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Much Of New Bravo Series ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ Inspired By Real Life

By Rick Bentley
The Fresno Bee.

LOS ANGELES

Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” is inspired by the “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine. But, a lot of the bases for stories are coming from things that happened to executive producer and series creator Marti Noxon or to people she knows.

“In episode 3, Abby gets eight of her fingers stuck in between two panels of a window that crashes on her hands, and it seems a little crazy, and she’s in her underpants,” Noxon says. “That happened to me when I was alone. I had eight of my fingers stuck in a window in my nighty, and there was nobody there to rescue me.

“At the same time, I was sort of like, ‘Oh, my God. I live by myself now and these are my fingers. I’m a writer. Oh, my God!’ We ended up having to call the paramedics. I screamed until somebody came and helped me.”

This kind of real-life event is just one of many that will go into the new series that follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author and guru of all things family, who shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie.

Abby turns to her new divorced friends, rather than her married ones, for advice. Her friend Lyla (Janeane Garofalo, “Reality Bites”) is a legendary no-nonsense entertainment lawyer and Phoebe (Beau Garrett, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) is a former model and budding entrepreneur who has a very unique relationship with her ex.

The way Noxon, whose previous producing credits include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Mad Men,” tells it, she’s got plenty of stories to use. And, they just keep coming.

As she was driving to the interview, Noxon got a text from her business manager saying that her last alimony payment had been made.

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