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Sarah Jessica Parker’s HBO Pilot ‘Divorce’ Casts Molly Shannon and Thomas Haden Church

”No Strings Attached“ actress Talia Balsam also among cast

After examining the difficulties of the single life with HBO, Sarah Jessica Parker is exploring the hardships of marriage with the premium cable channel — and she’s found a couple new castmates to do so with her.

The HBO comedy pilot “Divorce,” which will star “Sex and the City” alum Parker, has cast “Sideways” actor Thomas Haden Church and Molly Shannon.

The half-hour offering will tell the story of a very, very long divorce. Parker, who’s also executive producing, will play Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

Church will play Frances’ husband Robert, who is surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is different from his. Shannon has been cast as Diane, Frances’ high-strung friend who has a successful husband, a beautiful house, and no children.

The cast also includes “No Strings Attached” actress Talia Balsam. Balsam will play Dallas, another friend of Frances’ who has been both widowed and divorced.

Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”) and Paul Simms (“NewsRadio) are writing and executive producing. Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan are also executive producing.

Jesse Peretz (HBO’s “Girls”) is set to direct.

CAA, Jen Turner at Viking Entertainment and Michael S Gendler of the law firm of Gendler & Kelly represent Church.

United Talent Agency represents Shannon.