Why "Lipstick" Proved Wrong Shade For NBC
What do you get when you take fabulous women, living glamorous lives, set in The Big Apple, based on a phenomenon with origins in the writings of Candace Bushnell? Not a Sex and the City-esque hit for network television apparently.
NBC has cancelled Lipstick Jungle, one of two Sex clones that premiered pre-Strike, as well as Christian Slater's My Own Worst Enemy. Based on the novel by the same name from Bushnell, Lipstick Jungle was one of the most heavily promoted shows in recent television history and was touted as the heiress apparent to HBO's smash hit Sex and the City, also based on Bushnell's prose.
Much like Cashmere Mafia, ABC and Darren Starr's attempt to recapture the "women-on-top" fantasy of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, was a pisspoor imitation of the haute coture original. What creators of these knock offs didn't realize is viewers didn't fall in love with Carrie and Co. because they had fabulous jobs, wore expensive shoes and screwed like testosterone-enhanced she-bunnies (though that admittedly helped). We fell for them because they were fully-developed, well-drawn characters that we could relate to and root for.
My only hope is that NBC signs Lipstick's breakout star, the brilliantly-sexy All My Children alum Lindsay Price, to a holding deal and gives her a Samantha Who?-type vehicle of her own. That way at least something good can come from this particularly bad shade of lipstick.