Lipstick Jungle

11:30pm – Friday, May 21 on TV 3

This week sees the return of Lipstick Jungle to our screens when the series premieres its second season on Friday, May 21st at 11:30pm on 3.

Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, this enticing series follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game.

“Obviously I’m biased but it has a fabulous script, very close to the book, and the production and casting are everything I’d hoped for,” Bushnell tells TV Guide Magazine.

Lipstick Jungle revolves around movie executive Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, and free-spirited designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price) who longs to make her dreams come true, and maybe find Mr. Right along the way.

“It’s like I’m shooting my own reality show,” says Shields of the series. “My character, Wendy Healy, is juggling a career and kids, just like me, so it’s like I’ve got a camera following me around all day.”

Although the series is based on the eponymous novel by Bushnell, the same person behind the Sex and the City book, Andrew McCarthy – who portrays Joe Bennett, the billionaire who romances fashion designer Victory – believes the show has something different to offer viewers.

“I was a big fan of Sex and the City, but [Lipstick Jungle] is different,” says McCarthy. “It’s a different book, and the tone is different and there is a real regard for women that I find really attractive… [but] the Sex and the City reference I think is inevitable because of Candace. She created them both, but it is a different beast.”

The series is so close to Bushnell’s book that it is filmed entirely in New York, the same city which the book is set in.

“It was great to come to New York but there were issues we wouldn’t have faced in L.A.,” explains California-based executive producer Eileen Heisler of the struggles of filming in the Big Apple. “We were filming in a brownstone which was so narrow we couldn’t be on the same floor as the actors,” she adds of one of the more memorable challenges.

“We were sitting watching the monitors in the basement with the windows open so the cables could be trailed in from above.”

Another challenge the crew faced was the off-putting New York weather during the mid-March filming. “It started sleeting and it was impossible to see what we were doing,” recalls Heisler, who says the average working day on set was 15 hours.

“We have been putting in some long hours,” agrees Shields.

Make sure not to miss the fruits of their labour when Lipstick Jungle returns to our screens on Friday, May 21st at 11:30pm on 3.

Tuesday, November 25th at 9:30pm

The ladies of Lipstick Jungle are in for another run of controversy and drama in the episode “Chapter Six: Take the High Road”, screening Tuesday, November 25th at 9:30pm on 3.

Lipstick Jungle revolves around movie executive Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, and free-spirited designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price) who longs to make her dreams come true, and maybe find Mr. Right along the way.

“Chapter Six: Take the High Road” sees emotions run high when a big project involving J.K. Rowling presents itself to Wendy, the movie executive and Nico travel to Scotland to make a meeting with Rowling happen. But in true Lipstick Jungle fashion the trip becomes complicated when Nico invites her man-on-the-side, Kirby (Robert Buckley) along for the journey.

Buckley recently spoke of his onscreen romance with Kim Raver’s magazine editor Nico and how the two actors deal with their onscreen chemistry. “By the fifth time, you’re like… whatever,” Buckley says of the love scenes involving Nico and Kirby. “And Kim’s great. We just laugh our way through it.”

The Lipstick Jungle star also recognises it was this affair with a married woman which got him interested in the series. “I really enjoyed the challenge,” he says of portraying a character responsible for possibly breaking up a marriage.

“This guy is pursuing a married woman. It starts off being an affair and turns out to be a much deeper emotional connection. It’s really a tough sell to get audiences to root for the infidelity, to root for the affair.”

“So I enjoy the challenge of, okay, how are we going to make people root for a woman cheating on her husband of 17 years. How are we going to get audiences to empathise with this woman risking everything just to be with this guy? That aspect of it was really exciting for me.”

Buckley also revealed that his own life does not live up to that of Kirby, saying it involves less action. “I’m single,” he says, but adds he has his “fingers crossed” that he’ll meet someone special.

But is Nico Kirby’s “someone special”, or just someone to pass the time with? Find out when the taboo couple travel to Scotland on Lipstick Jungle, screening Tuesday, November 25th at 9:30pm on 3.

Tuesday, November 11th at 9:30pm

It’s a woman’s world – Andrew McCarthy is just acting in it. The actor stars alongside Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price in TV3’s new hit drama series Lipstick Jungle, screening Tuesday, November 11th at 9:30pm on 3.

Based on the best-selling Candace Bushnell book of the same name, Lipstick Jungle follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game. Shields portrays movie executive Wendy Healy. Raver stars as magazine editor-in-chief Nico Reilly, Price is fashion designer Victory Ford, and Andrew McCarthy plays Victory’s billionaire knight in shining armour, Joe Bennett.

“[Joe] is one of these guys for whom anything goes,” McCarthy says of his character. “He’s not bound by any rules of society because money liberates you from all those constraints. The sky’s the limit.”

