According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO’s comedy series Divorce will end after its currently airing season three. Season three premiered on Monday July 1, 2019 and only has six episodes to its run, making it the shortest season in the series. But no one on the project feels deterred by the shorter order; in fact, star and producer Sarah Jessica Parker says, “Between scheduling and complicated lives and actors, it was a confluence of things that came together that helped us decide that six was something that we wanted to do. And we felt confidence that Liz could achieve what we were all hoping for [in] this final look at Frances and Robert.” For comparison, season one and two each enjoyed eight and ten episode runs respectively.
As the title would suggest, the series follows a couple going through a murky divorce. The couple, Frances and Robert Dufresne, are portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church respectively. Parker says, “It feels to me as if the first season we were pretty entrenched in battle and it was not surprising to reveal that neither Frances nor Robert were very good at divorce; most people aren’t. By the end of last season [the second season], it started to feel as if Frances had made peace with the unforeseen complexities of being free from the marriage. So, this season feels like a genuine fresh start. For both Frances and Robert, it appears as if they’re on a path that feels more in their control.”
Speaking of fresh starts, while Divorce may be ending, Parker and her company Pretty Matches Productions will maintain a first-look deal with HBO, a company Parker has had ties to for over fourteen years. This is good for both Parker and HBO, as while Parker has a large slate of projects in mind, HBO is currently on the hunt for good new original projects. Following their acquisition by WarnerMedia and the series of finales of several key shows such as Game of Thrones and Veep, the pressure is on for them to pick up good new content.
This is where Parker comes in, as her company has been sitting on a slew of interesting projects for several years while they primarily focused on Divorce, reports Deadline. Some of the projects include Big Game, Meg, and Peaches, with their respective loglines below.
Big Game – A limited series geopolitical thriller exploring the interconnected web of the illegal ivory trade, anchored in the varying yet overlapping perspectives of a biologist in the national park in Africa; the park rangers; a young poacher; a US Fish & Wildlife agent; and a smuggler on the high seas.
Meg – Set 35 years in the future, pharma and tech have developed the opportunity for people to be prescribed clones of themselves…and what happens when you come face to face with yourself?
Peaches – An ensemble series about an all-female, adult kickball league in the south, and the wildly diverse women in the league in need of a big life change.
Divorce airs on Mondays at 10pm PST on HBO.