Lipstick Jungle (TV series)


Lipstick Jungle (TV series)
Lipstick Jungle
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by DeAnn Heline
Eileen Heisler
Starring Brooke Shields
Kim Raver
Lindsay Price
Paul Blackthorne
Robert Buckley
Andrew McCarthy
Theme music composer Bitter:Sweet, Michael Tavera
Opening theme The Bomb by Bitter:Sweet
Ending theme TAoSMB3 ending
Composer(s) W.G. Walden
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Candace Bushnell
Oliver Goldstick
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 47 minutes
Production company(s) NBC Universal Television Studio
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 720p
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original run February 7, 2008 (2008-02-07) – January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09)
Chronology
Related shows Lipstick Jungle

Lipstick Jungle is an American comedy-drama television series created by DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler for NBC Universal Television Studio (now Universal Media Studios). The hour-long series was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Candace Bushnell, who also served as executive producer alongside showrunner/Head Writer Oliver Goldstick.[1] The pilot was directed by Gary Winick.[2]

Contents

Production

The show premiered on February 7, 2008 as a midseason replacement taking over ER's spot at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central.[3] The series was slated to have 13 episodes per season. However, due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only 7 episodes were originally produced for the first season. The first season also competed indirectly with ABC's Cashmere Mafia, created by Bushnell's former creative partner from Sex and the City, Darren Star.

On February 24, 2008, NBC ordered 6 additional scripts of Lipstick Jungle.[4]

On April 2, NBC renewed Lipstick Jungle for a second season when they announced their Fall 2008 lineup. The second season premiered on September 24, airing at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central on Wednesdays. One month later, NBC announced that Lipstick Jungle would move to Fridays at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central effective October 31, 2008.

On November 13, rumors emerged that NBC would cancel the show due to low ratings and it was unclear if the remaining episodes would be aired in the current time slot.[5]

On November 21, NBC moved Lipstick Jungle to Fridays at an hour earlier 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central beginning December 5, for the remainder of the season.[6]

On January 9, 2009 the last produced episode of Lipstick Jungle aired, and it was advertised as the season finale.

On January 15, 2009 it was announced that the show is not yet canceled and could be brought back for episodes based on how the new pilots are received.[7]

On January 27, 2009 NBC announced that the show would get the "Friday Night Lights Treatment" implying that the show will return on another of NBC Universal's networks for a third season and then replay on NBC midseason.[8]

On February 25, 2009 the future of Lipstick Jungle was once again put into uncertainty when it was announced that Lindsay Price was cast in the pilot for ABC's new drama Eastwick. However, had Lipstick Jungle received an official third season pick-up from NBC, Price would have pulled out of Eastwick in order to fulfill her contractual obligation to Lipstick Jungle.[9]

On March 28, 2009 Entertainment Weekly reported that the show was officially canceled.[10]

Plot

Lipstick Jungle is a dramedy following the professional and personal lives of three best friends, all of whom are top professionals in their respective careers. Victory Ford (Price) is a fashion designer, Nico Reilly (Raver) is the editor-in-chief of Bonfire Magazine, and Wendy Healy (Shields) is the former president of Parador Pictures, currently producing independently. These three powerful women are always there to support one another and navigate the crazy, romantic, and sometimes scary, world that is New York City.

Characters

Main characters

  • Brooke ShieldsWendy Healy, former president of Parador Pictures
  • Kim RaverNico Reilly, editor-in-chief of Bonfire Magazine
  • Lindsay PriceVictory Ford, fashion designer
  • Paul BlackthorneShane Healy, British musician; Wendy's husband
  • Robert BuckleyKirby Atwood, photographer, Nico's on-again off-again younger lover/boyfriend
  • Andrew McCarthy - Joe Bennett, powerful but cynical billionaire, engaged to Victory

