Thomas Haden Church, Others Join HBO's Divorce Comedy Pilot, Opposite Sarah Jessica Parker

Thomas Haden Church Divorce

Emmy winner Thomas Haden Church is set to get slapped with a Divorce by Sarah Jessica Parker, as the male lead of HBO’s comedy pilot about “a very, very long divorce.”

Sex and the City alum Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break is harder than she thought. Church will play Robert, the man who is surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is quite different from his.

Church’s TV credits include the miniseries Broken Trail (for which he won an Emmy), Wings and Ned & Stacey, while his film resume includes Sideways (for which he netted an Oscar nom) and Spider-Man 3 (as Sandman).

Additionally, Divorce has added Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon as Diane, Frances’ high-strung friend with a successful husband, beautiful house and zero kids, while Talia Balsam (Mad Men) will play another of Frances’ gal pals, Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced.

Parker is an executive producer on the pilot, alongside writers Sharon Horgan (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) and Paul Simms (NewsRadio), Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan. Jesse Peretz (Girls, Nurse Jackie) will direct the pilot.

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  1. K says:

    This literally sounds like Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. Not a bad thing, love that show and it’s exciting to see SJP back on tv, really hope this gets picked up

  2. herman1959 says:

    Nope, it’s just doesn’t sound like it’ll be worth making room in my increasingly crowded (now with the addition of The Slap) TV schedule.

  3. ... says:

    So ready for SJP to return to TV. And this sounds right in my TV strike zone.

  4. Heathers says:

    I don’t find Molly Shannon entertaining or talented in any way. She seems an odd fit with SJP. I think Talia Balsam fits well. Maybe Molly will walk around her stunning house smelling her armpits and peruse her collection of junk she bought on eBay.