“Lipstick Jungle” back with Moore


Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? If you don’t know, you really need to watch more TV Land. And I do mean Moore.

The producers of Lipstick Jungle are hoping Mary Tyler Moore can use her TV charm to bring a new dimension – and a new audience – to the series. Moore will guest star in several episodes as the retired mother of Wendy (Brooke Shields) – no doubt due to the actresses’ remarkable resemblance.

Moore’s character, Joyce, is a former high-powered executive who will challenge Wendy’s belief that she doesn’t have to choose between professional and personal success. Moore already is a big fan of the show, as she told the Hollywood Reporter:

“I’m fortunate to have had a front row seat to the evolution of working women on television. It’s been great fun to watch the strong female characters of ‘Lipstick Jungle’ go at it week after week. I absolutely adore Brooke and I’m delighted to be a part of a show which is so well written.”

Yeah, that’s why most of us watched – for the writing.

Honestly, I didn’t care much for Lipstick Jungle at first, but either the show got better or I just got so bored during the writers’ strike that I liked anything that I hadn’t already seen.

The season finale, however, left me feeling a little, well, icky. Ironically, what left me cold was a kiss between Victory and another woman. Funny how the presence of a man sort of takes the hotness out of a lesbian kiss. Hopefully, if we see Lindsay Price in another same sex scene, it will be a bit more, um, organic.

For Moore, of course, playing a “career woman” is old hat. (That one was accidental, I promise.) In fact, she, Rhoda and Phyllis could be early versions of the Lipstick ladies. OK, sure, Rhoda designed department store windows and Phyllis got fired from Mary’s studio, but work with me here.

I will watch anything with Mary Tyler Moore (but please, Mary, no more plastic surgery). And Moore’s storyline, combined with likely promotions reminding people that Lipstick author Candace Bushnell also wrote Sex and the City, should bring new viewers to the series. If the writers can give us something worth watching, Lipstick Jungle might just make it after all.

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