Lipstick Jungle -- An early look
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 7th 2008 8:00AM
Are you in need for a TV series that may fill the void left by the departure years ago of the Sex and the City ladies and Cashmere Mafia ain't working for you? You may be interested to know that Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price return to the small screen this week in the new NBC dramedy Lipstick Jungle, based on a novel penned by SatC author, Candace Bushnell.
Gallery: Lipstick Jungle
The series follows Nico, Wendy, and Victory, three powerful and confident women who must face joys and deceptions both at work and in their personal lives. In an interview with AOL, Brooke Shields says of the series that "It's the reality of putting on different hats. Going into that meeting and then when that meeting is over, you're BlackBerry-ing your nanny to make sure your kids get to school and to their play dates. And then you're running off to another meeting to make sure Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't go off and make that other film. It's about these characters multi-tasking, but in a realistic way." As hinted by Shields, her character, Wendy, works in the movie business. Nico, played by 24's Kim Raver, is editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine and hopes to get promoted as CEO. Beverly Hills, 90210's Lindsay Price plays designed Victory.
A few months ago, I had the chance to watch the Lipstick Jungle pilot. Even if a few scenes were reshot and at least one actor was replaced, what I saw gave me a good idea of what the show will be like: it's not easy being a woman in a leadership role in a men's world. There is a good balance between work and family time which will help keep the series interesting and the storylines are compelling enough to keep us watching. The pilot offers good background on the characters in order to have the viewer start caring about them from the start.
Before watching the pilot, I had my doubts about the casting of Lindsay Price. I mostly remembered her for her work on Beverly Hills, 90210 and, more recently, Pepper Dennis and I wasn't sure that she would be able to deliver the goods in Jungle, especially next to Brooke Shields and Kim Raver. Even if Price is still not the greatest actress on TV, she gives a fair performance as the free-spirited Victory.
One actor to watch for is Andrew McCarthy, who offers a Lipstick Jungle diary this week at Slate.com. I wasn't expecting to see him in the pilot, so I was pleasantly surprised to see him appear on screen (I had a crush on him during his Mannequin days) and offer a performance that has some depth (especially when compared to what he did in comedies such as Weekend at Bernie's). He plays a not-so-lovable-at-first-glance multi-billionaire who gets into a relationship with Victory.
Don't expect Lipstick Jungle to be the next big TV hit. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable series to fill in your empty viewing schedule because of the strike, Jungle may do the trick.
Lipstick Jungle premieres tonight (February 7) on NBC at 10 p.m. ET/PT.