Friday 19 January 2018

Sharon teams up with SJP for new network comedy

Sharon Horgan
Sharon Horgan

IRISH comedian Sharon Horgan looks set for US success as her latest television series has been picked up by a major US network.

The writer (45), who is a sister of Irish rugby player-turned-pundit Shane Horgan, has had her latest comedy work Divorce commissioned to be made into a series by HBO.

The show, which will star Hollywood actress Sarah Jessica Parker, was optioned by the channel earlier this year and has now been given the go ahead to shoot a full season.

The new series will be Sarah Jessica Parker's first role on the small screen since the hugely popular Sex In The City finished in 2004.

The fashionista, who is famous for playing the role of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, will once again hit the streets of New York to film the new show later this year.

In a plot very different from Carrie's single life woes, Divorce will tell the story of a woman trying to divorce her husband who finds the process is a lot more difficult than she expected.

Also starring in the series is Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam. Sharon, operating under her own production company Merman, will continue to be the executive producer of the show.

The TV star took to Twitter to reveal her disbelief at the news, tweeting, "Holy s**t".

The home-grown comic has also had three of her previous UK TV shows - Pulling, Bad Management, Dead Boss - made into pilots in the US, but this is her first time to make a full series in the states.


Speaking to the Herald earlier this year, the Meath native revealed that she got on with Sarah Jessica Parker like a house on fire when they first met to discuss the show.

"It's luck and chemistry," she explained. "She'd been looking for something, so HBO sent her some of my work and set us up on a date. She liked my stuff and we got on well."

The UK-based comedian has already achieved huge success with black comedy Catastrophe, which she both wrote and starred in along with American comic Rob Delaney.

The Channel 4 show aired earlier this year and has been since commissioned for a second season.

The series, which tells the story of a couple that find out they're expecting a baby just weeks after they start seeing one another, is based on the actress's personal experience with her now husband Jeremy Rainbird.

The pair, who are now parents to two daughters, discovered Sharon was just pregnant six months into their relationship.

"That is what happened to me so it made sense to write about it," she said.

She explained how she managed to find common ground with her co-writer Rob on the topic of being in a relationship when children are involved.

"I couldn't have written it four years ago. I had to get further down the line and realise how brutally hard having children is, then hear Rob talk about it so viscerally in his stand-up," she said.

"We liked the idea of writing about how hard it is to stay in love and in a relationship when you've got kids."

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