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The Starter Wife: Molly Gets a New Love Interest

I don't think I'm alone in saying that one of the few things I truly disliked about last Summer's The Starter Wife miniseries was the ending, when Molly (Debra Messing) chose to hook up with the (formerly?) homeless Sam rather than strike out on her own for a while. It wasn't just that I wanted Molly to flaunt her "single and fabulous" status — it was that Sam wasn't a great character, and the actor in the role, Stephen Moyer, lacked a certain . . . oomph.

So it's music to my ears that Molly might — just might — be kicking Sam to the curb when the series version of The Starter Wife begins this Fall. Some casting news has been announced for the 10-episode series, including Hart Bochner joining the show as a love interest for Molly. Bochner will play Zach, a character who starts out as Molly's writing teacher and then moves on to other, presumably more personal entanglements.

Molly's also getting a new sidekick: Liz Marsh, played by Danielle Nicolet. She might be taking the place of Molly's friend Cricket, as Miranda Otto is yet to sign on to the series (though at least we know she's not busy with Cashmere Mafia). Judy Davis will be back as Joan, though, and Chris Diamantopoulos will return as Rodney. Joe Mantegna will be back in a limited capacity as a "special guest," too. Several other folks will be making guest appearances, including Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development. We'll also see a new actress in the role of Molly's daughter, in addition to the new Kenny Kagan.

The show is currently slated to start in October on USA. Do you think you'll be revisiting this story?

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DCStar DCStar 9 years
I'm excited Judy Davis will be back. She is SUCH a talented actress. Truly a joy to watch on the screen. For another wonderful role of hers, see Marie Antoinette.
Hautie Hautie 9 years
I am looking forward to it returning. I liked Debra Messing in this show. And with Joan (Judy Davis) returning makes it all the better. She really was great as the snarky best friend. I do love the addition of Hart Bochner. I can't agree more about the Sam character. Was not crazy about him. So I am not sad to see him leave. But I am sad to know the actor who was Kenny is not returning.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i really enjoyed the show - so i'm glad that it's coming back - i'll just have to see if it can manage to maintain itself - it was good for a mini-series -but for a full season..we'll just have to wait and see. with all the changes though, in characters - it'll be interesting/hard to follow.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Yeah, I watched the miniseries... but it was pretty bad. :/ I hated that she ended up with Sam too - he was so obnoxious and awkward. I don't know.... I really didn't like any of the characters when all is said and done. I probably won't be watching the sequel.
spaghetina spaghetina 9 years
Blah... why are they changing the whole cast around? I may be in the minority, but I LOVED this miniseries. I couldn't get enough of it, and I've only just had the heart to delete it from my ancient TiVo recently. I liked everyone they had in every role, with the exception of Sam, and I didn't even mind him. I hope they don't ruin the whole feel of the show by not bringing back enough of the people who made it special to begin with, Cricket being one of them.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I HATED Sam the homeless guy. He was an awful character. I hope he doesn't appear at all in the second season.
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
This show was awful, but for some reason I couldn't stop watching it... I'm sure I'll be back for season 2 :)
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