By Peg Johnston • February 08, 2008•Other Career Issues
Editor's Note: a new episode of Lipstick Jungle airs tonight. [Link goes to TV Guide to help you catch reruns and then the new ep tonight on NBC, USA, Oxygen, and Bravo.]
In these days of slim-pickens when it comes to new scripted TV to watch, I am intrigued that two new drama-dies have come out of the woodwork to comment on the struggles of working women. (I haven't watched Cashmere Mafia but have heard that it is really good.) Last night I watched Lipstick Jungle on NBC. I even put off my contract revision and diligence work until 11pm to catch this show -- and, girls that is a late night for me!
I thought the show was good. I am going to have to get over the fact that these women all have unbelievably over-the-top dream jobs if I continue to watch. (Studio Exec, Fashion Designer with her own label, and Magazine Publisher) But, that aside, the personal stories are interesting and make for good TV. They line up with the issues that we talk about on Ms. JD -- balancing family and work, whether or not to show emotions at work, the effectiveness of male vs. female traits in the professional setting, being mommy-tracked, dealing with stereotypes about women in the office, missing opportunities that open on the golf course, not being invited to golf, random inappropriate comments, supportive spouse forced to live in the shadow of a successful woman, and so on. As I write this, I am realizing that there were many, many issues touched on in tonight's episode that really encompass a lot of the struggles that are unique to working women (as opposed to working men).
My recommendation: check it out but when you do try to get past the amazing careers and constant make-up applications (and many make-up commercials)!
I would love to hear why people think this is the current hot topic for TV drama/comedies and whether you think it is a coincidence that now is the time when websites like Ms. JD, Glass Hammer, Damsels in Success and the like are taking off. Is this all about prepping the market for the inevitable conversation about livable work/life expectations in this society?