‘Lipstick Jungle’: women’s new guilty pleasure

By Christine Graf
February 21, 2008


“Lipstick Jungle,” a new hit series, escaped from the threshold of NBC last Thursday indulging everyday people into the luxurious life of women on top in the Big Apple. It is not a new concept for television series these days, as “Lipstick Jungle” fuses “Desperate Housewives” and the notorious “Sex and the City” making a trendy television runway.

Three women with top consecutive jobs in New York City, try to balance a family while excelling in competitive fields such as fashion, magazine and film production. Not to mention these ravishing ladies still find time to wine, dine and look fabulous together.

“Lipstick Jungle” evolved from a best-selling novel written by Candace Bushnell, who also wrote “Sex and the City,” another New York City rich and beautiful “tell all,” hence the similarity between the shows.

Of course with every lavish lifestyle on primetime there is more than what meets the eye. It isn’t always easy for this triumphant trio to stay on top of their game at work while balancing their personal relationships as lovers and mothers.

Wendy Healy, played by Brooke Shields, from the outside has everything. She has a top executive position at Parador Pictures, a beautiful family and loyal girlfriends. Form the inside, she also has a husband who is tired of living in the shadows of his wife as she brings in the bread and excels in her job, while his plans stay on hold. Nico Reilly, played by Kim Raver, is one of the guys as the editor-in-chief for the top fashion magazine “Bonfire”. Reilly is beautiful and intelligent but has trouble getting her husband to notice her anymore. Reilly is desperate for attention, and finds herself deviously indulging in an affair with a much younger man.

Victory Ford, played by Lindsay Price, once represented the top fashion in New York City until the New York Times trashed her new fall collection. Ford now spends most of her time trying to get back on top, and the rest of it dating a multi-billionaire.

It’s not easy being the best as these highly respected ladies are tainted by jealous husbands, desirable younger men and a pressure to succeed in all they do. They mastered the job of their dreams but still nothing seems to be going quite as expected.

There are plenty of twists and turns unraveling in this new guilty pleasure “Lipstick Jungle” that will keep women all over the nation gossiping for days until Thursdays at 10 p.m. roll around and the cycle continues.

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