Many comments about the new ABC television show Cashmere Mafia, starring Lucy Liu, have included references to another popular television series starring four driven women who meet up regularly to discuss their lives, careers, and men. People are saying that Cashmere Mafia is simply a carbon copy of Sex and the City. After all, both shows are from the same producer. Here are a few facts about the television show to support this conclusion.
Characters Have Matching Hair
The character Miranda from Sex and the City (played by Cynthia Nixon) has one notable trait: bright red hair. It is part of what distinguished her from the other characters and made her unique.
She parallels the newcomer, Miranda Otto (who coincidentally has the same name as the character Miranda from Sex and the City), who plays Juliet Draper on Cashmere Mafia. The character Juliet has striking red hair that sets her apart from the rest of the cast. Is this a coincidence?
In fact, all of the characters in Cashmere Mafia have similar or parallel hair colors and style. Lucy Liu’s character Mia Mason has jet black hair, just like Charlotte (Kristin Davis) from Sex and the City. Caitlin Dowd, who plays Bonnie Somerville on Cashmere has blonde locks like Samantha Jones from Sex and the City (Kim Cattrall). Zoe Burden, played by Frances O’Connor is the only character without a “hair color parallel” in Sex and the City, but at times wears a similar style to Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie: curly, messy, hair falling around the shoulders.
These similarities may seem minor, but producers know that viewers are very visual. Something as basic as the characters’ hair can have a significant effect on the success of the show.
They All Live and Work in Manhattan
The characters from Sex and the City were attractive to audiences due to their coveted position as successful Manhattanites. There is nothing like the excitement and high powered energy of New York City. It is no surprise that the producers of Cashmere Mafia decided it was best to set this new television show not in Boston, not Chicago, not Philadelphia, but in the great city of New York.
They Meet Regularly for Lunch in Manhattan
In Sex and the City, the majority of dialogue between characters occurred around a table at their favorite Manhattan restaurant. Some of the most plot driven conversations happened here, such as Charlotte’s jealousy regarding Miranda’s unplanned pregnancy being revealed, the breaking news about Carrie’s book being published, and just about all of Samantha’s sexual escapades.
In the very first episode of Cashmere Mafia, I nearly rolled my eyes when I saw Mia (Lucy Liu) call up all “the girls” for lunch. It was trite, but possibly necessary for this type of show. They all sat around a table, at lunch, at their favorite Manhattan restaurant, talking about the newest item on the block: Mia’s engagement.
Some may say that duplicating television shows is cheap and an insult to artistic integrity, while others will say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix.” I say, I hope the writers and producers of this show get more creative in future episodes.