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TCA: Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ Developing CW Vampire-Twins Show On The Side

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 3:32pm PDT

TCA: Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ Developing CW Vampire-Twins Show On The SideBravo’s first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, includes a storyline about a guy separated from his wife who’s dating a CW starlet, which makes for one of the pilot episode’s funnier lines. Series creator Marti Noxon got asked about the reference and admitted she’s created a fictitious CW series which this starlet stars. It’s called Blood Sisters; it’s about twin sisters — one’s a vampire slayer and one’s a vampire.

“When are you taking Blood Sisters to the CW” a critic joked-but-not-really of Noxon, who is well known for her work on  Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In February Bravo announced it has acquired Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, based on the best-selling Girlfriends’ Guide books by Vicki Iovine. The series follows Abby (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband, as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. Noxon is executive producing with Dawn Olmstead, Iovine, Meryl Poster and Adam Brooks, who directed the pilot. The series co-stars Janeane Garofalo and Beau Garrett, with Paul Adelstein and Carrie Fisher featured in the pilot.
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Bravo Picks Up Marti Noxon’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ As First Scripted Series

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 3:57pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

bravo1EXCLUSIVE: Bravo Media is officially a scripted series player. The cable network has greenlighted its first original scripted series, the hourlong Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce starring House alumna Lisa Edelstein. The project, from writer-producer Marti Noxon and Universal Cable Prods, has received a 13-episode order for a 2015 prenoxonmiere. Based on the best-selling “Girlfriends’ Guide” books by Vicki Iovine, the series follows Abby (Edelstein), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband, as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. She finds herself seeking advice from her divorced friends instead of her married ones, which leads to some unexpected and life-changing experiences.edelstein This is the second series order for Noxon this month, following Lifetime’s 10-episode pickup of Un-Real. I hear Girlfriends’ Guide has the Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumna in first position. She is executive producing the Bravo series with Dawn Olmstead, Iovine and Weinstein Co.’s Meryl Poster and Adam Brooks, who directed the pilot. The series co-stars Janeane Garofalo and Beau Garrett, with Paul Adelstein and Carrie Fisher featured in the pilot.

Related: Lifetime Picks Up Marti Noxon’s ‘Un-Real’ To Series

Girlfriends’ Guide was originally set up at Showtime in 2012 as a half-hour spec by Noxon. Bravo took the project in early last spring and converted it to one-hour. It’s been a smooth sailing ever since, with a pilot order in August, the hire of Brooks to direct and Edelstein to star, leading to the series order. “From the minute we saw this script, we felt this was really on brand for Bravo — it’s got lots of humor, lots of fun, and it’s incredibly stylish,” said Frances Berwick, president Bravo and Oxygen Media. “More than anything, this is a real passion project for Marti who is a big Bravo fan.” There is no plan yet how to launch Girlfriend’s Guide but Berwick suggested that “we have the benefit of having great natural big-reach shows to launch out of” and “with the comedy and drama in (Bravo’s) heavily serialized reality shows, there is a natural connection” that would make for an easy flow from them to the scripted Girlfriend’s Guide. Read More »

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Shiri Appleby To Topline Lifetime Pilot ‘Unreal’

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 8:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Shiri Appleby is set as the lead in Lifetime’s drama pilot Unreal, inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning independent short Sequin Raze. Marti Noxon and Shapiro wrote Unreal, which goes behind the scenes of a hit competition dating show to follow the experiences of a young staffer (Appleby) whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with (and among) the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the program’s producers demand. What ensues is a humorous yet vexing look at what happens in the world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and producing it is a whole other reality. Appleby, repped by Gersh and manager John Carrabino, has recurring roles on HBO comedy Girls and NBC drama Chicago Fire.

Related: Lifetime Orders Marti Noxon Drama Pilot Based On ‘Sequin Raze’

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Bravo Greenlights ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ Scripted Pilot From Marti Noxon

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 8:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Bravo Media has given the green light to Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, a scripted pilot from writer-producer Marti Noxon and Universal Cable Prods. Based on the “Girlfriends’ Guide…” book series by Vicki Iovine, Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce follows the famous author of a best-selling self-help book series who is hiding the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. She finds herself seeking advice from her divorced friends, instead of her married ones which leads to some unexpected and life-changing experiences.

Noxon, best known for her work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee, wrote the pilot, and is executive producing with Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break), Iovine and Meryl Poster, currently TV president at the Weinstein Co. who helped put the project together before joining the company. “Marti’s incredible talent and unique perspective shines through in this compelling exploration of a modern woman’s journey through divorce and the next chapter of her life,” said Andrew Wang, Bravo’s VP of Scripted Development and Production. Added Noxon, “The funny, frank and fabulous tone of Vicki’s books provide a perfect jumping off place for the show. I love Bravo and look … Read More »

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Lifetime Orders Marti Noxon Drama Pilot Based On Indie Short ‘Sequin Raze’

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 6:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has greenlighted to pilot Unreal, a drama series project inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze, which starred Ashley Williams, Anna Camp and Frances Conroy (check out that trailer below). Marti Noxon (Mad Men, Fright Night) and Shapiro wrote Unreal, which goes behind-the-scenes of a hit competition dating show to follow the experiences of a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with (and among) the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the program’s producers demand. What ensues is a humorous, yet vexing, look at what happens in the world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and producing it is a whole other reality. Sequin Raze, which premiered at this year’s SXSW, sparked interest from multiple networks before landing at Lifetime, which brought in Noxon. She will executive produce, with Shapiro serving as producer. Sally DeSipio (Do Over) and Bill Davenport will executive produce for Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment. In addition to Unreal, WME-repped Noxon has two other cable projects in serious contention for a pickup, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, based on Vicki Iovine’s books, at Bravo; and Proof with M. Night Shyamalan at Syfy. Lifetime is riding on the success of its latest original scripted series, Devious Maids, which is awaiting renewal.

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