NBC's "Lipstick Jungle" to Replace "ER"
Following last week's announcement that a new 'celebrity' cycle of Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" would replace the popular NBC comedy "The Office" come January 3, the network has now said that midseason drama "Lipstick Jungle" from "Sex and the City" author Candice Bushnell and starring Brooke Shields, will replace "ER" effective February 7.
ER which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. will run out of fresh episodes written prior to the strike by the end of January at which time it will be taken off the schedule to make way for the, as NBC exec Ben Silverman puts it, provocative new series.
The new dramedy is based on Bushnell's bestselling novel of the same title and it stars Shields ("Suddenly Susan"), Kim Raver ("24") and Lindsay Price ("Beverly Hills, 90210") as three high-powered friends living in New York City.
NBC has yet to announce what they will air on Thursdays at 8, but many believe the Peacock will stick with repeats of its popular comedies "My Name is Earl" and "The Office."
Even if the strike is resolved before Christmas, it may take a few weeks before production continues on shows that had been forced to shut down, so even if NBC does go back to its regulra Thursday night schedule, chances are this will be NBC's Thursday night line-up in the early weeks of 2008:
8:00 pm Comedy Reruns
9:00 pm Celebrity Apprentice
10:00 pm Lipstick Jungle