Recurring characters

  • Rosie Perez - Dahlia Morales, the PR Maven for Victory (Season 2 only)
  • Marcia DeBonis - Ellen, Joe's personal assistant
  • David Alan BascheMike Harness, Wendy and Nico's co-worker
  • Mary Tyler Moore - Joyce, Wendy's mother (Season 2 only)
  • David Noroña – Salvador Rosa, Wendy's friend and co-worker
  • Matt LauriaRoy Merritt, Victory's personal assistant
  • James Lesure - Griffin Bell runs 'Matrick-Warner', the parent company that oversees Parador Pictures and Bonfire Magazine. He eventually became Nico's temporary lover (Season 2 only)
  • Vanessa Marcil - Josie Scotto, Shane's agent/manager for his new career as a composer/musician, who seems to be threatening Wendy and Shane's relationship (Season 2 only)
  • Uma Incrocci - Nora, Janice's (Lorraine Bracco) hapless assistant
  • Sarah Hyland - Maddie Healy, Wendy and Shane's headstrong teenage daughter
  • Dylan Clark Marshall - Taylor Healy, Wendy and Shane's son
  • Seth Kirschner - "Josh"
  • Carlos Ponce - Rodrigo Vega, Victory's contractor and love interest (Season 2 only)

Former characters

  • Julian SandsHector Matrick, Nico & Wendy's boss (appearing only in season one)
  • Christopher Cousins - Charles Stern, Nico Reilly's husband who died at the beginning of season two.

Episodes

Music

See List of Lipstick Jungle music

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Weekly ratings
# Episode Air Date Timeslot Rating Share 18-49 (Rating/Share) Viewers (m) Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Night)
Rank
(Overall)
1 "Pilot" February 7, 2008 Thursday, 10:00 P.M. 5.3 9 2.9/8 7.54 3 7 41[11]
2 "Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred" February 14, 2008 4.2 7 2.5/7 6.00 3 8 60
3 "Chapter Three: Pink Poison" February 21, 2008 4.0 7 2.4/6 5.72 3 9 N/A
4 "Chapter Four: Bombay Highway" February 28, 2008 4.0 7 2.4/6 5.72 3 9 N/A
5 "Chapter Five: Dressed to Kill" March 6, 2008 4.2 7 2.3/6 5.82 3 9 60
6 "Chapter Six: Take the High Road" March 13, 2008 4.0 7 2.4/7 5.56 3 9 62
7 "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome" March 20, 2008 5.0 9 2.6/7 6.95 2 5 39
8 "Chapter Eight: Pandora's Box" September 24, 2008 Wednesday, 10:00 P.M. 2.3 6.08 3
9 "Chapter Nine: Help!" October 1, 2008 1.9/5 5.31 3
10 "Chapter Ten: Let It Be" October 8, 2008 1.9 4.76 3
11 "Chapter Eleven: The F-Word" October 22, 2008 1.6/4 4.19
12 "Chapter Twelve: Scary, Scary Night!" October 29, 2008 1.9/5 4.90
13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Lyin', The Bitch and The Wardrobe" October 31, 2008 Friday,
10:00 P.M.
0.9/3 3.2
14 "Chapter Fourteen: Let the Games Begin" November 7, 2008 1.2/4 3.3
15 "Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada" November 14, 2008 1.4/4 3.6
16 "Chapter Sixteen: Thanksgiving" November 21, 2008 1.1/3 3.3
17 "Chapter Seventeen: Bye, Bye Baby" December 5, 2008 Friday, 9:00 P.M. 1.3/3 3.6
18 "Chapter Eighteen: Indecent Exposure" December 12, 2008 1.1/3 3.74
19 "Chapter Nineteen: Lovers' Leap" January 2, 2009 1.3/4 4.3 4 9 N/A
20 "Chapter Twenty: La Vie en Pose" January 9, 2009 1.4/4 4.1 3 9 N/A

UK Ratings

Below is a table of ratings for UK digital channel Living TV, the network showing Lipstick Jungle.

Season 1

Season 1 of Lipstick Jungle began airing on September 22, 2008 on Mondays at 10pm, following one of Living's most popular US imports America's Next Top Model. The network soon brought in a name for their Monday night schedule, 'I Heart NY Mondays', as both shows are set in New York.

