Next Thursday on USA, the miniseries The Starter Wife premieres. Based on the Gigi Levangie Grazer novel of the same name, it stars Debra Messing as a woman named Molly whose Hollywood husband dumps her for someone younger. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be drawn to this at all, but in NYC, it has been difficult to ignore the giant ads on the sides of buses. They look like this, only with a white background:
Here’s my question about those ads: Since when can you just declare something “a major television event”? Isn’t that reserved for epic dramas like Roots or The Thorn Birds? (An aside: The first time I typed that, it came out The Thunderbirds. Sigh.) Can you just create an event with an ad campaign?
Despite that chicanery, I might give the miniseries a try, mostly because the cast also includes Judy Davis in what Entertainment Weekly calls “the boozy, wisecracking gal role.”
I’ve missed Judy; where has she been? I don’t think I’ve seen her since Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, in which she was amazing.
And let’s not forget Serving in Silence, in which she got to kiss Glenn Close. It was such a big deal at the time — you might even call it a major television event.
Entertainment Weekly says Debra Messing is “absolutely lovely” in The Starter Wife, so maybe it will turn out OK in the end. But I still don’t think it will be “major” in any way, and I hope the ad campaign ends soon.