Life after wife - Emmy(R) winner Debra Messing brings The Starter Wife to Showcase

    Series Premieres with Two-Hour Special Event Wednesday, October 22 at
    10pm ET/PT

    TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Breaking up is hard to do... especially in
Hollywood. The Starter Wife, the ultimate "get over it, move on, pick yourself
back up, you're better off," series starring Debra Messing joins the Showcase
fall schedule. After stellar ratings and Emmy success for the 2007 miniseries,
USA Network commissioned ten exciting episodes that will air exclusively on
Showcase in Canada. The Starter Wife premieres with a special two-hour episode
on Wednesday, October 22 at 10pm ET/PT.
    The addictive series focuses on the post-divorce adventures of
Molly Kagan (Messing), the jilted wife of a movie studio executive who
discovers a world of exciting and slightly frightening possibilities after she
is abandoned by the Hollywood community that once adored her. The official
first season finds Molly, having sworn off men, deciding to get serious about
a writing career. Luckily, she has her loyal friends by her side to help keep
her on track.
    Reprising their roles on The Starter Wife is three-time Emmy
Award(R)-winner Judy Davis as Joan McAllister and Chris Diamantopoulos as
Rodney - Molly's two best friends. Davis won an Emmy(R) for Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role as Joan in 2007. Joe
Mantegna also returns as Lou Manahan, former studio head and former boyfriend
of Molly. New to the series are David Alan Basche (Lipstick Jungle) as Kenny
Kagan, Molly's ex-husband; Danielle Nicolet (Heartland) as Liz Marsh, Molly's
new friend and Canadian Hart Bochner (Die Hard) as Zach, Molly's new love
    "Not only does Debra Messing shine in the role that brings her back to
the small screen, but The Starter Wife ropes viewers in with an entertaining,
irreverent look at what happens when you lose a status that has defined you,"
says Daniel Eves, Vice President, Strategic Scheduling, Specialty, Canwest
Broadcasting. "By portraying the starting over process in such a stylish, sexy
and funny way, it's easy to see why The Starter Wife is an audience and Emmy
success. It's an excellent addition to Showcase's fall schedule and viewers
are going to love it."
    Guest stars this season include Eddie Cibrian (Ugly Betty, Third Watch)
as a detective investigating some suspicious events in Molly's life,
Reggie Austin (Notes from the Underbelly), as Devon Marsh, Liz's husband;
Ronny Cox (The Agency) as Pappy, Joan's husband; Daniel Gerroll (Cashmere
Mafia) as David Shea, a controversial movie star who Joan meets in rehab;
James Black (All of Us) as Felix, a successful action star with a secret;
Krista Allen (Unscripted) as Eve, Molly's nemesis at her daughter's school;
and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) as Robin, a troubled girl that Joan
befriends in rehab.
    The Starter Wife is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Gigi
Levangie Grazer.
    For additional information and images for The Starter Wife and other
Showcase series, please log on to the Canwest Media site at:

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    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty of the country's most popular specialty
channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase,
Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Michelle
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