Prepare yourself for many a monologue about the industry...
Cleveland just got fleetingly hotter.
Mary Tyler Moore, that's who! The fabulous Ms. Moore will hopefully be pulling a Heather Locklear by joining the cast of Lipstick Jungle for several episodes. No, not the one with Lucy Liu. This is the other kind of vapid girl power show that debuted a few months back with Brooke Shields. In fact, Moore is going to be Brooke's new mommy. Wonder what Tom Cruise will have to say about that. The spunky star is a high-powered exec of some sort who will be giving her "you can have it all studio honcho daughter" a hard time. Hmm ... can't be any worse than Mary's old co-star Lou Grant being wasted on the promising, but disappointing Studio 60 as a high powered network executive. Maybe she'll be like Sally Field on Brothers and Sisters and completely make this show worth watching. Or maybe not. But for her "multi-episode arc" I will actually be forcing myself to tune into this series, which I guess is probably the whole point of getting her to play this role.
The things I do because of my undying love of Mary Tyler Moore. I mean, I haven't watched Lipstick Jungle since the pilot and now here I am watching it early (before it starts on Sept. 24th) because I want to get a glimpse of MTM in action. She's looking quite botoxed (a substance which this episode taught me has some other interesting uses). The season premiere starts out with the three women giggling at at funeral (much like the most famous episode of Mary Tyler Moore in which Mary herself starts laughing uncontrollably at the funeral service for the station's resident clown). That's where the similarities end. The show isn't that terrible. It's just not my cup of tea. I already watched all of Sex and the City, I can't commit to another show just like it but less funny. But every once and a while it is nice to watch a show that is so uncomplicated that you can just jump into it without really much knowledge of it at all and completely follow the plot and storyline. It's like a soap opera. I don't plan on watching again... well, except for the episodes with Mary. Then I'm under fan obligation to sit through them.
We're still in the "slow season" for TV on DVD releases, but there are a few DVDs worth mentioning and a bunch worth making fun of.