Lipstick Jungle

Lipstick JungleNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 20 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: February 7, 2008 — January 9, 2009
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price, Paul Blackthorne, Andrew McCarthy, Robert Buckley, David Norona, Dylan Clark Marshall, Sarah Hyland, Matt Lauria, and Seth Kirschner.

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TV show description:
Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell (who also wrote Sex and the City), this drama follows the lives of three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of their complicated personal and professional lives.

Parador Pictures president Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields) does everything she can to balance her career with her life with unhappy, stay-at-home husband Shane (Christopher Wiehl, then Paul Blackthorne) and daughter Maddie (Sarah Hyland).

Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) is the editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine named Bonfire. Nico has her eye on becoming the CEO and isn’t helped any by her lifeless marriage to Charles (Christopher Cousins). Nico’s boss Hector (Julian Sands) tortures her, her co-worker Mike (David Alan Basche) tries to sabotage her professional credibility, and flirtatious hottie Kirby Atwood (Will Toale, then Robert Buckley) is determined to conquer her.

Free-spirited designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price) longs to make her dreams come true and hopes to find “Mr. Right” along the way. He could be eccentric and wealthy Joe Bennett (Andrew McCarthy) who loves the idea of sweeping her off her feet, even if it’s usually communicated through his assistant.

Series Finale:     
Episode 20 — La Vie En Pose
Nico gets into her office to start her day. She plays her messages to find one from Kirby, who has called from Aspen to wish her a Happy New Year. At Victory’s, her parents arrive in New York via private jet that Joe arranged for them. Her parents insist on staying at her house, rather than accepting Joe’s offer to stay at the Four Seasons.

Griffin greets Nico in her office to hand her a document from the legal department acknowledging a romantic relationship between them. Nico, taken aback by the document, isn’t sure how to respond, creating a bit of tension between her and Griffin.

Wendy, struggling with Maddie, looks to Shane for some advice before he leaves on tour. She is also preparing to throw Joe and Victory’s engagement party. Back at Victory’s, she is showing her parents photos from her store opening, but her parents are critical at every turn.

Sal fills Wendy in on a story that Nico is working on and suggests that Wendy look at buying the film rights. After all, he owes her one. In Nico’s office, during a staff meeting, she realizes she may have fallen off the press’ list of top invites to parties.

Joe and Victory’s parents are trying to find common ground in conversation, but instead, there are several awkward silences. Victory’s mom is sharing some of her wedding ideas, when Victory lets her know that Joe might be more into an intimate ceremony than a traditional wedding.

As Joe leaves for a meeting, he sets plans to take them to a fancy dinner and a helicopter ride, but they are resistant. Plus, Victory is concerned with Joe’s spending, considering his financial situation.

Griffin pops by Nico’s office to see if she’s finished the letter for the legal department. He also wants to know why she tipped off Wendy to a film property she knew he wanted to buy for Parador. Nico, caught off guard, is disappointed in Griffin’s approach.

Nico meets with Dahlia about her image. She is worried that due to personal reasons, she was out of the spotlight for a few months. Dahlia, a fast worker, gets her booked in the 10am hour of the Today Show for the next morning.

Victory confides in Wendy about the difficulties with her parents in town and Joe’s grand style, considering his financial restraints. Later, Joe takes Victory and her parents to a private showing of the latest exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. After an awkward conversation about Joe and Victory having kids, they all walk in silence.

Maddie comes in past her curfew and Wendy is furious. When she tells Wendy that she was in Paul’s dorm room downtown, Wendy grounds her.

Nico makes a late-night visit to Wendy to discuss Griffin and find out who tipped her off to the possible film rights. Wendy, not shocked at Nico’s confession about getting involved with Griffin, is supportive of her friend regardless of the fact that he fired Wendy from Parador.

Kirby pays a visit to Victory’s store to show her the new ad for her linen collection. While there, Victory gets a call from Dahlia to turn on the Today Show. Kirby stands by and watches Nico’s interview.

During Nico’s Today Show interview, things veer from the Bonfire article to questions about her relationship with Kirby. During the questioning, Nico stands up for her relationship and makes an impact on Kirby, who is watching from Victory’s store. Griffin, also watching, is unsettled.

At Joe and Victory’s engagement party, Nico confronts Dahlia about her Today Show interview, but Griffin shows up and interrupts. Victory talks to her father about his toast at the party — he’s told her he won’t be doing one. Griffin approaches Wendy to thank her for the invite and she uses it as an opportunity to set the record straight on the film project.

