January 13, 2018

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2 CHANNELS January 13 - 19, 2018 ON THE COVER | DIVORCE By Kat Mulligan TV Media A s you select the perfect invitations and the song for your first dance, or slice into that beautifully overpriced wedding cake, you're likely not pondering the "D" word. Surrounded by love and hap- piness, the wedding day goes by so quickly that it can be a challenge to remember how you got there in the first place. As the years pass, it can be harder still to remem- ber why you've stayed. No one likes to talk about it, but mar- riages do end, and seldom do things go smoothly. Perhaps this is why "Divorce," with season 2 premiering Sunday, Jan. 14, on HBO, resonates deeply with so many of its viewers. The series first aired on Oct. 9, 2016, and its pilot episode quickly jumped into the often hush-hush topic of divorce with a gen- erous touch of dry humor. Frances Dufresne (Sarah Jessica Parker, "Sex and the City") and her husband, Robert (Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways," 2004), have spent sev- eral years together, but Frances has grown to realize that their marriage isn't working and that she has fallen out of love with him. She wants a divorce. What follows, after the initial shock (and vomiting), is all too relatable for those who have experienced this life-altering event. Accusations fly, discussions of affairs, both emotional and physical, abound, property is destroyed or discarded, and their children are caught somewhere in between. When mediation isn't enough, Frances and Robert both acquire their own lawyers to ease the process, though it seems that they, along with well-meaning family and friends, fur- ther expand the divide between husband and wife, creating reluctant enemies out of once friends. A unique trait of the series is the willing- ness to put divorce front and center — to have a subject often confined to whis- pered conversations and out of the public sphere thrust out into the open. For Parker, this was the series' great appeal. While discussing "Divorce" during AOL's Build Series, Parker reflected that while "there [are] lots of television shows about fami- lies and marriages" that are "very buoyant" and often "really cozy," there was a lack of shows willing to tackle divorce. Parker was interested in portraying this other, less joy- ous but equally familiar aspect of modern life, as "all of us know somebody who has contemplated divorce, been divorced, sur- vived divorce ... divorce was their undoing." The need to have a show that would ex- plore this, both dramatically and with a dash of necessary wit, was key for Parker, and why she had long championed the series, working toward seeing it realized for nearly four years prior to the start of its production. The season 1 finale of "Divorce" exempli- fied the pettiness that the process brings out in both parties. A decision by Frances and her lawyer, Elaine (J. Smith-Cameron, "Margaret," 2011), to freeze Robert's ac- cess to funds halts his ability to move forward with his own business pursuits, all while Frances celebrates the opening of her own dream: the Hudson River Contemporary Gallery. Robert makes it up to her, however, by initially agreeing to let Frances take their children — Tom (Charlie Kilgore, "Moonrise Kingdom," 2012) and Lila (Sterling Jerins, "World War Z," 2013) — skiing during his weekend with them, only to call the police on her, ending the potential bliss of a getaway. It's no surprise then that season 2 estab- lishes that the divorce has been made legal right from the start. The trailers emphasize the possibilities that lie ahead once the legal process has been finalized. Discussions of freedom and being able to pursue new relationships and experiences abound, but it isn't surprising for either Frances or Robert to realize that life isn't any less complicated. Trying to juggle being good parents while navigating the world of dating and learning to accept the changes in their own ways of Life after marriage starts with season 2 of 'Divorce' Alone together Eye MD 2 x 9.375

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