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‘Divorce’ Premiere: Sarah Jessica Parker Sparkles in Return to HBO’s Red Carpet

Sarah Jessica Parker dazzled in her return to red carpet duty for HBO on Tuesday at the New York premiere of “Divorce.”

The actress wore a gem-encrusted purple Dolce & Gabbana frock that impressed, but it was her presence that lit up the screening at the SVA Theater and after-party around the corner at La Sirena. Coming back to HBO more than a decade after “Sex and the City” ended was an exciting and emotional process, especially as she had a hand in developing “Divorce” from the get-go, Parker said. The half-hour dramedy bows on Sunday.

Of making the segue from “SATC’s” Carrie Bradshaw to “Divorce’s” soon-to-be single Frances, Parker said simply: “I just went with it.” She emphasized that it was intriguing for her to tackle a character who has a markedly different relationship with men, her career and even the city of New York.

Parker walked the carpet (which was actually sky-blue) with her husband Matthew Broderick in tow. The two more than once assured inquisitive reporters that their marriage is strong and that they’ve managed to remain good friends on top of everything else.

Series creator Sharon Horgan said the “Divorce” team is already working on plans for season two in the hopes that the series lands a pickup from HBO. “There’s a million places it can go,” Horgan said.

Horgan herself is on the go as of today back to her native U.K. where she is preparing to film the new season of her romantic comedy “Catastrophe,” which airs on Amazon in the U.S. Juggling “Catastrophe,” in which she also stars, and “Divorce” at the same time has made for a lot of reflection on the nature of romance and relationships. “There’s been no trouble trying to work out what material went where,” Horgan joked.

“Divorce” exec producer Paul Simms asserted that the HBO series is more about marriage than it is about the un-coupling process. “This show is about a marriage,” he said. “We just examine it retroactively in the rear-view mirror.”

Among the guests who turned out for “Divorce” proceedings were Parker’s “SATC” co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Mario Cantone, Jerry Seinfeld, “Watch What Happens Live’s” Andy Cohen, CBS News’ Jane Pauley, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and actresses Lorraine Bracco and Alysia Reiner.

The screening of the first two episodes let out a few minutes before the start of the televised debate of vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. Casey Bloys, HBO’s original programming president, promised that the debate would be running on multiple screens during the after-party “for those who care about the fate of the Republic.”

(Pictured: “Divorce’s” Thomas Haden Church, HBO’s Richard Plepler, Sarah Jessica Parker and HBO’s Casey Bloys)

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