The expectations for Lipstick Jungle were high considering the hope of it being more amazing than other Sex and the City rip-offs because it's actually written by the creator of SATC, Candace Bushnell herself.
We're still following powerful women, but this time there's three of them, and they hold more executive-type jobs than the SATC ladies. (Same goes for Cashmere Mafia.)
There's the magazine chief, Nico Reilly (Kim Raver), the movie exec, Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), and the fashion designer, Victory Ford (Lindsay Price).
With these high-powered jobs comes far too much responsibility, very far to fall, plenty far to rise, and definitely trouble for relationships. And yes, a lot of this is effected by the fact that they're all women. But in the premiere, this fact seemed much too pushed of an issue, though in reality, it's probably, well, reality.
Women can't live everyday of their high-powered jobs, or any job, and not at some point face issues of gender in the workplace and at home. But was making this issue such a strong focus just for the sake of the premiere, or will it continue to be right there in our faces as the show continues? If so, it might end up being a little too much to handle.
But, despite this possibility of over-preaching, I have to agree with many positive reviews of the show including Doug Elfman's in the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Sure, there's a bit of that. But as 'Lipstick' unfolds, strange things happen -- like, the men aren't all pigs. And the women aren't all clumsy or socially awkward at inopportune moments.
They weep at times, but are otherwise unbreakable and smart enough to A) not wait for a man to save them, and B) work on their marriages valiantly, except for the one who at least begins to cheat on her man."
The premiere did bring a bit too much of some things, but it brought just enough to the power of female friendships, which is exactly what we all loved at the heart of SATC.
It seems a little odd that these three women would be best friends, but I'm sure we'll get some back story on that soon enough, and in the meantime, it's good to see the women succeeding, hitting some bumps in the career road and their relationships without everything falling apart right away or everything being so fast-paced and corporate-focused that it leaves our heads spinning.
Lipstick Jungle may not be perfect, but neither was Sex and the City when it began. (Remember when Carrie spoke directly to the camera?) So flaws, great moments, and all, Lipstick Jungle is definitely one to keep an eye on as it just may be the next Mrs. Big of dramas!
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