James Lesure by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo
It's a sad world where Las Vegas' reliable Mike gets second billing behind Rosie Perez. Yet that's what happened last week at the TCA press tour, when NBC trumpeted the guest-casting of the sometimes polarizing Latina on Lipstick Jungle, then virtually added, as an aside, "Oh, and James Lesure, too."How does the Vegas vet fit into the Jungle's sophomore season? Sources tell me Lesure will be playing the role of Griffin, boss to both Kim Raver's Nico and Brooke Shields' Wendy. I'm also hearing that over the course of Lesure's multi-episode run, Griffin might strike up a certain chemistry with Nico, though it might not necessarily lead to (her busy) boudoir. What do you say, Vegas fans? With Josh off doing Transformers 2 and the reunion movie pretty darn squashed, are you glad to see "Mike" back on TV? Matt Mitovich
Carlos Ponce courtesy Telemundo/NBC Unversal
Things are getting even steamier in the Lipstick Jungle next season when Rosie Perez and Puerto Rican singer Carlos Ponce heat up the action for several episodes. Ponce will be giving Victory's (Lindsey Price) main squeeze, Joe Bennett (Andrew McCarthy), a run for his money as the sexy Rodrigo, a contractor who promises to be antithesis of McCarthy's bougie character. Perez, meanwhile, will play Dalia, a feisty publicist who's at the top of her game. Dalia was reportedly inspired by Salma Hayek, who's literally running the show around Hollywood these days.Since Bennett isn't out of the picture, it can only mean that Lipstick will likely be melting with all the intrigue and attraction. How do you think these new show additions will handle Jungle life? The new roles were first reported by E! Online. Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to take a walk in the Jungle.Related: Mary Tyler Moore Welcomed to the Jungle
Mary Tyler Moore by Steve Granitz/ WireImage.com
She can turn the world on with a smile, but can she turn more viewers on to a sophomore-season drama? Seven-time Emmy winner Mary Tyler Moore has been booked for a multi-episode arc on NBC's Lipstick Jungle, playing mom to Brooke Shields' Wendy. Moore's alter ego, Joyce, is a retired high-powered executive who forces Wendy to question the ideal of "Having it all." And then a clown named Chuckles dies and they attend the funeral together. Matt Mitovich
John Adams courtesy HBO
So, if you have a dad like mine, this weekend is a cause for alarm. Im a little too old to be giving him a can of cashews again, he has every book on the Civil War known to man, and Ive probably stolen every tool hes been given over the last 10 years. See? The man is impossible to buy for!To take a little pressure off myself (and hopefully inspire some of you equally desperate ACOIFs...Adult Children of Impossible Fathers), I offer a cheat sheet of DVD sets perfect for every daddy-o
For the Jock The Major League bigwigs have released these spectacular Esssential Games collections celebrating baseball at its best, played in the best parks. So far, Fenway Park and Shea Stadium have gotten the love, but when Philadelphias beloved (now leveled) Veterans Stadium makes the cut, yours truly is going to be a very happy man.Buy Esssential Games on Amazon.comFor the Historian Hello? HBOs fantastic John Adams miniseries just hit the shelve...
Milo Ventimiglia by Adam Taylor/NBC
NBC has revealed premiere dates for its fall lineup, including a three-hour (!) opener for Heroes on Sept. 22, which leads into the two-hour first eppy with a one-hour clip show. Here are the highlights of the Peacock's plan, by night:Monday, Sept. 22:Heroes, 8 pm (clip show), 9 pm (two-hour premiere)Tuesday, Sept. 23:Law & Order: SVU, 10 pmWednesday, Sept. 24:Knight Rider, 8 pmLipstick Jungle, 10 pmThursday, Sept. 25:My Name Is Earl, 8 pm (hour premiere)The Office, 9 pm (hour premiere)ER, 10 pmMonday, Sept. 29:Chuck, 8 pmMy Own Worst Enemy, 10 pmThursday, October 9:Kath & Kim, 9:30 pmFriday, October 17:Crusoe, 8 pmThursday, October 30:30 Rock, 8:30 pmOur Fall TV grid detailing what's on and when can be found here.
Lipstick Jungle Season 1 courtesy NBC/Universal
New releases announced today, March 26:The Batman - The Complete 5th Season will be coming out July 22The Closer - The Complete 3rd Season will be coming out July 1Lipstick Jungle - Season 1 will be coming out May 27Teen Titans - The Complete 5th Season will be coming out July 22Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
Question: I agree wholeheartedly with the concluding statement in your Oscar Dispatch that nothing from this year's show was worthy of being excerpted in the future. There were very few highlights. One for me was a reminder of how much I lus... love Kristin Chenoweth. Her big production number from Enchanted was scintillating. Also "enchanting" was Amy Adams' song from the movie. As for the winning song, I never even heard of the movie, let along the song. Several bloggers on your website have mentioned the humorous turn by Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. I wondered who those two homely chubbies were, and now that I've heard their names, I still don't know who the hell they are. Much more amusing to me were Josh Brolin and James McEvoy as presenters. Also Steve Carell, as usual. On another, completely unrelated note, I see the announcement today that the lousy soap Lipstick Jungle has had more new episodes ordered. Another BS move by BS (Ben Silverman), who lets Friday Night Lights twist in ...
Question: Why is it that when something is seen as bad or clumsily put together, it is automatically compared to a sitcom (as in your Lipstick Jungle review)? Yes, most use the term "bad sitcom," but as a sitcom writer, I find that statement to be a little offensive, because to me it implies that sitcoms are a lower form of entertainment then dramas. Why can't something just be bad? There are many bad shows out there, not just sitcoms. And for those sitcoms that truly are great, comparing a bad show to a sitcom hurts the integrity of the form. Sorry, just had to get that out there, because some sitcoms in the past have dealt with issues better than any show, let alone any drama, could dream of doing, such as All in the Family and Roseanne once did and the way South Park does today. Thanks for the platform, Matt.
Answer: I get where you're coming from. I feel the same way when I read a theater or movie review and the critic snottily patronizes something as being too much like TV, as if TV
NBC has ordered an additional six episodes (for a total of 13) of Lipstick Jungle, its frothy freshman drama based on the book by Candace Bushnell.After three airings, Lipstick is winning its Thursdays-at-10 slot among women 18-49, women 18-34 and men who like seeing Kim Raver fake sexual ecstasy with that whole biting-the-lower-lip thing. Oh yes.
Kim Raver, Lipstick Jungle
We've seen Kim Raver on more intense, testosterone-fueled dramas like 24 and the highly touted but short-lived The Nine, but now she's switching gears to star in the estrogen-driven dramedy Lipstick Jungle (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET, NBC) as Nico Reilly, the tough-as-nails editor in chief of "Bonfire" magazine. We caught up with Raver to discuss the new show.
TV Guide: Were you looking to do something lighter?Kim Raver: Definitely. I did Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller and I had so much fun doing comedy. This was a perfect combination of what I loved about doing 24 and The Nine and what I loved about Night at the Museum.
TV Guide: There are the inevitable comparisons to Sex and the City and Cashmere Mafia. What makes Lipstick Jungle