Lipstick Jungle (TV series)

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Lipstick Jungle
Lipstick Jungle.jpg
Series intertitle
FormatComedy-drama
Created byDeAnn Heline
Eileen Heisler
StarringBrooke Shields
Kim Raver
Lindsay Price
Paul Blackthorne
Robert Buckley
Andrew McCarthy
Theme music composerBitter:Sweet, Michael Tavera
Opening themeThe Bomb by Bitter:Sweet
Ending themeTAoSMB3 ending
Composer(s)W.G. Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Candace Bushnell
Oliver Goldstick
Camera setupSingle-camera setup
Running time47 minutes
Production company(s)Universal Media Studios
Blackie and Blondie Productions
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Picture format720p
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original runFebruary 7, 2008 (2008-02-07) – January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09)
Chronology
Related showsLipstick Jungle
 
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Lipstick Jungle
Lipstick Jungle.jpg
Series intertitle
FormatComedy-drama
Created byDeAnn Heline
Eileen Heisler
StarringBrooke Shields
Kim Raver
Lindsay Price
Paul Blackthorne
Robert Buckley
Andrew McCarthy
Theme music composerBitter:Sweet, Michael Tavera
Opening themeThe Bomb by Bitter:Sweet
Ending themeTAoSMB3 ending
Composer(s)W.G. Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Candace Bushnell
Oliver Goldstick
Camera setupSingle-camera setup
Running time47 minutes
Production company(s)Universal Media Studios
Blackie and Blondie Productions
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Picture format720p
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original runFebruary 7, 2008 (2008-02-07) – January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09)
Chronology
Related showsLipstick 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]

Production[edit]

The show premiered on February 7, 2008 as a mid-season replacement taking over ER's spot at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central.[3] The series was slated to have 13 episodes per season. However, due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only seven 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 six additional scripts of Lipstick Jungle.[4] On April 2, 2008, NBC renewed Lipstick Jungle for a second season when they announced their Fall 2008 lineup. The second season premiered on September 24, airing at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central on Wednesdays. One month later, NBC announced that Lipstick Jungle would move to Fridays at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central effective October 31, 2008.

On November 13, 2008, rumors emerged that NBC would cancel the show due to low ratings but it was unclear if the remaining episodes would be aired in the current time slot.[5] On November 21, 2008, NBC moved Lipstick Jungle to Fridays at an hour earlier 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm 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 the show was not yet canceled and could be brought back for episodes based on how the new pilots were 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 in limbo 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[edit]

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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Music[edit]

See List of Lipstick Jungle music

U.S. Nielsen Ratings[edit]

Weekly ratings
#EpisodeAir DateTimeslotRatingShare18–49 (Rating/Share)Viewers (m)Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Night)
Rank
(Overall)
1"Pilot"February 7, 2008Thursday, 10:00 pm5.392.9/87.543741[11]
2"Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred"February 14, 20084.272.5/76.003860
3"Chapter Three: Pink Poison"February 21, 20084.072.4/65.7239N/A
4"Chapter Four: Bombay Highway"February 28, 20084.072.4/65.7239N/A
5"Chapter Five: Dressed to Kill"March 6, 20084.272.3/65.823960
6"Chapter Six: Take the High Road"March 13, 20084.072.4/75.563962
7"Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"March 20, 20085.092.6/76.952539
8"Chapter Eight: Pandora's Box"September 24, 2008Wednesday, 10:00 pm2.36.083
9"Chapter Nine: Help!"October 1, 20081.9/55.313
10"Chapter Ten: Let It Be"October 8, 20081.94.763
11"Chapter Eleven: The F-Word"October 22, 20081.6/44.19
12"Chapter Twelve: Scary, Scary Night!"October 29, 20081.9/54.90
13"Chapter Thirteen: The Lyin', The Bitch and The Wardrobe"October 31, 2008Friday,
10:00 pm
0.9/33.2
14"Chapter Fourteen: Let the Games Begin"November 7, 20081.2/43.3
15"Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada"November 14, 20081.4/43.6
16"Chapter Sixteen: Thanksgiving"November 21, 20081.1/33.3
17"Chapter Seventeen: Bye, Bye Baby"December 5, 2008Friday, 9:00 pm1.3/33.6
18"Chapter Eighteen: Indecent Exposure"December 12, 20081.1/33.74
19"Chapter Nineteen: Lovers' Leap"January 2, 20091.3/44.349N/A
20"Chapter Twenty: La Vie en Pose" Last episode of Lipstick jungleJanuary 9, 20091.4/44.139N/A

