Picks and Pans Review: Cashmere Mafia

updated 01/14/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/14/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC, Jan. 6, 10:01 p.m. ET |

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Sex and the City creator Darren Star is executive producer of this women's ensemble drama, a fantasy of high-powered Manhattan life that substitutes Sex's scrappy romanticism with something more plushly high-end. The four friends this time are Mia Mason (Lucy Liu), a publisher whose position gets in the way of relationships; Zoe Burden (Frances O'Connor), an investment banker and devoted mother; Juliet Draper (Miranda Otto), a hotelier with a cheating husband; and Caitlin Dowd (Bonnie Somerville), a marketing executive with no commitments ... yet. It's a great-looking cast—Liu is especially sexy in her crisp, shiny clothes. The most striking, if strangest, performance is Otto's: She plays Juliet with a glamorous hauteur that's jarringly non-contemporary. I'm surprised she doesn't come with a vicious little acolyte named Eve. The show is swank nonsense—not a problem!—but a bit slow. It'll be fun to compare it next month to NBC's rival Brooke Shields vehicle, Lipstick Jungle, based on the book by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell. Get ready to rumble, perhaps at Barneys.

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