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    The Starter Wife on USA

    I have no experience as a "starter wife" however I have lots of experience with living in Los Angeles.

    Debra Messing as "The Starter Wife" plays Molly Kagan and I hadn't actually seen the pilot to know the premise of the show until I went on line to watch.

    The ability to watch TV shows on the Internet is great because it's free, has much fewer commercials and allows you to catch up on the beginning episodes of a show.

    In the pilot which I viewed on line, Molly's husband and young daughter seem to be the model family until he drops the bomb and says he wants to move on.

    As a nighttime soap about the entertainment industry in L.A. I think it ranks nicely in the genre. It's a "dramedy" in that it has both comic and dramatic elements and as a side plot Molly has written a memoir which is stolen and publicized as a "tell all" about her close friends and family at the same time she and her husband are making attempts to reunite.

    The exposed diary adds extra conflict to their relationship.

    As an ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss starts her life after her divorce, based on the novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, Messing as Kagan makes the rich and famous lifestyle palatable by bringing it down to a more human level of upsets, mistakes and the same kind of personal conflicts everyone has.

    Judy Davis plays her best friend and Joe Montegna plays an ally and good friend also.

    Years ago I had a good friend in L.A. who used to date the then unknown John Stewart. When I was out in Los Angeles she couldn't take five minutes to run over to see me and we had a falling out over something stupid, but it was driven home to me how selfish and single minded people can be. I guess that's true with any social group, but it seems especially true out in L.A. I had come 3,000 miles out there and was unable to get into her apartment in my wheelchair but she made no effort to meet me.

    It seems trite when I tell it now but it hurt me at the time. Overall, looking back on that situation, I’m glad it’s behind me and it certainly adds to my massive volume of L.A. memories.

    But Molly is trapped there in the series and is trying to find her way as she tries to write her way through therapy with a show called “Wife Goes On.”

    And so it does. Tune in if the show sounds interesting to you. It’s on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on the U.S.A. network.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com