LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Novelist Gigi Levangie
Grazer, whose best-seller "The Starter Wife" became a
critically and commercially successful miniseries for USA
Network, is venturing into series television with a
comedy-drama at NBC.
The project revolves around a couple in their 30s who are
going though a divorce, but continue to live together.
"The theme of it can be summed up as, 'I hate you, hold
me,"' said Levangie Grazer, who is in the process of divorcing
her second husband, producer Brian Grazer. "It's taking on the
idea that divorce is the new marriage."
Levangie Grazer thinks that acrimonious divorces are "so
1990s," replaced by happily co-existing exes in the mold of
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She even coined a term for today's
men who remain in their former wives' lives.
"He is a was-husband, not ex-husband," Levangie Grazer
said. "I think there is a new, evolved way to get through
divorce, and I hope to capture that."
In the untitled project, which has received a script
commitment from the network, the divorcing couple -- a college
professor moonlighting as a controversial political blogger,
and his wife, who works at a private school and volunteers at a
juvenile prison -- don't have enough money to separate right
away, so the husband continues to live under the same roof with
his wife and their two children, ages 14 and 8.
"It's not 'War of the Roses,' but there is a lot of
conflict as they're trying to navigate in-laws, dating and
friends," Levangie Grazer said.
Levangie Grazer took her first stab at writing series
television in 2004 with "The Colony," a pilot script for ABC
set at Malibu Colony.
On the longform side, she recently teamed with Lifetime to
develop a miniseries based on her novel "Maneater."
"The Starter Wife," starring Debra Messing as a woman
coming to grips with her new place in Hollywood after being
dumped by her studio-executive husband for a younger model,
earned 10 Emmy nominations. USA has been mulling turning it
into a series.