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Separated at Birth: Lipstick Jungle and Cashmere Mafia

A week from tonight, the Cashmere Mafia vs. Lipstick Jungle battle finally kicks into real gear when Lipstick airs its premiere episode. OK, so it's not as much of a throwdown as I once hoped: Cashmere hasn't been looking so hot in the ratings, and thanks to the strike, the shows will only overlap for three weeks.

Still, now that I've seen two episodes of Lipstick and four of Cashmere, I can't let the opportunity pass to compare and contrast the similarly named shows. Still confused about which one came from a book (that would be Lipstick) and which one got costume designer Patricia Field (that's Cashmere)? Here's a breakdown of their differences — some serious, some frivolous, just like the shows themselves.

Cashmere Mafia Lipstick Jungle
Network ABC NBC
Sex and The City Representative Darren Star Candace Bushnell
Number of Friends 4 3
Meaningful Character Name Zoe Burden, overworked mother Victory Ford, failing fashion designer
Series Name Said in Series Yes Not yet
Most Cringe-Worthy Line "Kinda like a little bone voyage." "Do you know how old I am?"
Average Age of Its Stars 38 37
# of Affairs in First Episode One One
Blind Date? Yes
(Mia with a neurosurgeon)
(Victory with a billionaire)
Implausibility (from 1-10) 9 8.5
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rubiene rubiene 9 years
well lipstick i think is more in tune with a lot of women. simple fashion, great actors, a little fun and's nice. nothing shocking like some clothes from the other new show alike. for me Satc is history and it was great. this show is a great one. so different from the first book. along the way. i am will show more of the thress character their past early lives based on the book. its interesting.
Sea_Blue Sea_Blue 9 years
hands down, 100% Cashmere!! The show has a better storyline and better characters. I found the women in LJ a little too sappy and slightly weak considering their characters were supposed New York power-women, and overall felt a little disappointed. I love Candace Bushnell, and I read the book a while ago and anticipated what the LJ show would be like, but I don't think the casting did the script justice - I guess I just expected a little more strength and CM gives. I also read that LJ had far better ratings then CM which makes me a little sad, cause I really want to see CM around for a few seasons.
Rothane Rothane 9 years
Both shows are pathetic copies of Sex and the City. The women's friendships are not believable compared to the bonds of the original 4, the ones we'll get to see once again this May, thank god! In Lipstick Jungle, Brooke Shields plays a ditzy super-powered exec (how often do you see that in real life?) with an insecure husband -- that's a new take -- and the actress who plays Victory Ford is a major major annoyance. The only one with a modicum of appeal is Nico... whose husband is no longer interested in her. Why did she have to have a pathetic story too? As for the Cashmere women, frankly I found them more likeable and the scripting less annoying, but again, there are nothing compared to Charlotte, Miranda, Samantha and even Carrie, who was far from my favorite character on the show. Let's hope she's grown up a bit in The Movie. If you're going to imitate yourself, don't do it in duplicate, and please! do it better
fashionmac fashionmac 9 years is going to have the exact fashions from Lipstick Jungle starting tomorrow - hello, shoes! Some great stuff from the premiere episode. Not sure about the acting ... but the clothes are great!
sanD13 sanD13 9 years
I have watched Cashmere Mafia and it's pretty enjoyable. I think with this writer's strike going on, shows air pretty inconsistently so I guess I'll be able to watch both series.
lala788 lala788 9 years
I only seen Cashmere Mafia - i like it. i'll give Lipstick Jungle a chance , thanks to you Buzz!
Lisa-J Lisa-J 9 years
I love Cashmere Mafia! Lucy Liu is great and so far the show is lots of fun. I'll definitely watch Lipstick, but have to say I'm not as excited...Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.
ponyluv ponyluv 9 years
i think we may only think that CM is trying "too hard" cuz we've been seeing Patty's work, and we know her look now. when she first bursted onto the scene w/ SATC, it was new to us; it was fresh. she still does a good job, but we just know what to expect from her now. i give lucy liu credit for carrying off those looks. so far, i like CM. i'll see how i feel about LJ. i really don't care for brooke's face, and LJ doesn't seem to be as glamorous as CM. i'm looking forward to seeing lindsay price though. yay former 90210 star!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