UK Ratings[edit]

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

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 of Lipstick Jungle began airing on September 22, 2008 on Mondays at 10 pm, 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
#EpisodeAir DateTimeslotViewers[12]Weekly Rank
for Living[12]
1"Pilot"September 22, 2008Monday, 10:00 pm238,0004
2"Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred"September 29, 2008139,0007
3"Chapter Three: Pink Poison"October 6, 2008TBCTBC
4"Chapter Four: Bombay Highway"October 13, 2008183,0005
5"Chapter Five: Dressed to Kill"October 20, 2008214,0008
6"Chapter Six: Take the High Road"October 27, 2008TBCTBC
7"Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"November 3, 2008178,0006

Season 2[edit]

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

Weekly ratings
#EpisodeAir DateTimeslotViewers[12]Weekly Rank
for Living[12]
1"Chapter Eight: Pandora's Box"November 10, 2008Monday, 10:00 pm217,0004
2"Chapter Nine: Help!"November 17, 2008193,0004
3"Chapter Ten: Let It Be"November 24, 2008142,0005
4"Chapter Eleven: The F-Word"December 1, 2008196,0003
5"Chapter Twelve: Scary, Scary Night!"December 8, 2008TBCTBC
6"Chapter Thirteen: The Lyin', The Bitch and The Wardrobe"December 15, 2008TBCTBC
7"Chapter Fourteen: Let the Games Begin"December 22, 2008TBCTBC
8"Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada"December 29, 2008178,0003
9"Chapter Sixteen: Thanksgiving"January 5, 2009215,0008
10"Chapter Seventeen: Bye, bye baby"January 12, 2009
11"Chapter Eighteen: Indecent Exposure"January 19, 2009160,0007
12"Chapter Nineteen: Lovers' Leap"January 26, 2009142,0009
13"Chapter Twenty: La Vie en Pose"February 2, 2009

Merchandise[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

TitleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
Season 1May 27, 2008December 26, 2008[13]September 17, 2008[14]
Season 2May 5, 2009[15]June 29, 2009[16]
CompleteOctober 13, 2011[17]September 30, 2009[18]

International distribution[edit]

The series was broadcast on Living in the UK,[19] TG4 in the Republic of Ireland, Domashniy in Russia,[20] and 7 Network in Australia.[21][22] CTV Television Network aired the show in Canada,[23] and broadcast by TV3 in New Zealand.[24]

