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The Starter Wife Super Duper Giveaway

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Oh, those crazy folks in Hollywood. They have such new-fangled ideas about the world.

They like their money, their lifestyles, sometimes going green, liberal guilt, and apparently they do this thing called "starter wives," too. I gather that it's kind of like a "starter home," you know, you buy one when you're young and figure you'll just trade up at a later date when you have more money and therefore appear more attractive to nicer houses. Once you have money those mansions don't care if you're short and bald with a pot belly, they just care about the size of your wallet. So, if your wallet's fat enough, you can dump that ramshackle starter house and get yourself a real house, one that's had tons of plastic surgery and Botox and lipo.

If my starter house… er, wife… looked like Debra Messing I don't think I'd try and trade up, but the basic conceit of the "was a miniseries and is now a real-series" The Starter Wife is that a movie mogul has done just that (no, Debra Messing isn't playing herself, she just stars in it). It premieres on USA Network October 10 at 9pm with a special two-hour episode before settling down to the usual one-hour deal. Or, as the blurb I have in front of me says:

The Emmy Award-winning hit original, The Starter Wife, starring Debra Messing returns this Fall focusing on the post-divorce adventures of Molly Kagan (Messing) as she begins a new chapter in her life. On the heels of its stellar ratings and awards success, USA has brought back the hit miniseries of 2007 as a series with ten exciting episodes, with Emmy Award-winner Messing returning to star and now serving as executive producer. Reprising their roles are three-time Emmy Award-winner Judy Davis (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow) as Joan McAllister and Chris Diamantopoulos (Behind the Camera: Mork & Mindy) as Rodney Evans – Molly's two best friends. Also returning this season as a special guest star is Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) as Lou Manahan, former studio head and former boyfriend of Molly. This season, the series is being filmed entirely in Los Angeles. Visit the official website and join other fans on the official Starter Wife Fan Page on Facebook.

Oh! I almost forgot, you know what else Hollywood-types like? Swag. They like swag. You know, free goodies valued at ridiculous sums of money. And, what better way to promote the new "was a miniseries and is now a real series" than to give away an awesome The Starter Wife tote bag filled with, I'm told, upwards of $1,000 worth of goodies?

One lucky winner is going to get one "sleek and sexy pewter metallic tote with The Starter Wife Logo debossed on the inside label," and inside the tote will be: six (6) makeup brushes with branded case, a three (3) piece Revlon makeup set, branded paddle hairbrush, a Sujean Rim signature Starter Wife t-shirt, a Starter Wife poster, a signature branded scarf, custom Sujean Rim shoe bags (set of 2), an LA Zagat Guide, a journal, a custom Lauren Merkin "Molly" clutch inspired by The Starter Wife, The Starter Wife Limited Series DVD, Bliss products, and boy Shorts (2 pairs). I mean, wow. That's not just regular insane, that's crazy, over-the-top, Hollywood insane.

It's so insane that I feel as though we can't just let one person win all that and be done with it. We're going to let one person win that tote and then 10 other people each win a Sujean Rim signature Starter Wife t-shirt.

The rules are pretty simple (but FYI, you'll find some more on the entry form itself):

  • Fill out the entry form.
  • Entries must be received by October 31, 2008.
  • The winners will be drawn on or after November 1, 2008.
  • The winners will be notified by e-mail and in the comments section below.
  • You must be a U.S. resident to enter.
  • And remember, The Starter Wife starts on USA October 10 at 9pm.

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About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.
  • Peggy Rydzewski

    love this show

  • David

    Awesome prize!

  • eleanor greenly

    love debra messing and this show is great…

    thanks for a great giveaway

  • Patricia Bergman

    Great prize.

  • Alicia

    super duper

  • Christina S.

    Great prize and I would love to win thanks!

  • Geraldine Ballance

    I can’t wait for this show to start again!

  • Theresa Jenkins


  • LM


  • Good prize.

  • Evelyn

    Debra is so funny and endearing!

  • Lydia Wilson

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Deborah Osterman

    Awesome prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • judy brittle

    This would be awesome! Thank you so much!

  • Jennifer R

    This is a great show – I would love to win this!
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  • william watkins, Sr.

    let me win



  • Terra

    Awesome. Thank you so much!!!

  • Okay, I’m in.

  • karen

    great contest


    Have never had the chance to see this series, but I do like Debra Messing very much!

  • Kathy Amos

    Would love to win this!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaque

    Debra Messing is terrific as the Starter Wife! Thank you for this great giveaway! 🙂

  • Deanna L

    I’d really like this prize. Thanks!

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  • Sara Alvaro

    I loved the mini series and love the show.

  • CMC

    Great giveaway – thanks for the opportunity!

  • Karen

    Debra is such a girly girl. She has perfect comic timing and is perky to boot.

  • Dianna Murrah

    Gotta Love Debra–would like to have the DVD

  • sandra jensen

    I enjoy this show! [Personal contact info deleted]

  • michelle arbo

    love it, watch it all the time

  • lynda ball

    Couldn’t live with out Tivo, This is a must to record and rewatch!

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  • Felicia L

    What a great contest thank you. [Personal contact info deleted]

  • Ivy

    This is sooo nice!

  • rlr260

    I’d love to win this package!

  • JRG

    I’d love to win this for my wife!

  • Patrick Morgan

    The little one would love this.

  • wendy martinez

    I would love to win this for myself

  • judy brittle

    This is a really great giveaway. I would love to win this! [Personal contact info deleted]

  • PegiL

    I love Debra Messing

  • Elina Bakamjian

    Love this show!

  • Kat Emerick

    I just love her! I missed a couple of shows but I would love to win this. Thanks for a great giveaway

  • BariV

    Love the show

  • Cindy Begg

    What a girl! They couldn’t have picked a better actress to play this part! I love this giveaway! It’s like watch and win!

  • Jenny Ham

    I would love to win this. Great contest…

  • Angie Brady

    I love starter wife!

  • Eva Mack

    for fun

  • And our big winner is:

    Melissa James

    The winners of the shirts are:

    Judy Sleight
    Paula Harmon
    Paulie Smith
    trudee carreiro
    Vicky Boackle
    Richard Titanic
    Terry Horrocks
    Michelle KennesonStJohn
    susan varney
    Liz Richardson