Will “Divorce” bring about the end for Carrie Bradshaw?

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As I struggled to prepare for this dreadful midterm week that is now upon us, I found myself procrastinating and distracting myself with HBO’s newest show, Divorce. Premiered on Sunday night, Sarah Jessica Parker leads the show, starring as Frances, a woman who has suddenly decided to reassess her life and her marriage, and attempts to create a fresh start from her current situation (married with kids living in upstate New York). Co-starred by Thomas Haden Church who plays the role as Frances’s husband, Robert, the show follows the failing marriage between the two, and the awkward, enraging, and heart-breaking stages that come with divorce.

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In the show, SJP moves away from her widely-known character as Carrie Bradshaw, the adventurous and young sex columnist in the HBO series, Sex and the City, and takes on a much more serious and mature role as Frances. I wonder, will SJP be able to escape the shadow of Carrie? Her face has become so widely recognized in Hollywood as the face of Carrie Bradshaw that I wonder if she’ll be able to break away from her character of the early 2000s.

The show will most likely attract audiences and fan-lovers of Parker’s previous role as Carrie, however, I must warn those young romance-seeking viewers that Divorce differs drastically from the fun, upbeat and saucy storyline of Sex and the City. Instead, the comedy-drama offers an inside look into a failing marriage, and the problems and stress that come with divorce.

From simply watching the pilot episode, I found it refreshing to watch a series that challenges the typical Hollywood perfect-relationship theme. With raw and genuine emotions, the show delivers the naked truth about marriage, and the challenges that come with raising a family.

Check out this article for a more in-depth analysis of the first episode and the show.

– Eleanor Raether

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5 Responses to Will “Divorce” bring about the end for Carrie Bradshaw?

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I honestly can’t see SJP without seeing Carrie Bradshaw. I am interested to see how this show will do with ratings and whether or not it will impact her past image as Carrie. The similar themes of romance and relationships might entice Sex and The City viewers, but from this post I don’t think people who want more Carrie Bradshaw should expect Divorce to bring her back. However I am still intrigued on how the show will handle divorce as it can be taken in so many different directions.
    – Ziba Klein

  2. mediaphiles says:

    You raise a good point, but I think it depends on the quality of the actor/actress. Friends was a huge success, but Jennifer Aniston is not solely Rachel Green. Carrie Bradshaw is different though, because she was the main character and the narrator. I would be interested to watch the show. Can I imagine Sarah Jessica Parker in an unhappy marriage leading to divorce? Or is that just so uncharacteristic for an actress that is synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw? – Andrew Guido

  3. mediaphiles says:

    You bring up a very interesting question. I’m not sure if SJP can overcome her Carrie role. Especially since it is the same network producing the show, and therefore a very similar fan base. I wonder if the show was on one of the big four networks if she could overshadow her Carrie? – Katie Nelson

  4. mediaphiles says:

    I recently watched an interview with Emily Blunt about her film The Girl on the Train, which also stars Lisa Kudrow. Blunt’s character’s name is Rachel, and Kudrow’s was originally named Monica, but while filming in Grand Central, New Yorkers heard an announcement about “Rachel and Monica” and saw Lisa Kudrow come out – some of them had what Blunt called an “aneurysm” at the thought of a Friends reunion, so they changed Kudrow’s charcter’s name to Martha. Some actors will never be able to escape the association of their iconic roles! But I agree with Andrew, a lot of times when I’m watching something completely separate I can disassociate. Like when I watch Hocus Pocus, I’m not thinking about Carrie Bradshaw. But maybe her character in Divorce is similar enough to hers in SITC. -Kristina Kokkonos

  5. marymdalton says:

    I have recorded this but not yet watched it. (Good luck this week!)

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