Although McCarthy admits he hasn’t read the book that inspired his series; “I came onboard on a Friday and we started filming on Monday,” he does say he’s been a long-time fan of Bushnell’s.

“I really like her take on the world,” McCarthy says. “I liked the idea that the show was about strong, powerful women.

“I was a big fan of ‘Sex and the City,’ but this is different. It’s a different book, and the tone is different and there is a real regard for women that I find really attractive… [but] the ‘Sex and the City’ reference I think is inevitable because of Candace. She created them both, but it is a different beast.”

Lipstick Jungle has recently started filming its second season after a brief hiatus caused by Raver’s pregnancy, and McCarthy for one could not be happier to be back doing what he does best.

“I always find shooting in New York a breeze,” he says of filming the series in the Big Apple. “I think it’s a nightmare for the production people trying to keep traffic and everything at bay, but for the acting part, it’s easy because you just sort of let New York take over.”

McCarthy feels the arrival of Lipstick Jungle comes at a strange time in the television industry due to the ever increasing effect the Internet has had on the business, however the actor is yet unsure whether this is a good or a bad thing.

“It’s a funny time in television,” McCarthy says. “I don’t know if people are watching or not watching or what their attitude toward television is at the moment, but this is a good show. It’s intelligent and sophisticated and has respect for its characters. It’s one of those shows you have to lean into because it’s not going to beat you over the head, and I like that aspect of it. It’s a good watch.”

And how does the Hollywood veteran feel about being a man in a woman’s world?

“I’ve always felt that way,” McCarthy says. “And I have no problem with it.”

Make sure to catch McCarthy and the woman of Lipstick Jungle when Nico comes clean with the gals about her affair. Lipstick Jungle screens Tuesday, November 11th at 9:30pm on 3.

Tuesday, October 28th at 9:30pm

Following her role as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, the psychiatrist of mob boss Tony Soprano on The Sopranos, Lorraine Bracco returns to television when she makes a guest appearance on 3’s hit series Lipstick Jungle, screening Tuesday, October 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

On last week’s premiere episode, fans got to know movie executive Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), free-spirited designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price), and editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine Nico Reilly (Kim Raver).

This week’s episode titled “Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred” sees the Jungle heat up as Lorraine Bracco guest stars as Janice Lasher, a spiteful book publisher with a grudge against Wendy and a tell-all manuscript by Wendy’s former nanny.

“When I spoke to [executive producer] Oliver [Goldstick] about creating Janice, I asked him to keep her a tough New Yorker,” says Bracco of her Lipstick Jungle character.

“I said, ‘Why can’t this character be someone who went to Brooklyn College instead of [the other women on Lipstick Jungle] who are very slick and fancy shmancy?’ I really wanted to be the ‘jungle’ in ‘Lipstick.’ ”

Sopranos fans in particular will love a scene in which Shields’ character, Wendy Healy, tries to get the book squelched in a confrontation in Lasher’s office. “You must have me confused with your shrink,” Lasher says to her with a sneer, an obvious reference to Bracco’s best-known character.

While Bracco’s Lipstick Jungle story will take only the next two episodes to tell, the actress says her character might return in future episodes. But if this does not go to plan, Bracco’s always got her side business to fall back on – for the past three years she has run her own wine importing firm.

“I lived in France for 10 years and always had a huge love of wine and food,” she says. “I didn’t want to sell hair products and perfumes and things like that, and when some people came to me with this, I said, ‘Wow, what a great idea! I could do that well.’ ”

But despite the booming business the actress says she would definitely like to return to Lipstick Jungle. She says being on the series made her feel right at home.

“You know what was great for me on Lipstick Jungle?,” she asks. “I walked into the set and found half my crew from The Sopranos!”

But will Janice be able to handle the new rules of the Jungle? Find out when Lipstick Jungle screens on Tuesday, October 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

Tuesday, October 21st at 9:30pm

From the creator of Sex and the City comes one of the most exciting new series of ’08, the highly anticipated Lipstick Jungle premieres Tuesday, October 21st at 9:30pm on 3.

Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, this enticing new series follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game.

“Obviously I’m biased but it has a fabulous script, very close to the book, and the production and casting are everything I’d hoped for,” says Bushnell, who features in a cameo role in the season premier, of the series.

Lipstick Jungle revolves around movie executive Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, and free-spirited designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price) who longs to make her dreams come true, and maybe find Mr. Right along the way.

“It’s like I’m shooting my own reality show,” says Shields of the series. “My character, Wendy Healy, is juggling a career and kids, just like me, so it’s like I’ve got a camera following me around all day.”

Although the series is based on the eponymous novel by Bushnell, the same person behind the Sex and the City book, Andrew McCarthy – who portrays Joe Bennett, the billionaire who romances fashion designer Victory – believes the show has something different to offer viewers.

