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Peacock Applies More "Lipstick," Alphabet Chases "Women"

Looks like the fat lady hasn't quite sung yet for midseason drama Lipstick Jungle.

NBC has ordered six additional scripts for the struggling freshman drama, which launched to virtually no online buzz, despite a massive marketing and PR campaign behind the series and leads Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Lindsay Price.

Lipstick Jungle, based on Candace Bushnell's book, follows a troika of high-powered Manhattan execs who try to balance their professional and personal lives. (It should, of course, not be confused with ABC's Cashmere Mafia about FOUR high-powered Manhattan execs who also try to balance their professional and personal lives.)

If shot, the six scripts would boost the series' episodic count to thirteen, thus fulfilling its initial order on NBC. If the numbers rate, especially in the female demos, look for Lipstick Jungle to return next season.

In other female-driven drama news, ABC has hired Robert Nathan (Law & Order) as showrunner on struggling freshman drama Women's Murder Club. The hiring comes on the heels of the departure of executive producer/showrunners Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, as well as exec producer Scott Gemmill.

Nathan will oversee three additional episodes of Women's Murder Club this season. Production is expected to ramp up on the drama in the next few weeks and additional installments could air as early as April.

Just don't look for Nathan to make any improvements to the series. “There are no plans to revamp the series dramatically or shift the emphasis in any way,” said a 20th Century Fox TV spokesperson in a statement. “It remains a procedural focused on the four women leads who partner together to solve crimes.”

Darn.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: How I Met Your Mother/Welcome to the Captain (CBS); Deal or No Deal (NBC); Gossip Girl (CW); A Raisin in the Sun (ABC; 8-11 pm); Moment of Truth (FOX)

9 pm: Two and a Half Men/New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS); My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (NBC); Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (CW); Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX)

10 pm: CSI Miami (CBS); Medium (NBC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Gossip Girl.

It's another chance to catch up on the teen soap. On tonight's repeat episode ("Dare Devil"), Dan tries to impress Serena on their first official date, Jenny snags an invite to Blair's exclusive sleepover party but finds herself caught up in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare, and Lily turns to Rufus for help when Eric disappears from the treatment center.

8:30 pm: Welcome to the Captain.

It's not the best series out there, but there's something winsome about this low-key comedy. (And, hell, at least it's scripted.) On tonight's episode ("The Wrecking Crew"), Josh tries to get over Hope with some help from the guys, while a lonely Hope tries to make new friends.

9 pm: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

On tonight's installment ("The Demon Hand"), Sarah tries to track down a missing cyborg arm and breaks into Ellison's apartment and discovers a file on Dr. Silverman (guest star Bruce Davison), a psychiatrist who made her hospital stay unbearable, while Cameron tries to track down Dmitri through his sister.

9:30 pm: Old Christine.

On tonight's episode ("Traffic"), Christine promises to go to an important function with Mr. Harris but leaves him stranded when Ritchie's soccer game runs into overtime.

10 pm: No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel.

It's a brand new season of No Reservations on the Travel Channel; follow enfant terrible chef Anthony Bourdain as he travels the world in search of good food. In tonight's installment, Tony heads to Romania, where he helps his friend Zamir celebrate his 50th birthday and tracks down some stories about vampires and Communists.

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