Lipstick Jungle (TV series)
by Candace Bushnell
|Theme music composer||Bitter:Sweet, Michael Tavera|
|Opening theme||The Bomb by Bitter:Sweet|
|Ending theme||TAoSMB3 ending|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Single-camera setup|
|Running time||47 minutes|
Universal Media Studios|
Blackie and Blondie Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||February 7, 2008 – January 9, 2009|
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. The pilot was directed by Gary Winick.
The cast initially included Gina Gershon as Wendy Healy, Melissa George as Nico Reilly, Will Toale as Shane Healy and Christopher Wiehl as Kirby Atwood, with Matthew Morrison, Scott Cohen and Edward Herrmann also attached. However, the show underwent significant changes with all the aforementioned cast being replaced and with executive producers DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler, writers Rand Ravich and Jill Gordon and director Nigel Cole all fired. George had been personally cast by Bushnell, but left in early 2007 when she was offered the HBO series In Treatment.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. On March 28, 2009, Entertainment Weekly reported that the show was officially canceled.
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
- Brooke Shields as Wendy Healy
- Kim Raver as Nico Reilly
- Lindsay Price as Victory Ford
- Paul Blackthorne as Shane Healy
- Andrew McCarthy as Joe Bennett
- Robert Buckley as Kirby Atwood (recurring, season 1)
- David Noroña as Salvador Rosa (credited as "Also Starring")
- Lorraine Bracco as Janice Lasher
- Rosie Perez as Dahlia Morales
- David Alan Basche as Mike Harness
- Mary Tyler Moore as Joyce Connor
- Matt Lauria as Roy Merritt
- James Lesure as Griffin Bell
- Vanessa Marcil as Josie Scotto
- Sarah Hyland as Maddie Healy
- Carlos Ponce as Rodrigo Vega
- Julian Sands as Hector Matrick
- Caitlin Sanchez as Celia Vega
Season 1: 2008
|No.||Title||Original air date|| Production|
|1||"Pilot"||February 7, 2008||101|
|Three longtime friends - Victory, Nico, and Wendy - are challenged with keeping up with complicated business and personal lives. For Wendy, a big shot film executive, a wife and a mother, this proves to be a difficult daily juggle. Meanwhile, Victory struggles to revive her once top-notch fashion career, and Nico is forced to deal with serious marriage issues on top of a stressful working life. For these three powerful women, the road to success in all aspects of life can be rather bumpy from time to time. Luckily, they have each other for support along the way.|
|2||"Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred"||February 14, 2008||102|
|Wendy enjoys the success of her company's most recent movie, but her celebration is brief. Wendy finds out that her nemesis, Janice Lasher, promoted a novel for publication defacing her as an empowered businesswoman and, even worse in Wendy's eyes, a bad mother. Elsewhere, Nico's relationship with Kirby heats up, and instills her with a liberating mentality that inspires her to shake things up around the office. Meanwhile, Victory has a problem with the downsizing of her company to just one employee: herself. She, however, is highly intrigued by her new man, Joe Bennett, who turns out to be a very different person from whom she initially thought.|
|3||"Chapter Three: Pink Poison"||February 21, 2008||103|
|Wendy's rival, Janice Lasher, makes Wendy look badly as a mother while preparing to release her new book. Wendy tries to proves the claims incorrect by bringing her daughter to a "Women in Media" luncheon. Nico tries to cool her affair with Kirby. Victory introduces Mr. Joe Bennett to Wendy and Nico, which leads to a major shift in the direction of their relationship.|
|4||"Chapter Four: Bombay Highway"||February 28, 2008||104|
|Wendy sets her sight on a film set in India that she feels has great potential despite it not being an obvious revenue generator. Wendy decides to host an extravagant premiere party and gives Victory a chance to design for the star actress. Meanwhile, drama begins to unfold as Nico reveals to Wendy and Victory her secret affair with Kirby. The lawsuit heats up when Kirby decides that he wants to see it to the end. Nico is faced with a tough decision that could be her only way of keeping her life together. But at what expense?|
|5||"Chapter Five: Dressed to Kill"||March 6, 2008||105|