mareepossa — do you/can you use Amazon Unbox? You can download it there now.
SweetGeorgia SweetGeorgia 9 years
cashmere looks a bit snarky and cliche but Lipstick seemd less so.
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
I love CM and look forward to Lipstick Jungle ... strong but vulnerable women are it!
mareepossa mareepossa 9 years
Where is everyone watching the first episode of Lipstick Jungle? Been searching everywhere!!! Help
cittypark cittypark 9 years
wow it's going to be a battle to the death with these 2 shows :p though i must say that i do feel a little bad for the both of them who have satc to live up to. still, i doubt either will be able to. so far, i've found cashmere mafia enjoyable, but only as eye candy. the acting and everything that follows is mediocre and unbelievable. i saw the commerical to lipstick and it seems more promising :] so hopefully i'll have a new fave show to watch :D
nicolevanmeter nicolevanmeter 9 years
I can't wait for Lipstick Jungle. I read the book and loved every minute of it! I have been watching Cashmere Mafia off and on I feel like it's an ok substitute until the real deal comes out. So hopefully I am not let down next week :)
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
Well, so far I've really enjoyed Cashmere Mafia.... and I tried watching the first episode of Lipstick Jungle.......... And I couldn't even finish it. I just did not get into it at all. I'll try watching it again when it airs, but I don't know if I'll enjoy it as much. The characters didn't really grab my attention.
-Maryan- -Maryan- 9 years
I like Lipstick Jungle...I haven't seen the other tv show
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
Stop trying to recreate SATC!!! It's not going well
rubiene rubiene 9 years
i think for some reason there is much comparison bet. lipstick and cashemre. well. cashmere is based or somewhat copied LIPSTICK JUNGLE book wrote by candace bushnel from SEX AND THE CITY (AUTHOR). Now. candace has more in-depth understanding of women relationship on business, relationship, family and affairs...and she is working very closely with LIPSTICK JUNGLE. in terms of fashion look LIPSTICK is more low key (and that will get more women watching) bec. the show is in tune with what some women really goes through in their lives. LIPSTICK JUNGLE is a sure thing not to be missed. actors are more real in portraying womens lives. they have more dimension. they are great actors... LIPSTICK JUNGLE is GREAT SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED. it's more realistic to relate to then the cashmere mafia women.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Oh, I hope "Cashmere Mafia" gets picked up for multiple seasons! I don't know if I'll watch "Lipstick Jungle" because it just doesn't look as appealing to me.
msgolitelee msgolitelee 9 years
I love CM....I am not a fan of Brooke Shields so it would be hard for me to care about anything that she is doing. And Kim what's her name is not very convincing as a fashion power diva. I just don't think LJ will be for me. I love Lucy Liu and I think an implausible as CM may be, who cares, you watch TV to escape, or atleast I do.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
I don't think I'm going to be into Listick Jungle, I hate Brooke Sheilds. And so far I think CM has been pretty good, but we'll see..
Lavinie Lavinie 9 years
i agree - i'm not that impressed with the costumes on CM as well... they look way over dramatic and they're trying to hard. In sex and the city -it never looked that way for me
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
I'm not that impressed with the costumes on that is definitely not a deciding factor in my wanting to watch it. I have never understood the absolute fanatic fascination with Sex and the City...these shows seem to have a little more substance instead of just sex sex sex...but nothing to get that excited over. I cannot place my finger on what is missing with these shows, maybe it's heart or relatability or realism or humor...I just don't know...but they're just not winning me over.
Ippink Ippink 9 years
like them both!! the characters are just so funny!! hope than the 2 have a lot of ratings!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Looking forward to watching Lipstick Jungle. I just haven't gotten into Cashmere Mafia at all, so I'm hoping that Lipstick Jungle is better.
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