring to her estranged husband Robert (Church) that this could be “the greatest thing that ever happened to us.”
Quite whether that actually proves to be true is another point entirely but the Divorce trailer give every indication it is will find the funny in a situation that rarely provokes any laughs.
And I would venture that we will be laughing right along with it.
Divorce premieres on 9 October 2016.