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Lipstick Jungle: Pilot (series premiere)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 8th 2008 12:45AM
Lipstick Jungle(S01E01) Earlier today, I gave you a take on what I thought NBC's new dramedy Lipstick Jungle was like. The series, based on a novel penned by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, premiered with a slightly revamped pilot and a whole lot of promos for Maybelline.

I won't rehash what I said in my early look post since there weren't enough changes between the two versions of the pilot. The main change is the recast of Wendy's husband (Paul Blackthorne took over the role held by Christopher Wiehl); a good move if you ask me. Wiehl's performance in the pilot wasn't believable and strong enough. Blackthorne is more fitting in the role and will bring in a nice flavor to the show thanks to his English background.

Even if Jungle is not the next big TV hit, I liked the somewhat complex characters and their storylines from the pilot enough to tune in next week. I'm particularly rooting for Victory and Joe mainly because he's a jerk who hides a charming man underneath a truckload of money and she calls it as it is. It's probably why he likes her, she doesn't play games with him and tells him exactly what she thinks about his ways of doings things and using his assistant.

The show is clearly aiming at the Sex and the City audience. Moreover, it will most likely share viewers with Cashmere Mafia. The network is not hiding the fact that females are their main target. Maybelline ads and tips aside, the show's website offers an online issue of Bonfire Magazine, that links to beauty and relationship articles found at iVillage.com. Fans will also be able to find more information about the feature accessory of the week and how to get the Jungle look.

If you've missed the pilot, it is set to rerun on USA Network on February 10 at 11 a.m. ET and 14 at 12 p.m. ET. Seven out of the 13 ordered episodes were completed before production was shutdown due to the strike.

What did you think of Lipstick Jungle?
Fantastic!123 (29.9%)
Good.110 (26.7%)
Meh.88 (21.4%)
Yuk!30 (7.3%)
I didn't watch.61 (14.8%)

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