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Boss says Brooke Shields' bubble drama may live on through partnership ala Friday Night Lights.
Lipstick Jungle's fashion-conscious Wendy Healy may have nothing in common with beer-swigging Tim Riggins of Friday Night Lights, but that may change pretty soon. One NBC executive is looking to keep Lipstick Jungle on the air in much the same way it held onto Friday Night Lights.
Fans of NBC's Sex and the City clone have been biting their manicured nails while the network decides the drama's fate. Is it dead? Is it coming back? Common sense says the show is done for good, but star Brooke Shields has been insistent to keep hope alive...and she may be right.
"Lipstick Jungle is so strong and has such a passionate base among a coveted demographic," Silverman said, according to Broadcasting & Cable. "That kind of show will have the same approach, and we've already begun that approach, as we've used with Friday Night Lights. We have some incredible channels in our portfolio and we have sister networks that love the show as well. We are analyzing what we need to do to keep that show on the air."
Wait, so this is all about money?
What Mr. Silverman is referring to is the unusual deal to share production costs of Friday Night Lights with a partner, in this case DirecTV, with the partner getting first run on a new season. The satellite operator has already burned through season three of the football drama, and NBC is now rebroadcasting the season.
But will anyone bite? Friday Night Lights' second episode on NBC fared much worse than its first, so if that trend continues it probably won't make sense to try the experiment out again.
It's looking like a long shot for Lipstick Jungle to return, but then again Friday Night Lights was a Hail Mary of epic proportions.