|Victory discovers that her work has been stolen by a competitive designer and must discover her work was snatched. Upon hearing that her old assistant, Reese, is involved in the scandal, Victory must decide if she believes Reese's story. Meanwhile, things heat up again between Nico and Kirby, but not without Nico first setting some ground rules. Nico helps Kirby get a job, but when she spots chemistry between Kirby and the lead actress, she cannot help but wonder how deep her feelings really are for him. Wendy and Shane watch Shane's old band play; Shane gets back on the stage. After Wendy realizes Shane's talent, she tries to pitch his demo for one of her upcoming films.|
|6||"Chapter Six: Take the High Road"||March 13, 2008||106|
|A big breakout project, involving J.K. Rowling, presents itself to Wendy, who tells Nico only after swearing her to secrecy. Later, Nico is grilled by Hector and she reveals Wendy's secret to him. Hector immediately assigns both Nico and Wendy to head to Scotland to force a meeting Rowling. Considering Shane's new job, Wendy is initially opposed to going, but Shane convinces her it would be best to go. Nico, unaware that Wendy will make the Scotland trip, invites Kirby, setting up an interesting trip. Meanwhile, Victory is enjoying her newfound investor and thoroughly enjoying the man's willingness to fund all of her ideas. She grows suspicious and gets to the bottom of the situation, finding to her surprise that it is actually Joe who is funding her company.|
|7||"Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"||March 20, 2008||107|
|Wendy, dealing with a very difficult scriptwriter, Lorraine Lippman, who cannot write an ending to her film, makes a bold move and orders production forward. Lorraine is left to finalize the script on schedule. Nico, still caught up in her dual, faces a harsh reality when she receives news that Charles has suffered a heart attack. The scare makes her realize how much she misses her marriage and she brings her life back into perspective. The episode also brings forth the affair of Charles with one of his student. Elsewhere, Victory is getting used to the idea of Joe Bennett as her boss instead of her boyfriend. Hockey superstar Chris "Parks" Parker and his wife grow very fond of Victory. The relationship heats up, which puts Victory in a very compromising position.|
Season 2: 2008-2009
|No.||Title||Original air date|| Production|
|8||"Chapter Eight: Pandora's Box"||September 24, 2008||201|
|Nico is haunted by her infidelity when Charles gives her a photograph that Kirby took of her during her affair. Overcome with guilt, she debates whether she should tell Charles the truth, finally deciding to take extreme measures to save her marriage. After discovering her underage daughter Maddie at a bar, Wendy decides to cut back on her hours at the office to spend more time at home. Wendy's transition into domestic life is not easy, especially when her opinionated mother unexpectedly comes to the city for a visit. Victory finds it difficult to avoid Joe, who is desperate to get her back. Trying to move on from their personal relationship, she hires a publicist Dahlia Morales to help brand her business and find a retail space.|
|9||"Chapter Nine: Help!"||October 1, 2008||202|
|Nico tries to adjust to her new life as a widow, but the appearance of Megan, her husband's former student and secret lover, only makes the road rockier. Victory, on the other hand, begins renovations on her new store and meets a handsome contractor named Rodrigo who piques her interest. Wendy is caught in a predicament when she learns her latest film is in jeopardy after its star, who is also her friend, trusts her with a secret.|
|10||"Chapter Ten: Let It Be"||October 8, 2008||203|
|Nico has a lot on her mind as she butts heads with the new CEO, Griffin Bell, and Kirby complicates matters when he insists on taking their relationship out in public. Meanwhile, things are heating up quickly for Victory and her new contractor Rodrigo, but problems arise when Joe constantly interrupts her new relationship. Later, Victory gets a surprise when Rodrigo shares that he has another woman in his life. Elsewhere, Wendy is consumed by her new John Lennon project, which begins to affect her personal and professional life.|
|11||"Chapter Eleven: The F-Word"||October 22, 2008||204|
