Is It Possible To Make A Show Worse Than Sex & The City?

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Cashmere Mafia is a new TV show premiering next Monday. It's supposed to taste like Sex & The City because it's made by Sex & The City, or at least one of its makers, Darren Star. (The other maker of SATC, Candace Bushnell, is also making a next-new Sex & The City, which is why Candace and Darren are no longer speaking, but that's another story.) Anyway, the official New York intelligentsia verdict from New York Magazine fashion reporter Amy Larocca is in, and it is OMG BAD. Most of the characters are so unsympathetic!! They lie and they cheat and they "suggest that a balanced, reasoned existence is something thoroughly impossible to attain" — how not like New York at all!!

Sex and the City felt like New York. Its characters were ironic, self-deprecating, and funny... Watching it made me think about an early Sex and the City episode in which Miranda realizes that she's a smart-lady beard for a serial modelizer, trotted out to assure his friends he's not shallow. She's invited to dinner parties and ditched the second Lotus opens. It was about the push and pull between beauty and brains, and a city that values both but sometimes gets confused.


See, I would interpret that situation to not really be about "push and pull" or any sort of "conflict" in values whatsoever, because there's sort of a common theme running through: "appearances", specifically how "they're all that matters in this town." And yeah, that's not totally true, because money also matters, as evidenced from the aforementioned Darren Star-Candace Bushnell feud (and also: Candace Bushnell's entire body of work) but if you think brains really have a place here, Amy, ummmmm, why do you and Robin Givhan consistently seem to be lone two ladies in town capable of intelligently writing about the fashion industry?

Sex & the City Creator Darren Star Returns With Cashmere Mafia [New York]



@mulva: Straight guy, here and a big Golden Girls fan...

And, since I'm commenting to verify my existence, I thought I'd toss out a couple GG-related links. I've been working my way though the "Archive of American Television" oral histories (full list). The very first one that I watched all the way through was Betty White's. I'm pretty sure that it's not until part four until she gets to GG and I'm equally certain that the same is true for Bea Arthur's interview. (Betty White speaks considerably less about GG than Bea Arthur, but Miss White has had a terrific career and if you have the time (2.5 hours), I highly recommend starting her from the beginning)