TV Recap: Lipstick Jungle

You've seen the huge ads in Times Square, heard all the hype, read the synopses and maybe even the book- the highly anticipated premiere of Lipstick Jungle finally made its debut on Thursday

We are introduced to the ladies as a news report plays on about New York's 50 most powerful women. At the top of the list is Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), president of Parador Pictures. Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) follows closely, as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair equivalent, Bonfire Magazine. Barely making the cut is Victory Ford (Lindsay Price), once a high profile designer who has not enjoyed much success as of late. Victory's reveal of her fall collection is applauded by her two best friends- but fails to impress critics in the industry. What's a girl to do but indulge in cupcakes? Wendy (the "nicer" one) tells her to stay in, hide out for a bit. Nico (as we can already see is dubbed the "bitchier" one) tells Victory to bounce back, and definitely lashes out on people who criticize women for being successful. Clearly Nico has a lot of bitterness and pent up anger from her past experiences.

As Pres of a huge corporation, Wendy seems a little too nice for my liking. After all, she “fired” a director and hugged him afterwards. That definitely did not help the situation since the director had no clue what happened. Somehow, I guess her style of work does get her somewhere- she ended up sealing the deal with Leo Dicaprio for her next production. Back home, we meet her husband, a scruffy British man named Shane. He’s a stay-at-home dad who feels pretty worthless next to such a successful wife. So he does try to start his own business, but it seems the business partners are only interested in meeting with his wife who can bring celebrities into the picture. He ends up missing the meeting with Wendy for his son’s private school admissions and a big blow out follows. Basically, the guy needs his man pride. He’s not the one paying the bills- he’s the one cleaning up the cat’s vomit- and that, is not okay with him.

Next up we meet Nico’s husband, Charles, a boring professor. He takes no interest in Nico’s position at Bonfire and even refers to it as that magazine. It seemed to me that Charles thought lowly of a fashion/political/cultural publication, and that Nico should be finding ways to bring peace in the Middle East instead. Enter an extremely cute and strapping young fellow, Kirby Atwood. He got a little less cute when I found out his name was Kirby (yes, like the game), but hey, Nico didn’t seem to mind. They meet at the Bonfire party, flirt, almost make-out, end up making out- then stopped. Nico remembers she’s married and is so not having this, until he writes his number on her thigh and she almost faints from the intense sexual tension right then and there. The lack of spark in the bedroom has Nico beyond agitated. The situation at work isn’t helping either. Her boss Hector, tells her that she won’t be getting the position of creative director, because he heard that she wants to start a family. Apparently, men and women are hardwired differently, so when a woman has a family (as opposed to a man), their career simultaneously goes down the drain. I definitely already hate Hector. When Charles doesn’t even notice the huge numbers written down his wife’s’ leg, she calls Kirby.

Victory’s line is on the rocks when the big guy overseeing her Japan stores hates her collection. But – her love life seems to be picking up. A phone call from Joe Bennett’s (a bazillionaire) assistant (“According to Google you are single”) for dinner puts a little something back into her life. The bratty and pretentious Bennett explains that if he were to call Victory himself, it would’ve cost him $20 grand, seeing as a minute is $5000 to him. Jerk.

The next day, he actually hand writes a note for her (oh wow!) and sends enough flowers to Victory that it would be safe to say that he probably wiped out a florist. She flies off to Japan to meet with the boss lady, who hires another designer to replicate her old looks to sell in stores, rather than her recent collection. Victory rejects the idea, balls in her hotel room, and rants to Bazillionaire over the phone. “I just want to go home!” she wails. In the blink of an eye, she is whisked away on his PJ (that’s private jet for all you non Bergdorf Blonde readers) and he takes the time to actually wait for her, rather than sit in his car. They kiss- it’s mushy- and totally unrealistic that someone decent looking who has a PJ is single and willing to fly you over from Japan in a snap. 

Next week- more ridiculous rich people activities in store for Victory and Joe, the beginning of a sexy affair between Orlando Bloom-esque Kirby and Nico, and a tell-all book about Wendy that leaves her not impressed.

Are we looking at a potential SATC replacement here? I can definitely feel the connection between the three ladies, and Kim Raver is absolutely believable as the mean, top of the game EIC. Wendy can just stop being so nice already, and Victory needs to stop wailing and design something nice already. Thoughts?

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