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Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to HBO for ‘Divorce’

(Reuters) — Sarah Jessica Parker has officially signed onto star in and exec produce HBO’s comedy pilot, “Divorce,” making her return to the net after “Sex And The City.”

HBO has given a formal pilot order to the project, which will also star Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam, Variety has learned.

The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. The “Sex And The City” star will play one half of the divorced couple, Frances, a woman who suddenly reassesses her life and marriage and realizes that a fresh start is much harder than she thought.

Church will star as Parker’s on-screen husband, Robert who’s caught off guard by his wife’s perspective on their marriage.

Shannon and Balsam have been cast as Parker’s girlfriends. Shannon will play Frances’ high-strung friend, Diane, who has a successful husband, beautiful home, but no children, and Balsam will play Dallas, a close friend who has been widowed and divorced.

Sharon Horgan and Paul Simms penned the pilot and will serve as exec producers, alongside Parker, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan. Jesse Peretz will direct.

The project hails from HBO Original Programming, Kapital Entertainment, Pretty Matches Productions and Merman Films.

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