Joe wants to help Wendy bankroll an offer to counter a studio, but Wendy lets it slip that she knows about his money troubles. In the kitchen, Victory talks to her dad about his reservations regarding Joe. She reminds him of his own parents’ reaction to his marriage to her mom, a young Korean girl at the time, and that Victory was seven before meeting her grandparents.

Wendy and Nico give speeches to the happily engaged couples. During the speech, Wendy notices Maddie walk into the party drunk and grab a glass of champagne. After the speech, she quietly walks to the back, grabs her daughter and leaves. Griffin approaches Nico and excuses himself from the party.

Wendy tries to hail a cab to get her and Maddie home. Maddie, upset, tells Wendy it’s all her fault that Shane left and isn’t coming back. That he left on tour to get away from her. Wendy tries to tell her that they aren’t splitting up, but Maddie gets sick and throws up in a trash can.

Victory and Joe decide on wedding plans. Kirby pays Nico a visit which opens up the possibility of something new. Wendy and Maddie come to a truce and find comfort in their relationship.
First aired: January 9, 2009.


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  1. Michele says

    The Show MUST go on…..keep it on the air-on a steady night/time. IT WAS WONDERFUL-looked forward to it every week. Independent women love this stuff-their lives were interesting, realistic and suspenseful. This last episode was great–you left your audience happy with the outcome-and psychologically that was great–but WE ARE BACK TO BOTHER YOU TO ADD MORE, MORE MORE PLEASE!

  2. Amelia says

    Please do not go through with canceling LIpstick Jungle! Its a great show with so much to relate to. Give it another shot!!!!! ………… PLEASE! Listen to your fans!

  3. Ramona E. Re says

    I hope the show does NOTget cancelled, I look forward to it every Friday night.
    With all the ridiculous shows out there these days, it is refreshing to watch these women with brains and fashion sense.
    I missed the first season and stumbled upon season 2 and have been hooked ever since. So has my husband and he is not a T.V. person beyond the newshour.

  4. Maricel Reighard says

    LJ would be greatly missed. What will I watch on Friday nights? I got so excited when LJ was moved up to 9pm vs. 10pm on Fridays, only to see it go away in a couple of episodes. It would’ve done better on an earlier time slot on Wednesdays, no wonder it didn’t carry enough viewers, viewers were too discombobulated between holiday TV schedules, and NBC’s poor decision in moving LJ’s time slot multiple times around! The show had a very poor chance in the hands of NBC execs. Maybe it should be picked up by another network? It’s interesting material, something young women really need to see themselves in; confident, successful women “making it” in a dog eat dog world of power while continuing to battle personal and family issues. In what network does this exist today? Too bad for NBC. They trashed a wonderful opportunity to embark on a fresh and unique show of this time. Poor management all together.

  5. Tracee says

    Please don’t cancel Lipstick Jungle. I can’t always watch on Friday nights, but I always get get caught up with the full episode online. This is my guilty pleasure on Saturday afternoons while my son naps.

  6. Trisha & Katie says

    please reconsider canceling LJ. We agree with Tami’s comment, all the good shows seem to be taking off the air…..October Road, What about Brian and Men in Trees. What are women supposed to watch? Reality TV is not all that great. There are a lot of other shows that should be canceled instead.

  7. Tami says

    I love this show and would truly hate to see it go! SO many good shows have been taken off gthe air…October Road, What about Brian, Men In Trees and now Lip stick Jungle??? It seems none of the networks can get it right they just want reality TV. Like I want to see a bunch of model types learn they are ugly on the inside! UGH!

  8. Julie says

    There are such AWFUL shows on TV — I can’t believe you’re going to cancel this one — it is a lot better than many shows!

  9. Tiffany says

    I just love this show. I love the theme song, I love the characters. Please don’t leave us hanging w/Nicco harvesting her eggs. I want to see where Brooke Shields and her husband are going in there relationship.
    Please Please keep this show!

  10. Rose Gomez says

    Not another show cancelled…1st the ex list now lipstick jungle…WTF???? Bring back my shows this is unfair! I watch tv and these are the ones I love beside watching Law n Order and ER!

  11. maria says

    NBC thousand excuses ! …. But ending the Lipstick Jungle series is a complete nonsense!
    Lipstick Jungle is a series with strong characters/actors and a great argument.
    With these ingedientes ! … NBC …is needed more strength, time and determination to develop the Lipstick Jungle history ! Not to do the opposite.

    Please do not let die the complex history lives of Wendy, Nico and Victory.
    The magic of the TV Shows is to allow us all a time for dream …

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