Cashmere Mafia

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Cashmere Mafia
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Kevin Wade
Starring Lucy Liu
Frances O'Connor
Miranda Otto
Bonnie Somerville
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin Wade
Gail Katz
Darren Star
Michael Pressman
Jeff Rake
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Darren Star Productions
Gail Katz Productions
ABC Studios
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television (USA)
Sony Pictures Television (non-USA)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) – February 20, 2008 (2008-02-20)

Cashmere Mafia is an American television comedy-drama which ran on ABC from January 6, 2008 to February 20, 2008. The series was created by Kevin Wade, who also served as executive producer alongside Darren Star, Gail Katz, Jeff Rake and Michael Pressman, with Susie Fitzgerald co-executive producing. Peyton Reed directed the pilot.[1]

ABC decided not to renew the series for a second season.[2] Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Cashmere Mafia on DVD.[3]

Details[edit]

Cashmere Mafia follows the lives of four ambitious women, longtime best friends since their days at business school, as they try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives by creating their own "boys' club" (The Cashmere Mafia) to protect one another and discuss their personal ups and downs as they try to have it all in New York City.

Cast[edit]

Principal characters[edit]

  • Lucy Liu: Mia Mason — Publisher at Barnstead Media Group
  • Frances O'Connor: Zoe Burden — Former Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Gorham Sutter
  • Miranda Otto: Juliet Draper — COO of Stanton Hall Hotels and Resorts
  • Bonnie Somerville: Caitlin Dowd — Senior V.P. for Marketing at Lily Parrish Cosmetics
  • Peter Hermann: Davis Draper — Manager of a hedge fund, ex-husband of Juliet
  • Julian Ovenden: Eric Burden — Architect, husband of Zoe

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original airdate Code
1 "Pilot" January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) 101
Meet the members of the Cashmere Mafia: Mia, Juliet, Caitlin, and Zoe. Friends since business school, these four successful career women live and work in Manhattan where they try to juggle their work life with rocky marriages, family crises, rival colleagues, and everything in between. Mia accepts Jack's marriage proposal, but soon finds herself in competition with him for a promotion. Juliet, a stone-faced, redhead goddess, learns that her husband, Davis, is cheating on her with former school friend Cilla Grey. Later, at a dinner to honor her business, Juliet vows revenge by plotting to be unfaithful too. Zoe tries to juggle her home life involving her loyal architect husband Eric, and their two young kids, and faces off against a brash new nanny whom they hire. Caitlin questions her sexuality when she finds herself attracted to another woman; an ad agency rep named Alicia, who makes a move on her and Caitlin responds positively to it.
2 "Conference Call" January 9, 2008 (2008-01-09) 102
Caitlin has her make-up crew transform Juliet from a redhead ice queen to seductress for a hot date with a man from her past, named Bobby Walsh, just to make Davis jealous. No sooner is Mia appointed publisher of Barnstead Media Group than she is ordered by her mean superior, Clive, to fire her nebbishy mentor, Grant Normandy. Meanwhile, a battle of wills ensues between a sexy stay-at-home supermom and working mom Zoe, who discovers that her rival has propositioned Eric with a no-strings-attached work offer that he might find hard to refuse. Caitlin surprises her friends by telling them that Alicia is her newest love interest, and she and Alicia go on their first date to a local nightclub. Couples counseling for Juliet and Davis takes a turn for the worse, and Juliet decides to make some changes herself.
3 "Dangerous Liaisons" January 16, 2008 (2008-01-16) 103
Juliet struggles with her feelings about Davis as she contemplates a down-and-dirty tryst with her former boyfriend Bobby Walsh. Meanwhile, Mia butts heads with Todd, the new male editor she hired to re-launch "Modern Man" magazine. Zoe is caught in the middle of a messy office affair between Clayton, a fellow managing director who is married, and Katherine, her young research analyst. A nervous Caitlin must deal with being outed as a lesbian by a gossip blog run by Cilla Grey, and begins to avoid Alicia.
4 "The Deciders" January 23, 2008 (2008-01-23) 104
Caitlin and Alicia attend a lesbian bridal shower, where an overwhelmed Caitlin finds she still can be attracted to an incredibly hot guy. Mia's parents fix her up on a blind date with an Asian neurosurgeon who, to Mia's surprise, doesn't call her afterwards. Upon discovering that her ex-fiance, Jack—who has recently hooked up with an attractive news anchor—will be at a group brunch hosted by a mutual friend, Mia decides to bring the good doctor, Jason Chung, with her to make Jack jealous. Meanwhile, Zoe is called on to save Clayton and Katherine during a meeting with an important client, after they conspired to keep her out of the meeting. Juliet struggles to trust her husband, Davis, after catching him in a questionable meeting with his former mistress, Cilla Gray.
5 "Stay With Me" February 6, 2008 (2008-02-06) 105
Zoe and Eric struggle to find time to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, as Zoe meets up with a ruggedly handsome colleague in Southampton on business, as Eric tries to find the time to head out there. Back in Manhattan, Juliet and Davis, whose marriage is already under fire, discover a provocative photo of Emily on the Internet, and learn just how much emotionally troubled their teen daughter is. Meanwhile, Alicia drops a bomb on Caitlin that she's pregnant, which may change their relationship, which leads Caitlin to run into the arms of her new male friend Sam. Under mounting pressure at work, Mia is anxious about a new relationship with Jason Chung, even as Eric and Zoe's sexy new manny, Adam, becomes a tempting distraction to her.
6 "Yours, Mine and Hers" February 13, 2008 (2008-02-13) 106
Mia and Caitlin search Jack's apartment for a revealing sex tape Mia made with him, even as the ex-couple continue to fight their feelings for one another. Just as Caitlin warms up to the idea of being a mother, Olivia, Alicia's ex-partner, stings her by telling her there is no room for another "mother" or a bad role model like Caitlin in the baby's life. Meanwhile, Zoe battles to land a new billionaire client, but her unappreciated efforts force her to make a life-changing decision and quit her job. The nasty divorce battle for property ownership heats up between Juliet and Davis with both of them resorting to low and underhanded means to emotionally destroy one another.
7 "Dog Eat Dog" February 20, 2008 (2008-02-20) 107
A charming multi-billionaire pursues Juliet, both personally and professionally, in an attempt to take over her company. Caitlin's job is on the line as her boss, cosmetic's titan Lily Parrish, puts mounting pressure on her to produce a big publicity splash during Fashion Week. Elsewhere, Mia falls for a stray dog, but is unable to pass the ownership test for pet adoption. Mia also begins to doubt where she stands with her romance with Jason. Meanwhile, the newly unemployed, stay-at-home mom Zoe struggles to be the perfect mother, much as she once aspired to be the perfect executive in a take-charge manner.

