Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lipstick Jungle - Is it or isn't it Cancelled?

Hi Darlings:

The question of the day seems to be whether or not Lipstick Jungle has been cancelled, given the ax, thrown over the cliff, wiped off the schedule by NBC. So far I've received emails from many of you concerned that the show has not been canceled. So, where are we now?

On Monday, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the show's producers were told that no more episodes will be ordered. From an insiders point of view this is the unofficial axing.

However, according to NY Times talk of the show's demise is premature.

Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, said Monday that NBC will now definitely finish the 13 episodes that the network originally ordered — it has 4 more episodes to run — and may order more if the show “grows more.” The series has always been among the best-rated among high-income households, which NBC likes
According to James Hibberd at Live Feed, Brooke Shields was quoted saying

Brooke Shields told US Weekly that "Lipstick Jungle" is not canceled:
"They thought that because 'My Own Worst Enemy' has been shut down that the same thing had happened to us, and it's not true ... they're not breaking down the sets. We're still working. We still have more to do, so it's erroneously presented
that we've been canceled, thank God."

According to Hibberd,
The outcry over "Enemy" being canceled was fairly weak while the outcry
over "Lipstick" was impressively vehement (fans are mailing tubes of lipstick to
the network). Sources say "Lipstick" backers (some inside NBC) are doing a full
court press (public and private) to lobby for a pickup. Shields' comment is less
a reflection of reality than part of a concerted effort to change reality. Few of NBC's shows have received this kind of outpouring of positive fan reaction. Does it really want to cancel an underperforming show that's getting a passionate response?
Another factor is Friday's episode. Two days after the cancellation stories made the rounds, the show went up 17% in the adult demo from the week before. And the previous week's episode went up 20%. Those are big gains ... but they're big gains from small numbers. Friday had 3.6 million viewers and 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. Unless Shields is willing to work pro bono, that's still too low for a scripted drama in primetime. Internal "Lipstick" defenders note the show is gaining plenty from DVR viewing, but so did "Life" when it moved to the same slot (you may not know your show was shipped into broadcast Siberia, but your Tivo does).

So fans of the show, is this a gimmick to get the viewers/fans/your attention or are the executives of the show rethinking a decision that was in the works. What do you think?

If you are really upset you can always mail in your tube of lipstick to ...

Copied and pasted from imdb:

Post by lipstickjungleemployee 12 hours ago (Fri Nov 14 2008 13:05:42)
Lipstick Jungle Fans!!

First off, thank you so so much for your continued support and love of the show! It's because of you guys and gals that we do what we do! Now, we know that everyone here has heard some not so great news about the show this week. We aren't cancelled, but it's not looking good. The show is in need of a miracle, and we here at the show think that we've come up with it:

First Off: WATCH. THE. SHOW!!!! The most important thing that you all can do is watch the show this and every Friday. Watch it live! Watch it with friends! Talk about the show with friends! We need eyes on the show!!!

Secondly: We've heard that the powers that be at NBC want and need to see the support of our amazing fans! So we've come up with a really effective and cool idea for all of you!

Here's Jeff's address:
Jeff Zucker
30 Rockerfeller Plaza
Suite 2502-E
New York, NY 10112

Send as many tubes of lipstick as you can! And even better, send Maybelline brand (since Maybelline is a HUGE supporter of our show and it would show them as well that LJ is a show they should continue to support!)

Need an easy way to order online? Here's a link to Amazon:
Send as many as you can! Tell all of your friends! The show is in DESPERATE need of your support! Now is not the time to sit back and hope for the best!

Your Friends,
The Lipstick Jungle Team :-)

Hugs and besos!

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