Weekly ratings
# Episode Air Date Timeslot Viewers[12] Weekly Rank
for Living[12]
1 "Pilot" September 22, 2008 Monday, 10:00 P.M. 238,000 4
2 "Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred" September 29, 2008 139,000 7
3 "Chapter Three: Pink Poison" October 6, 2008 TBC TBC
4 "Chapter Four: Bombay Highway" October 13, 2008 183,000 5
5 "Chapter Five: Dressed to Kill" October 20, 2008 214,000 8
6 "Chapter Six: Take the High Road" October 27, 2008 TBC TBC
7 "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome" November 3, 2008 178,000 6

Season 2

The second season of the show began airing immediately after the first run's seven episodes had finished.

Weekly ratings
# Episode Air Date Timeslot Viewers[12] Weekly Rank
for Living[12]
1 "Chapter Eight: Pandora's Box" November 10, 2008 Monday, 10:00 P.M. 217,000 4
2 "Chapter Nine: Help!" November 17, 2008 193,000 4
3 "Chapter Ten: Let It Be" November 24, 2008 142,000 5
4 "Chapter Eleven: The F-Word" December 1, 2008 196,000 3
5 "Chapter Twelve: Scary, Scary Night!" December 8, 2008 TBC TBC
6 "Chapter Thirteen: The Lyin', The Bitch and The Wardrobe" December 15, 2008 TBC TBC
7 "Chapter Fourteen: Let the Games Begin" December 22, 2008 TBC TBC
8 "Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada" December 29, 2008 178,000 3
9 "Chapter Sixteen: Thanksgiving" January 5, 2009 215,000 8
10 "Chapter Seventeen: Bye, bye baby" January 12, 2009
11 "Chapter Eighteen: Indecent Exposure" January 19, 2009 160,000 7
12 "Chapter Nineteen: Lovers' Leap" January 26, 2009 142,000 9
13 "Chapter Twenty: La Vie en Pose" February 2, 2009

Merchandise

DVD releases

Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season 1 May 27, 2008 December 26, 2008[13] September 17, 2008[14]
Season 2 May 5, 2009[15] June 29, 2009[16] TBA

International distribution

The series was broadcast on Living in the UK,[17] TG4 in the Republic of Ireland, Domashniy in Russia,[18] and 7 Network in Australia.[19][20] CTV Television Network aired the show in Canada,[21] and broadcast by TV3 in New Zealand.[22]

