Adam Markovitz
September 14, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Starter Wife

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
276 minutes
run date
05/31/07-06/28/07
performer
Debra Messing, Judy Davis
broadcaster
USA
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a D+

The best-selling roman ?á clef from Tinseltown doyenne Gigi Levangie Grazer stumbled onto TV less than four months ago as a stagy, stagnant mini-series. This rush-job DVD doesn’t right any wrongs for The Starter Wife. The plot — a jilted Hollywood wife (Debra Messing) attempts life after marriage — lurches from murder mystery to farce, while burying a cast of pros (including a hammy, Kabuki-faced Judy Davis) under one-note characters. EXTRAS None, unless you count the ability to fast-forward through the embarrassing movie spoofs that open each episode. D+

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