A collection of new television shows depicting the lives of divorced women are in the making, revealing a growing trend towards divorce-related entertainment with an emphasis on divorce comedy. Sarah Jessica Parker, Shonda Rhimes, and Janeane Garofalo are among the big names starring in new shows about life after divorce – and not only are the shows about divorced women, but they are mostly written by and produced by woman as well.
Bravo’s new fall lineup includes a second season of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, a comedy created by Marti Noxon starring Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo. Meanwhile, HBO has picked up Sharon Horgan’s new single-camera comedy Divorce, which features Sarah Jessica Parker in her first television role since Sex and the City.
Earlier this year, Younger premiered on TV Land, centered on the antics of a 40-year-old divorcee who decides she’ll have better luck re-entering the job market if she pretends to be 26. Younger, which will return for a second season in 2016, was created by Darren Star and based on a book by female author Pamela Redmond Satran.
Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beer have also announced they will also star in a new divorce comedy written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that life after divorce has found a place in the world of TV comedy. After all, divorce is a relatable experience for many viewers, both male and female. Even those who have not gone through a divorce personally are likely to have experienced the process secondhand from friends or family members.
A study recently revealed that women initiate the majority of divorces, which may provide insight as to why so many of these new divorce-centered comedies are being spearheaded by powerful women.