"Lipstick Jungle on NBC"
This new series is on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on channel 13 in our area.
First of all, I have to tell you I hate the title.
Herman taped the show for me and I attempted to watch the show Friday
morning. I couldn't really get into it, but I think it had to do with
the fact that I had two other shows to watch that were taped the nighta
Brooke Shields is the only "star" in it. It involves three women who
each have a high profile job. The friends remind me of the premise of
Big Shots, which I love and I'm sorry to see go.
This female version substitutes tears and hormonal imbalance for the
testosterone and macho frenzy of Big Shots.
Trouble is, the version with three females just doesn't cut the
mustard. At one point Herman commented, "This is like a terrible soap
Being a die-hard soap opera watcher (All My Children) for
many years, I'm not even sure that description describes the show.
The problem, as it is with "Women's Murder Club," is that the
characterizations don't seem strong enough for us to care about any of
Brooke Shields as Wendy is probably the best of the three but she
almost has a too earnest look about her. For instance, when the
fashion designer, strangely named "Victory," has a show panned by the
critics, she moans about no longer having the world as her oyster and
down to 200 pairs of shows. Is that supposed to inspire sympathy?
I have read a number of conflicting reviews of the show, and although
I'll probably have Herman tape the show, I'm not enthused. One article
compared the show to ABCs Cashmere Mafia, which I've watched several
times but I'm not sure I love it either.
The one show I do like that's new is called Eli Stone which has some
of the weird kinkiness of the Ally McBeal show and some of the
macho-ness of Big Shots. It's on Thursday evenings at 10 p.m. on ABC.
The one story line that does interest me in Lipstick Jungle involves
the character Nico who is in a loveless marriage and a younger suitor
wants her to have an affair. This will probably set up an interesting
conflict for the future which I look forward to.
Bottom line is this. I'm not sure I can recommend any of the shows
mentioned above except Eli Stone. Take it for what it's worth and
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com