Show: Cashmere Mafia (ABC)
Episode: “Pilot” – Series Premiere (Season 1)
Premiere Date: Sunday, January 6th, 2008
Rating: 1½ out of 4 Stars
Quick Synopsis: Four female big shots are best friends.
Long Synopsis: The introduction to the story of four women big shots that have been friends since business school. Sometimes, it seems that their friendship is the only thing that helps them deal with their hurried lives at home and at work.
Review: Cashmere Mafia is a female version of Big Shots, which debuted back in the fall, but with slightly more likeable characters. This might have done a bit better ratings wise than the aforementioned Big Shots in the post Grey’s Anatomy timeslot, given the female skewing demographic of the Grey’s fan base. They could of gone for a girl’s night with Ugly Betty leading off Thursday nights. Well, it probably couldn’t of done worse.
Cashmere Mafia stars Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal), Miranda Otto (The Starter Wife), Bonnie Somerville (Kitchen Confidential) and Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary) and is from Darren Star, the producer of Sex and the City. That last part is supposed to make it sound pretty good, except that Sex and the City was overrated. Granted, the TVaholic isn’t in either show’s core-demographic.
Liu plays a woman that is up for a promotion against her fiancé, but when she wins, she also loses. Otto plays a woman that puts up with her husband’s philandering, until it hits to close to home. Somerville is the serial single gal in the bunch that after her latest breakup starts to question her sexual preference. O’Connor plays a woman trying to balance her life with young children, her husband, his work and her work. They have all been best friends since business school and at the top of their game business wise, but not always in everything else. They lean on each other for support.
The premise sounds solid, but is squandered here. Many of the situations, like a guy proposing just before the pair gets put up for the same promotion and when she wins, just a few days later, he can’t deal, so he breaks off the engagement. Really, although you knew it was coming. And, do businessmen show up to meetings and treat any women they see like a secretary? Especially, when she is the decision maker on the other side of the table. Not that there aren’t still plenty of chauvinistic businessmen, or men in general these days, but would you show up to a big business meeting and not know whom you were meeting with?
Will probably watch again, when the show moves to its regular timeslot on Wednesday nights in the third hour of primetime. The TVaholic likes to give shows at least two shots before a final judgment is rendered. It will be up against CSI: NY on CBS and Law & Order on NBC. Maybe, it will do well as counter programming to the male and older skewing procedurals on the other two networks.
Overall, Cashmere Mafia is too predictable and the characters too whiny to be really likeable. It’s hard to find anybody worth rooting for. If you want to watch people living it up, in all sorts of excess, but with characters you can root for, stick to ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money.
How about you, what did you think of ABC’s new series, Cashmere Mafia?