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Weekly schedule (local time)
 Australia Seven Network June 29, 2008/May 5, 2009 (Season 2) Tuesday 10:30pm
 Austria ORF 1 September 21, 2009 Monday 9.55pm
 Brazil Rede Record December 8, 2010 Thursday 00.30am
 United Kingdom Living TV September 22, 2008 Monday 10.00pm
 Hungary TV2 (Hungary) January 28, 2009 Friday 9.00pm
 India Star World May 30, 2009 Saturday 10.00pm
 Israel Yes Stars Drama 2008 Sunday 09.45pm
 Bulgaria Nova Television December 27, 2008 Season 1 - Saturday and Sunday 3.00pm
Season 2 - Monday to Friday 10.00pm
 Germany ProSieben September 16, 2009 Wednesday 8.15pm
Wednesday 9.15pm
 Greece Alter Channel October 3, 2009 Saturday 10.30pm
 Iceland Skjár 1 October 16, 2009 Wednesday 10.05pm
 Italy Fox Life February, 2009 Thursday 9.00pm
 Ireland TG4 October 6, 2008 Monday 10.30pm
 Latvia TV3 Latvia , TV3+ Latvia January 5, 2009 Monday 11:05pm
 Lithuania TV3 December 29, 2008 (Both seasons) Monday 10.00pm
 Netherlands RTL 5 September 22, 2008 Monday 8.30pm
 New Zealand TV3 October 21, 2008 Tuesday 9.30pm
 Poland TVP1 November 23, 2008 Sunday 8.15pm
 Portugal RTP2 September 12, 2008 Friday 10.40pm
 Slovenia POP TV September 8, 2008 Monday 9.40pm
 Serbia Fox Life May 24, 2011 Tuesday 21:10
 Turkey DiziMax July 31, 2008 Thursday 9.00pm
 Chile Fox Latin America
Mega
June 22, 2008
December 2008
Tuesday 10.00pm
Sundays 0.00am
Asia Star World September 2, 2008 Tuesday 8.00pm (HK/SIN)
Tuesday 7.00 pm (THAI/WIB)
 Norway Canal +
TV3
September 27, 2008
August 3, 2009
Saturday 10.00 pm
Monday 09.30 pm
 Sweden TV 3 Monday 8.00 pm
 Brazil Fox
Rede Record
August 25, 2008
January 7, 2010
Thursday 10.00 pm
Thursday 00.30 am
 Finland MTV3 January 13, 2009/August 25, 2009 (Season 2) Tuesday 09:00pm
 Spain Fox
Divinity
2008
2011
Tuesday 10.20 pm
Monday 10.00 pm
 South Africa SABC3 Mondays - Wednesday 9.00 pm
 Hungary TV2 February 3, 2009 Tuesday 10.20 pm
 Puerto Rico WKAQ-TV 2009 Saturday 10.00 pm
 Estonia TV3 January 16, 2009 Wednesday 8.50pm
 Mexico Fox 2009 Thursday 10.00pm
 Russia Domashniy August 3, 2009 Monday - Friday 10.00pm
 Czech Republic TV Prima January 11, 2010 Wedensday, 22:00
The Middle East ShowSeries (part of Showtime Arabia Cable Network) India 2009
 Indonesia Trans 7 2010 Sunday & Monday 2:30pm
 Belgium VIJFtv November 13, 2010 Friday 7:50pm
 Macedonia Fox Life May 24, 2011 Tuesday 21:10

References

  1. ^ "'Lipstick Jungle' Brandishes Goldstick". Zap2It (Tribune Media Services). July 31, 2007. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nAeVeU2m. 
  2. ^ [1] The Futon Critic
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 29, 2007). "NBC applying 'Lipstick' in 'ER' space". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nAegjZ9o. 
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (February 24, 2008). "NBC adds more 'Lipstick'". Variety (Reed Elsevier). http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981375.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. 
  5. ^ Lipstick Jungle: NBC Cancels Brooke Shields TV Show, No Season Three
  6. ^ "NBC Banishes "Crusoe" to Saturdays". The Futon Critic. November 21, 2008. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nAixlmWZ. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 15, 2009). "Is Lipstick Jungle cancelled? Part XXI". TVbytheNumbers. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nAiVrYBy. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Lipstick Jungle" May Get "Friday Night Lights" Treatment, Broadcasting & Cable, January 27, 2009
  9. ^ DiNunno, Gina (February 25, 2009). "Lipstick Jungle's Lindsay Price Cast as Eastwick Witch". TV Guide. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nAhB9Z4X. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 28, 2009). "It's Official: "Lipstick Jungle" is Dead". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/03/its-official-li.html. 
  11. ^ ABC Medianet
  12. ^ a b c d "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. http://www.barb.co.uk/report/weeklyTopProgrammes. 
  13. ^ Lipstick Jungle Series 1 (Region 2)
  14. ^ Lipstick Jungle Season 1 (Region 3) See Product Details
  15. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001RHGRU2?creativeASIN=B001RHGRU2&creative=373489&camp=211189
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001Q3LWXO
  17. ^ C21Media:
  18. ^ http://www.domashniy.ru/series/liostic_jungleand
  19. ^ "Brooke's big return". Advertiser Australia. 2007-07-10. http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,22045146-5012985,00.html. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  20. ^ "Seven's US programming in 2008". Seven Network. http://www.sevencorporate.com.au/_uploads/Files/seven-us-08.pdf. Retrieved 9 July 2007. 
  21. ^ Kelly, Brendan (December 4, 2007). "CTV banks on U.S. fare". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117976968.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. 
  22. ^ TV3's 2008 Season Launch | TV3|News|Throng

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