US crits: Judy Davis “spectacular”
Critics are raving over our Judy in the series version of The Starter Wife.
The new series of The Starter Wife, the miniseries that was shot in Queensland, has just nabbed good reviews in the US.
Produced for the USA Network, it again features Judy Davis who won an Emmy for her role, is being lauded by critics. Miranda Otto is absent this time around, probably because she went over to the short-lived Cashmere Mafia.
Meanwhile, Hollywood loves our Judy, who has no less than ten Emmy nominations, and three wins. Add to that another 6 Golden Globe and 2 Oscar nominations.
Here’s a sample of what they’ve been saying.
Variety: Davis, however, is so good in her part as the newly sober Joan that, signed only for three episodes, her eventual absence risks unbalancing the show. While the characters here haven’t yet had the chance to become as interesting as Carrie Bradshaw and company, this great adaptation of Gigi Levangie Grazer’s story should help fill the void left by “Sex and the City.”
Hollywood Reporter: Years of honing her comedy skills on “Will & Grace” have turned Messing into a superb comic actress. It’s worth watching just to see her expressions as she gets in and out of predicaments, including especially the theft of her journal, with its treasure trove of embarrassing stories. Add to that, the spectacular Davis, whose hilariously cynical Joan struggles with sobriety while holding down a part-time job at a ritzy residential rehab. There, her nemesis is spoiled actor David Shea (guest star Daniel Gerroll), who finds new and imaginative ways to get away and get drunk.
LA Times: As Molly’s best friend, Davis, Emmy notwithstanding, is also better served this time out. Her hapless alcoholism in the first season grew wearing. Now sober and working as a chauffeur-minder for a rehab spa and saddled with the care of a difficult Irish actor ( Daniel Gerroll) with whom she will probably have an affair, she gets to be funny and spiky and not just out of control.
No sign of an Aussie screening just yet…..