|Victory plans to meet Rodrigo's daughter, against Dahlia's advice. Nico asks Kirby to escort her to a glitzy event, but her past keeps coming back to haunt her. After she is fired, Wendy focuses all of her energy on her home life, to Maddie's dismay.|
|12||"Chapter Twelve: Scary, Scary Night!"||October 29, 2008||205|
|Victory has a disturbing dream about Joe that she tries to interpret. Nico makes expensive plans for Christmas with Kirby, but he refuses to let her pay for him. Shane leaves for a business trip without saying goodbye to Wendy and she seeks solace from her friend, Dennis.|
|13||"Chapter Thirteen: The Lyin', The Bitch and The Wardrobe"||October 31, 2008||206|
|Victory deals with her store opening and Dahlia's extravagant plans for the opening. Joe has worries where his relationship with Victory is concerned and makes a decision. Wendy heads back to Parador Pictures to pitch a new movie, but the new VP puts a damper on her mood. Nico runs into Megan with her new baby and instantly bonds with him.|
|14||"Chapter Fourteen: Let the Games Begin"||November 7, 2008||207|
|Nico is introduced to Kirby's mother. Victory's latest project calls for input from Joe, who has been avoiding her. Wendy's jealousy is tweaked when Shane signs on with a new manager.|
|15||"Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada"||November 14, 2008||208|
|Wendy walks in on Nico and Griffin having an enjoyable lunch together, which leads to tension and a sense of betrayal between the friends. The two must put their problems aside when they find that Victory is a mess after she learns that Joe was ready to propose to her.|
|16||"Chapter Sixteen: Thanksgiving"||November 21, 2008||209|
|Wendy rushes to plan and prepare a big locavore Thanksgiving dinner where all the ingredients used are local. Times get a bit more hectic when her judgmental mother Joyce, her newly single successor Sal and Shane's distraught manager Josie all arrive for the festivities. Nico plans the perfect Thanksgiving with Kirby but a last minute request from Megan leaves baby Charlie in the inexperienced couple's hands.|
|17||"Chapter Seventeen: Bye, Bye Baby"||December 5, 2008||210|
|Victory tries to land a new multi-million dollar client, and at the same time Nico and Kirby adjust to life with their new baby. In doing so, they find themselves at a crossroads in their relationship. Meanwhile, when an arrogant movie producer tries to take her dream project from her, Wendy is finding it increasingly difficult to get the project off the ground.|
|18||"Chapter Eighteen: Indecent Exposure"||December 12, 2008||211|
|Victory has to decide whether or not to shed her clothing for her brand's new ad campaign and learns a bit more about herself and her affections for Joe Bennett. An emotionally vulnerable Nico is riding a hormonal roller coaster from fertility treatments and forms an unlikely bond with Griffin.|
|19||"Chapter Nineteen: Lovers' Leaps"||January 2, 2009||212|
|Wendy finds out that Shane is still considering going on tour with Natasha Bedingfield, which puts a strain on their marriage. Nico's quest for parenthood takes a detour when a "New Media" executive challenges her sovereignty.|
|20||"Chapter Twenty: La Vie En Pose"||January 9, 2009||213|
|Wendy makes a daring bid on a highly sought-after film but loses to a corporation. Maddie goes off the rails in Shane's absence and accuses Wendy of driving Shane away, but the two eventually make up. Nico asks Dahlia to help boost her professional status and lands her a guest appearance on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb. However, Kathie and Hoda puts Nico on the spot by discussing Nico's relationship with Kirby on national television. Nico makes an honest and heartfelt speech about what Kirby meant to her, which Kirby sees. He shows up at Nico's apartment and tells her that he's willing to do whatever it takes to be with her. Victory's parents come to town for Victory and Joe's engagement party. Despite being low on finances, Joe splurges on Victory's parents. Victory's dad doesn't approve of Joe, and refuses to give his blessing. Joe repairs the strain by finding a compromise. The episode and the series ends with a montage of the three girls being there for each other throughout the show.|
U.S. Nielsen Ratings
Below is a table of ratings for UK digital channel Living, the network showing Lipstick Jungle.
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.
