Lorraine Bracco’s claws are out for “Lipstick Jungle”

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I haven’t gotten around to

watching Lipstick Jungle yet, despite the fact that its leads

make a gorgeous three-way trio.

The reviews have not been kind, just as our resident TV ranters,

Sarah and Lori, predicted. But an upcoming guest may motivate

me to give the show a chance.

Lorraine

Bracco
plays

Janice Lasher (love the name), a venomous, Judith Regan–like book publisher with a grudge

against Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields) and a tell-all manuscript

by Wendy’s former nanny. In a funny scene on a show that takes itself too

seriously
, Bracco

delivers a meta zinger when Wendy tries to convince Janice not to publish

the book. Wendy goes on and on about the trials of trying to balance

the demands of being a movie mogul and a good mom. When she finishes

spilling her guts, Janice waits a beat and says, “You must have

me confused with your shrink.” You go, Dr. Melfi.

Bracco herself suggested that Janice should have a hard edge.

“When I spoke to [executive

producer] Oliver [Goldstick] about creating Janice, I asked him to keep

her a tough New Yorker. I said, ‘Why can’t this character be someone

who went to Brooklyn College instead of [the other women on Lipstick]

who are very slick and fancy shmancy?’ I wanted to be the ‘jungle’ in

Lipstick
.”

Wanna be a part of my jungle,

Lorraine? Grr.

The story arc with Bracco takes

only two episodes, but she hopes to return later in the series. I’d

say that’s the first order of business for the back-to-work Lipstick

writers.

Did you watch the premier of

Lipstick Jungle
? What did you think? How does it compare to Cashmere

Mafia
? Who would you invite to play in your jungle?

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