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Goldie Hawn Exits HBO’s ‘Viagra Diaries’

By | Thursday March 1, 2012 @ 6:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Goldie Hawn Leaving Viagra DiariesEXCLUSIVE: Goldie Hawn‘s return to acting is being put on hold. I’ve learned that the Oscar-winning actress is off HBO’s comedy pilot The Viagra Diaries, her first gig in a decade. I hear that, after bumpy last few months, HBO and the actress have mutually agreed to part ways. Viagra Diaries was created by Sex and the City creator/executive producer Darren Star and directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig. The series is based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker and centers on Claire, who, after her husband has a “mid-life crisis” at 65 and leaves her, struggles with being single for the first time in 35 years.

HBO wouldn’t comment, but there have been rumors about Hawn being difficult in her dealings with the rest of the people involved in the project and in the casting process. Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey is the only actor besides Hawn cast in the pilot so far; the husband role is yet to be filled after a number of actors read with Hawn for it. Viagra Diaries will go forward and I hear the producers and HBO are already looking into other actresses for the lead. Executive producing the pilot are Star, Feig, Aaron Kaplan, Alan, Wendy & Peter Riche and David Knoller. Feature actors have proven difficult when cast in TV pilots this year. Paul Bettany exited Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, while Ryan Phillippe departed CBS’ Golden Boy.

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‘Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey Cast In Goldie Hawn’s HBO Pilot ‘Viagra Diaries’

By | Wednesday February 8, 2012 @ 5:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey is set to co-star opposite Goldie Hawn in HBO’s comedy pilot The Viagra Diaries, created by Sex and the City creator/executive producer Darren Star. The gig reunites her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who is directing the pilot. Based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker, Viagra Diaries centers on Claire (Hawn) who, after her husband has a “mid-life crisis” at 65 and leaves her, struggles with being single for the first time in 35 years. McLendon will play Claire’s daughter Hope, a female therapist. Executive producing the pilot are Star, Hawn, Feig, Aaron Kaplan, Alan, Wendy & Peter Riche, Brian Medavoy, Alan Nevins and David Knoller. Groundlings alumna McLendon-Covey, repped by UTA and manager Gladys Gonzalez, co-starred on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!. She will next be seen in the features Magic Mike and What To Expect When You’re Expecting and will reunite with her Bridesmaids cast mates at the Oscars where they will serve as presenters.

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