Bravo’s first original scripted series in years, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” is about the newly single Abby (Lisa Edelstein) navigating the dating world after a divorce. So yes, it does have that in common with another very famous show about the love lives of big-city women, “Sex and the City.” But just because Abby is in her 40s doesn’t mean she’s a Samantha.
“I think there’s an obvious comparison to ‘Sex and the City,’ and I’m flattered by those because that show obviously was a phenomenon,” says creator Marti Noxon on a conference call with reporters ahead of the show’s premiere. “But I think that if we had a hope in terms of comparison, Abby is the new Carrie because it’s not about age anymore, it’s about the quest.”
Adds Edelstein, “Our show isn’t so much about the romping — the sexual romps. It’s a little bit more of a raw exploration of what it means to find yourself in the world again.”
Edelstein says she can relate to Abby because she feels at ease with herself as a woman in her 40s that she didn’t have before. “I think that it really is the kind of sex appeal that comes as you get older, that sort of comfort in your own skin,” she says. “I know in my 20s, I really was a scared chicken, and it took me a very long time to figure out what me was. … I feel like I really hit my stride in my 40s.
“It’s such a great feeling and I love that this show celebrates that.”
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” premieres Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.