“I was a big fan of Sex and the City, but [Lipstick Jungle] is different,” says McCarthy. “It’s a different book, and the tone is different and there is a real regard for women that I find really attractive… [but] the Sex and the City reference I think is inevitable because of Candace. She created them both, but it is a different beast.”

The series is so close to Bushnell’s book that it is filmed entirely in New York, the same city which the book is set in.

“It was great to come to New York but there were issues we wouldn’t have faced in L.A.,” explains California-based executive producer Eileen Heisler of the struggles of filming in the Big Apple. “We were filming in a brownstone which was so narrow we couldn’t be on the same floor as the actors,” she adds of one of the more memorable challenges.

“We were sitting watching the monitors in the basement with the windows open so the cables could be trailed in from above.”

Another challenge the crew faced was the off-putting New York weather during the mid-March filming. “It started sleeting and it was impossible to see what we were doing,” recalls Heisler, who says the average working day on set was 15 hours.

“We have been putting in some long hours,” agrees Shields.

But it seems the long hours have paid off as the series has been well received by critics and fans alike. Make sure not to miss this hit when Lipstick Jungle premieres on Tuesday, October 21st at 9:30pm on 3.

This may screen on TV3 next year and stars Brooke Shields. The show is based on the novel of the same name and is said to be a new sort-of Sex and the City (but less sex).

Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City), this enticing new dramedy follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game. Nico (Kim Raver), editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, has her eye on becoming CEO. Movie exec Wendy (Brooke Shields) does everything she can to balance career and family. And free-spirited designer Victory (Lindsay Price) longs to make her dreams come true, and maybe find Mr. Right along the way. Armed with humor and strength, these three modern New York women support one another through the triumphs and tears that are all part of making it big in The Big Apple.

U.S. network television will present a stronger feminine side next season, with a parade of new prime time heroines, including a bionic woman, a cyborg-fighting mom and a group of high-heeled sleuths.

Nearly a dozen new shows featuring women protagonists, some in crime-fighting, butt-kicking roles, are part of broadcasters’ recently unveiled 2007-2008 TV schedules.

The list includes sci-fi dramas, sitcoms, a spinoff of the hit hospital soap “Grey’s Anatomy” and a pair of shows billed as descendants of the landmark former HBO “dramedy” about four urban singletons, “Sex and the City.”

Female-led shows are hardly new to TV — just ask Lucille Ball, Marlo Thomas, Mary Tyler Moore or Angie Dickinson. But the latest offerings represent an unusually large number of prime time series for and about women.

They follow a memorable year for women in the media, from Katie Couric, who moved from morning TV to anchoring the CBS Evening News, to the on-camera acrimony that swept ABC’s talk show “The View.”

Since women account for a majority of America’s TV audience, it is no surprise that networks want to appeal to them.

GREY SUCCESS

TV producers, writers and network programmers are driven largely by their desire to repeat a winning formula, so experts say the latest trend was undoubtedly influenced by the success of recent hits like ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty,” which drew a broad audience while catering to women.

Some female-centered shows have proven more popular with both genders, particularly action dramas.

“There’s something very enticing to men about a girl who can kick butt, as long as it’s not theirs,” said Shari Anne Brill, director of programming for media buying agency Carat USA. “Women are much more into watching shows about friendship and relationships than men are.”

This fall, the networks are introducing both types of shows.

NBC plans to launch “Bionic Woman,” a remake of the 1970s series that starred Lindsay Wagner as a wonder of super-human engineering, and “Lipstick Jungle,” based on the bestseller by “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell, about three high-powered women, one of them played by Brooke Shields.

Fox is going the sci-fi action route, too, with “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a “Terminator” films spinoff. It follows the title character as she fights to save herself and her son from an onslaught of robotic enemies from the future.

Two other Fox entries include the courtroom drama “Canterbury’s Law,” starring “ER” veteran Julianna Margulies as a rebellious defense attorney, and the sitcom “The Return of Jezebel James,” about the uneasy relationship of two sisters.

But the heaviest concentration of new female stars is on ABC, where “Grey’s Anatomy” is begetting the new medical drama “Private Practice,” with Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery.

New ABC offerings also include “Women’s Murder Club,” about a group of San Francisco women investigating homicides, and Cashmere Mafia,” another female ensemble drama from “Sex and the City” creator-producer Darren Star.

Even the upcoming ABC drama “Big Shots,” about of four male business executives, has been described as a wish-fulfillment show for women, depicting men the way women would like to them to be — sensitive and in touch with their feelings.

“It’s very much a chicks’ show,” Brill said. “It’s re-imagining men as maybe being human too.”

Source: Yahoo! TV

Kim Raver, who plays Audrey Raines on 24 is expecting her second child. Raver has been married to French film maker Manual Boyer for six years and have a four year old named Luke.

Kim is set to star as a fashion editor in new series Lipstick Jungle based on a novel by the author of Sex and the City.