The second season of the show began airing immediately after the first run's seven episodes had finished.
|Title||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Season 1||May 27, 2008||December 26, 2008||September 17, 2008|
|Season 2||May 5, 2009||June 29, 2009||–|
|Complete||–||October 13, 2011||September 30, 2009|
The series was broadcast on Living in the UK, TG4 in the Republic of Ireland, Domashniy in Russia, and 7 Network in Australia. CTV Television Network aired the show in Canada, and broadcast by TV3 in New Zealand.
|Country||TV Network(s)||Series Premiere||Weekly schedule (local time)|
|Australia||Seven Network||June 29, 2008/May 5, 2009 (Season 2)||Tuesday 10:30 pm|
|Austria||ORF 1||September 21, 2009||Monday 9.55 pm|
|Brazil||Rede Record||December 8, 2010||Thursday 00.30 am|
|United Kingdom||Living TV||September 22, 2008||Monday 10.00 pm|
|Hungary||TV2 (Hungary)||January 28, 2009||Friday 9.00 pm|
|Hong Kong||Star World||May 30, 2009||Saturday 10.00 pm|
|Israel||Yes Stars Drama||2008||Sunday 09.45 pm|
|Bulgaria||Nova Television||December 27, 2008|| Season 1 – Saturday and Sunday 3.00 pm|
Season 2 – Monday to Friday 10.00 pm
|Germany||ProSieben||September 16, 2009|| Wednesday 8.15 pm|
Wednesday 9.15 pm
|Canada||Cosmopolitan TV||October 3, 2009||Saturday 10.30 pm|
|Greece||Alter Channel||October 16, 2009||Wednesday 10.05 pm|
|Italy||Fox Life||February, 2009||Thursday 9.00 pm|
|Ireland||TG4||October 6, 2008||Monday 10.30 pm|
|Latvia||TV3 Latvia, TV3+ Latvia||January 5, 2009||Monday 11:05 pm|
|Lithuania||TV3||December 29, 2008 (Both seasons)||Monday 10.00 pm|
|Macedonia||Sitel||February 8, 2012||Monday to Friday 23:15|
|Netherlands||RTL 5||September 22, 2008||Monday 8.30 pm|
|New Zealand||TV3||October 21, 2008||Tuesday 9.30 pm|
|Poland||TVP1||November 23, 2008||Sunday 8.15 pm|
|Portugal||RTP2||September 12, 2008||Friday 10.40 pm|
|Slovenia||POP TV||September 8, 2008||Monday 9.40 pm|
|Serbia|| Fox Life|
| May 24, 2011|
June 2, 2014
| Tuesday 21:10|
Monday to Friday 16:30
|Turkey||DiziMax||July 31, 2008||Thursday 9.00 pm|
|Chile||Fox Latin America|
| June 22, 2008|
|Tuesday 10.00 pm|
Sundays 0.00 am
|Venezuela||Globovisión||September 2, 2008||Tuesday 8.00 pm (HK/SIN)|
Tuesday 7.00 pm (THAI/WIB)
| September 27, 2008|
August 3, 2009
| Saturday 10.00 pm|
Monday 09.30 pm
|Sweden||TV 3||Monday 8.00 pm|
| 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 09:00 pm|
| 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 8.50 pm|
|Mexico||Fox Canal 5||2009, Present||Thursday 10.00 pm, Monday to Friday 3:00 am|
|Russia||Domashniy||August 3, 2009||Monday – Friday 10.00 pm|
|Czech Republic||TV Prima||January 11, 2010||Wednesday, 22:00|
|The Middle East||ShowSeries (part of Showtime Arabia Cable Network)||India||2009|
|Indonesia||Trans 7||2010||Sunday & Monday 2:30 pm|
|Belgium||VIJFtv||November 13, 2010||Friday 7:50 pm|
|Switzerland||RSI La 2||May 24, 2011||Tuesday 21:10|
|Georgia||Rustavi 2||February 19, 2012||Saturday-Sunday 17:00 (2nd Season)|
|Croatia||RTL Televizija||July 16, 2012 (Both seasons)||Monday to Thursday 20:00|
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