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Lipstick Jungle

NBC one-hour drama based on Candace Bushnell's novel of same name

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It ain't Sex and the City ... and that's OK!

  • Dec 15, 2008
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Lipstick Jungle isn't Sex & The City  and that's OK! The second TV show based on Candace Bushnell's writings is more of a conventional hourlong drama rather than a half-hour comedy of sex and Maholo Blanicks. Also, it's a bit more grown up too, featuring more characters in their 40s who are dealing with marriage, raising kids, and still trying to stay on top of their careers. 

 It debuted around the same time that ABC's now-defunct Cashmere Mafia debuted, a drama based on a similar premise of powerful women in New York. One of the reasons that I think Lipstick Jungle succeeded is because their story arcs are sustained through multiple episodes, not all the characters win on the show (one of them gets fired as head of a film company… for good!), and also because they employed actors that the show's older demographic have grown up with, such as Brooke Shields and Andrew McCarthy (swoon!).

Not sure if this show will be around much longer (NBC has not re-newed their contract for new episodes), but even if it isn't the best show on TV, in my book it's nice to see more shows about older women dealing with life issues. 

You can watch a lot of the episodes from Season 1 and 2 here: http://www.hulu.com/lipstick-jungle

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