Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam– daughter of famed Jewish actor Martin Balsam — have all been added to the cast of the pilot for Sarah Jessica Parker’s new show for HBO titled “Divorce.”
Parker will both star in and executive produce the show.
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“Divorce” marks Parker’s return to HBO, the network that made her famous from the 90s hit show “Sex and the City.” Let’s face it, Parker needs HBO now more than it needs her. She has not had success in movies and has yet to prove that she can succeed in anything other than “City.”
The new show from British writer and actress Sharon Horgan centers on the story of a long drawn out divorce. Parker will play a middle aged woman named Frances – not a case of casting against type – who decides to pursue divorce at the behest of her friends. Things get complicated when her husband finds out that she has been having an affair.
Church, who is best known for the TV show Wings and the movie “Sideways, ” will play Frances’ husband Robert, who is surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is different from his. This will mark his first regular television role in almost 20 years should the program get picked up.
Shannon, who starred on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, has been cast as Diane, Frances’ high-strung friend who has a successful husband, a beautiful house, and no children.
Talia Balsam, who is best known for playing Mona Sterling on Mad Men, is set to play Dallas, Frances’ close friend, who has been both widowed and divorced.