Production and airing[edit]

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Darren Star Productions and Gail Katz Productions, the series was officially greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007.[5] The series was initially scheduled to air as a mid-season replacement,[6] with plans for a debut on November 27, 2007 on ABC as an off-season replacement for the Dancing with the Stars results show.[7] However, due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only 7 of the 13 episodes ordered were produced. ABC also delayed the premiere of the series due to future concerns about programming and promotions. Cashmere Mafia had a special preview on Sunday, January 6, 2008 and then moved to its regular time slot on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central following Supernanny as a mid-season replacement for Dirty Sexy Money.[8] It competed indirectly with NBC's Lipstick Jungle, created by Star's former creative partner from Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell.

It has also been purchased by Polsat in Poland, NTV7 in Malaysia, MediaCorp TV Channel 5 in Singapore, RTÉ Two in Ireland, RTL 5 in the Netherlands, on KanaalTwee in Belgium, Nova TV in Croatia, TVI in Portugal, TV2 in New Zealand, Nine Network in Australia, E! in Canada, Nelonen in Finland, on AXN in India, on RTV Pink in Serbia, TV3 in Denmark, on Multivisión in Cuba, on Téva and M6 in France, on Domashniy in Russia and also in Italy by Mediaset.[9][10][11]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

# Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
Rank
(week)
1 "Pilot" 7.1 12 3.8/9 10.72 2 8 20
2 "Conference Call" 4.3 7 2.3/6 6.16 3 8 54
3 "Dangerous Liaisons" 3.8 6 2.2/6 5.39 3 8 56
4 "The Deciders" 3.8 6 2.0/5 5.58 3 9 N/A
5 "Stay With Me" 3.7 6 2.0/5 5.09 3 11 64
6 "Yours, Mine and Hers" 3.9 6 2.0/5 5.25 3 9 64
7 "Dog Eat Dog" 3.5 6 1.6/4 4.77 3 12 67

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cashmere Mafia at The Futon Critic
  2. ^ "Cashmere Mafia" and "Miss Guided": ABC Cancels Two More, TV Series Finale, May 12, 2008
  3. ^ Announcement for Cashmere Mafia: The Complete Series, TVShowsonDVD.com, July 4, 2008
  4. ^ Warn, Sarah (2007-06-14). "Lourdes Benedicto to Play Lesbian Love Interest on ABC's "Cashmere Mafia"". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (2007-05-11). "ABC ADDS 10 NEWCOMERS, RENEWS 'NOTES,' 'ROAD'". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  6. ^ "ABC UNVEILS 2007-08 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE.". The Futon Critic. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  7. ^ From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (July 25, 2007)
  8. ^ ABC UNVEILS MIDSEASON PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
  9. ^ "New US shows set to hit Aussie TVs". Australian Associated Press. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2007-06-11. [dead link]
  10. ^ Bawden, Jim (2007-06-06). "TV lineup launch disrupted". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  11. ^ http://www.domashniy.ru/series/cashemere_mafia

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