CountryTV Network(s)Series PremiereWeekly schedule (local time)
 AustraliaSeven NetworkJune 29, 2008/May 5, 2009 (Season 2)Tuesday 10:30 pm
 AustriaORF 1September 21, 2009Monday 9.55 pm
 BrazilRede RecordDecember 8, 2010Thursday 00.30 am
 United KingdomLiving TVSeptember 22, 2008Monday 10.00 pm
 HungaryTV2 (Hungary)January 28, 2009Friday 9.00 pm
 Hong KongStar WorldMay 30, 2009Saturday 10.00 pm
 IsraelYes Stars Drama2008Sunday 09.45 pm
 BulgariaNova TelevisionDecember 27, 2008Season 1 – Saturday and Sunday 3.00 pm
Season 2 – Monday to Friday 10.00 pm
 GermanyProSiebenSeptember 16, 2009Wednesday 8.15 pm
Wednesday 9.15 pm
 CanadaCosmopolitan TVOctober 3, 2009Saturday 10.30 pm
 GreeceAlter ChannelOctober 16, 2009Wednesday 10.05 pm
 ItalyFox LifeFebruary, 2009Thursday 9.00 pm
 IrelandTG4October 6, 2008Monday 10.30 pm
 LatviaTV3 Latvia, TV3+ LatviaJanuary 5, 2009Monday 11:05 pm
 LithuaniaTV3December 29, 2008 (Both seasons)Monday 10.00 pm
 MacedoniaSitelFebruary 8, 2012Monday to Friday 23:15
 NetherlandsRTL 5September 22, 2008Monday 8.30 pm
 New ZealandTV3October 21, 2008Tuesday 9.30 pm
 PolandTVP1November 23, 2008Sunday 8.15 pm
 PortugalRTP2September 12, 2008Friday 10.40 pm
 SloveniaPOP TVSeptember 8, 2008Monday 9.40 pm
 SerbiaFox LifeMay 24, 2011Tuesday 21:10
 TurkeyDiziMaxJuly 31, 2008Thursday 9.00 pm
 ChileFox Latin America
Mega
June 22, 2008
December 2008
Tuesday 10.00 pm
Sundays 0.00 am
 VenezuelaGlobovisiónSeptember 2, 2008Tuesday 8.00 pm (HK/SIN)
Tuesday 7.00 pm (THAI/WIB)
 NorwayCanal +
TV3
September 27, 2008
August 3, 2009
Saturday 10.00 pm
Monday 09.30 pm
 SwedenTV 3Monday 8.00 pm
 BrazilFox
Rede Record
August 25, 2008
January 7, 2010
Thursday 10.00 pm
Thursday 00.30 am
 FinlandMTV3January 13, 2009/August 25, 2009 (Season 2)Tuesday 09:00 pm
 SpainFox
Divinity
2008
2011
Tuesday 10.20 pm
Monday 10.00 pm
 South AfricaSABC3Mondays – Wednesday 9.00 pm
 HungaryTV2February 3, 2009Tuesday 10.20 pm
 Puerto RicoWKAQ-TV2009Saturday 10.00 pm
 EstoniaTV3January 16, 2009Wednesday 8.50 pm
 MexicoFox Canal 52009, PresentThursday 10.00 pm, Monday to Friday 3:00 am
 RussiaDomashniyAugust 3, 2009Monday – Friday 10.00 pm
 Czech RepublicTV PrimaJanuary 11, 2010Wednesday, 22:00
The Middle EastShowSeries (part of Showtime Arabia Cable Network)India2009
 IndonesiaTrans 72010Sunday & Monday 2:30 pm
 BelgiumVIJFtvNovember 13, 2010Friday 7:50 pm
  SwitzerlandRSI La 2May 24, 2011Tuesday 21:10
 GeorgiaRustavi 2February 19, 2012Saturday-Sunday 17:00 (2nd Season)
 CroatiaRTL TelevizijaJuly 16, 2012 (Both seasons)Monday to Thursday 20:00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Lipstick Jungle' Brandishes Goldstick". Zap2It. July 31, 2007. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. 
  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. 
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (February 24, 2008). "NBC adds more 'Lipstick'". Variety. 
  5. ^ "Lipstick Jungle: NBC Cancels Brooke Shields TV Show, No Season Three", tvseriesfinale.com
  6. ^ "NBC Banishes "Crusoe" to Saturdays". The Futon Critic. November 21, 2008. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 15, 2009). "Is Lipstick Jungle cancelled? Part XXI". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. 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. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 28, 2009). "It's Official: "Lipstick Jungle" is Dead". Entertainment Weekly. 
  11. ^ ABC Medianet
  12. ^ a b c d "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. 
  13. ^ Lipstick Jungle Series 1 (Region 2). Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  14. ^ Lipstick Jungle Season 1 (Region 3) See Product Details
  15. ^ Lipstick Jungle: Season Two: Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Andrew McCarthy, Lindsay Price, Robert Buckley, Paul Blackthorne: Movies & TV. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  16. ^ Lipstick Jungle Season 2 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Film & TV. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  17. ^ Amazon.de
  18. ^ Lipstick Jungle - The Complete Collection
  19. ^ C21Media:
  20. ^ [2][dead link]
  21. ^ "Brooke's big return". Advertiser Australia. July 10, 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Seven's US programming in 2008". Seven Network. Retrieved July 9, 2007. 
  23. ^ Kelly, Brendan (December 4, 2007). "CTV banks on U.S. fare". Variety. 
  24. ^ TV3's 2008 Season Launch | TV3|News. Throng (October 16, 2007). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.

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