There is no escaping 'chick lit' these days. Since Bridget Jones was introduced to the world, the role model for single thirtysomething professional women has been smart, sarcastic, independent and starving to fit into this season's Comme des Garcons. The latest novels by Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella fly off bookshop shelves and the film adaptations of The Devil Wears Prada and Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber seem to be on cable television every other week. While critics have called chick lit the self-indulgent whining of white, upper-middle-class American and western European women, its popularity has spawned sub-genres such as 'chica lit', targeting Latina women of the equivalent social classes, and 'hen lit', or 'mum lit', for married/divorced 'chicks' with children (not to mention 'lad lit', with authors such as Ben Elton, Mike Gayle and Nick Hornby). As fans of chick-lit goddess Candace Bushnell eagerly anticipate the arrival of Sex and The City: The Movie, they can stave off their hunger pangs with a Hollywood hen-lit tale. The Starter Wife (tonight at 9pm on the Hallmark Channel) was made into a mini-series format with the help of its author, Gigi Levangie Grazer. Grazer nails Tinseltown in her satirical and wickedly funny fictional send-up, and the television version has already been nominated for 10 Emmy awards. Debra Messing (Will and Grace, The Wedding Date) stars as Molly Kagan, the soon-to-be-ex-wife of Hollywood executive Kenny, who dumps her over the phone for a Britney Spears look-alike pop starlet half his age. Kagan, the consummate 'wife of', having run her husband's social life and household with peerless precision for nearly 10 years, now finds her status drastically changed to 'starter wife'. Sound familiar? In the two-hour pilot (after which there are four one-hour episodes), Kagan is rescued twice by different men. Once, from social obscurity by Kenny's enigmatic boss, Lou Manahan (Joe Mantegna) - he sees something special in Kagan and wants her to succeed despite her pariah status - and once, from drowning by gorgeous beach bum Sam (Stephen Moyer), who then asks Kagan if her life was worth saving. Messing hits a perfectly groomed note as Kagan. She balances funny with sexy; hardboiled ridicule of Hollywood with vulnerability. As Grazer says of the LA gossip mill: 'In a few years, all of it will be forgotten. None of it matters. So, just enjoy it.' This might come in handy when you tune in for The Starter Wife. Back on Earth, CNN reporter Anderson Cooper (above, with children from the Kraho tribe in Brazil) believes there are some urgent issues at hand in Planet in Peril - a four-hour documentary aired in two parts (parts one and two premiere on CNN at 9pm, Wednesday and Thursday respectively). Cooper - along with Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta - travel to 13 countries to bring us up-to-date visuals on environmental issues: effects of global warming in Greenland, deforestation in Brazil and over-population in China. Finally, Asia's Music Platform (AMP) website celebrates its one-year anniversary with the launch of My AMP on Channel [V] (premiering Tuesday at 7pm). Fans can find out how bands make it and who will be the next big thing in Asia.