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The weaker sex

Lipstick Jungle (Thursday, 9 p.m., NBC) comes on like another Cashmere Mafia: a celebration of New York City businesswomen as tough and independent as their male counterparts. Wendy (Brooke Shields) runs a movie studio, Nico (Kim Raver) edits a hot magazine and Victory (Lindsay Price) is a famous fashion designer. The three are longtime friends, and they trade tips on conquering the world. They're also staunch feminists who don't let men get away with sexist comments. "When a woman expresses her concern that an important business matter be dealt with correctly, she's not throwing a fit," Nico sternly tells a male colleague. "She's just doing her job." >More
 The soul of a heel

In Eli Stone (Thursday, 9 p.m., ABC), the title character (Jonny Lee Miller) is a lawyer at a top San Francisco firm that specializes in screwing the little guy. His heartless ambition has brought him wealth, status and the perfect(ly awful) fiancée. Then a funny thing happens. Eli begins hearing music that no one else hears: George Michael singing "You gotta have faith." He tries to ignore it, but he can't ignore a vision of Michael singing the song in his living room. Meanwhile, a downtrodden woman he's screwing over on behalf of a big corporate client begs him to change sides and represent her. Assuming that his visions signal the need to change his evil ways, Eli accepts. >More
 The love connection

Masterpiece Theatre's complete Jane Austen cycle scores again with a charming adaptation of Mansfield Park (Sunday, 8 p.m., WHA). >More
 The fab four

I gagged over ABC's Big Shots, a male-bonding drama about four competitive business types. But I adore ABC's Cashmere Mafia (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), a female-bonding drama about four competitive business types. >More
 Heavy metal

For my New Year's resolution in '07, I vowed to trash every adaptation from one medium to another. I gave thumbs down to TV series turned into movies and movies turned into TV series. But that can't be my New Year's resolution for '08, because Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Sunday, 7 p.m., Fox) rocks! >More
 Body blows

Carson Kressley is on a mission to make women feel better about their bodies. In How to Look Good Naked (Friday, 8 p.m., Lifetime), the funny one from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy gives himself five days to turn a specimen from self-loathing to self-loving. >More
 Home for the holiday

As much as I'd like to go out on New Year's Eve, I feel obligated to stay home watching TV as a service to you, the reader. (I also have nothing better to do.) Luckily, the night is filled with wonders, offering something for everyone. Well, everything except human companionship. >More
 Elf everlasting

Elf (Saturday, 7 p.m., CBS) has been popping up on TV every Christmas. Does the movie deserve classic status, up there with Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life? It certainly takes a Capra-style approach, with a holy innocent from the sticks (à la Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) humanizing a jaded city. >More
 Queens of spleen

I love beauty pageants for taking themselves so seriously. The straighter they play it, the more unintentionally funny they are. With a name like Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CW), I was afraid that this mother-daughter reality series would wink at pageant camp. But folks, I'm thrilled to report that both the CW and the contestants are completely committed to hair helmets, tears, plastered-on smiles, earnest Q&A's and gender politics out of the 1950s. Let the derisive laughter begin. >More
 Holiday spirits

You can immediately tell that Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC) is a meaningful movie. For starters, the title name-checks not one, but two very important people. During the opening credits, a piano tinkles in a minor key, and a violin saws with mournful regret. I settled in to be deeply moved. >More
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