HBO gives series order to 'Divorce' with Sarah Jessica Parker

HBO orders NYC-set comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is headed for splitsville — the fictional kind, that is. 

On Friday HBO announced a series order for "Divorce," a half-hour comedy about the protracted dissolution of a marriage. 

The actress who played dating columnist and clotheshorse Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons on the groundbreaking series "Sex and the City" is set to return to the network as the executive producer and star of another New York-set half-hour comedy about relationships.

Created by Irish actress, comedian and writer Sharon Horgan, "Divorce" centers on Frances (Parker), "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." The comedy will be Parker's first regular series role more than a decade after the end of "Sex and the City."

Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways") plays Frances' not-so-soon-to-be-ex-husband, who is "surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is different from his."

The cast also includes Talia Balsam ("Mad Men") and Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live," "Englightened") as Frances' gal pals.

Creator Horgan is best known for "Pulling," a BBC comedy about three single female friends living in London, which she created and starred in. 

The pilot episode of "Divorce" was directed by Jesse Peretz, who has helmed numerous episodes of HBO's "Girls" and Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."

The series will premiere on HBO this year and, like "Sex and the City," will film in New York City. Whether it will feature Parker's character contemplating the mysteries of the human heart while sitting at her laptop and sipping a giant latte remains to be seen.

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