It was a tough day when we found out that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is on the verge of getting axed because not enough people are watching it. Quality-wise, there are way worse shows on TV that deserve to get cut first. We're celebrating the timely demise of Do Not Disturb (although it's still baffling how it got on the air in the first place), but here are some others that should hit the road... and fast.
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.
You know how every news outlet in the Western Hemisphere reported that Lipstick Jungle had been canceled last week? Well, according to Brooke Shields that was all a lie! She told NY Mag yesterday that "it's erroneously presented that we've been canceled, thank God." And went on to add, "Our bosses are saying, 'You're not canceled, don't worry.'" Really, Brooke Shields? Because what we've heard is that the writers have cleaned out their offices, and that you've been, you know, shitcanned. Looks like somebody went to the Denise Richards School of Cancellation Denial, where if you say your show is picked up to the press enough times, it will magically become true, despite insurmountable cause and reason to cancel it. But hey, if it keeps Kim Raver away from 24, I say we renew this thing for the next 10 years, NBC!
So you remember that show Big Shots it was about four hot-ish guys who were young guns in big power positions? You don't? That's because it got cancelled last fall because it was just bad. Maybe you remember Cashmere Mafia? No? It was the one with Lucy Liu and some other attractive-ish women in high power jobs ruling the world and having a lot of sex. It aired its episodes and then promptly got removed from the airwaves, never to be heard from again. Perhaps you've at least heard of Lipstick Jungle? If you've been watching the Olympics you've inevitably seen commercials for it. It's the one with Brooke Shields as some big wig executive and her friends also have amazing jobs and lots of sex. This one actually got a second season pick up and will be returning soon. Not a good show, but the best of the worst here. All of this brings me to my point: According to Variety, NBC is developing a new series called Mogulettes.
And the cancellations begin! As much as I've been enjoying weecapping My Own Worst Enemy for all you nice people, not to mention watching Christian Slater do some sexy kung fu movies every week, quite often shirtless, after the way the show dropped off in entertainment value since the pilot, I'm fine with it being canceled. At this point, it's unclear whether Monday's episode will be pulled from the schedule, or if NBC will decide to show the remaining five that have been shot. Either way, the series has wrapped for good after shooting only nine episodes, due to crap ratings. Sigh, I will miss seeing Christian Slater every week. Can we work on getting him a better series, Hollywood? Now, on to Lipstick Jungle.
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.
Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, the ladies who penned 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde and The House Bunny, are currently developing a series with ABC about their creative process, friendship and, as ABC Studios (hilariously) puts it, their "(mis)adventures in Hollywood." I'd have gone all out and said "(miss adventures)" instead to really drive the point home, but that's just me. Apparently the creative process they speak of is some crazy champagne-and-therapy marathon, which sounds simultaneously awesome, teary, and expensive, which... kind of sounds like it would make a great series? Am I crazy, or does this thing actually sound good? Let's get into it.
A few show additions for your Tuesday viewing/anticipating pleasure. We've re-introduced Jericho, the little nuclear engine that kind of, sort of, roughly could; we've added Lipstick Jungle, which even we don't really know as a separate entity from Cashmere Mafia yet; and we're awaiting all manner of Berliantian wonderfulness from Eli Stone.
Ruh roh! The bell is about to toll for Lipstick Jungle. Or so says an anonymous NBC exec, who intimates that the CBS show Numb3rs, which shares the same Friday night time slot, is murdering LJ ratings-wise. Is it because the target demo (upwardly mobile gays and ladies in their mid-thirties to fifties) are out getting their Cosmos on during LP's 10 PM Friday slot while all the Mathletes sit at home watching Numb3rs and playing WoW?