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The Playboy Club is a television show based on the early years of Hugh Hefner's famous Chicago gentleman's club. Created by Chad Hodge, the show has a number of plots and sub plots surrounding the personal lives of the bunnies and the lonely and sometimes dangerous men who patronize the club. The Playboy Club tackles many issues that were still taboo during the early 1960s including sexual liberation, homosexuality, and integration.
Main cast members include Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian), a young, up and coming attorney who frequents the club. His political aspirations could be thwarted by his connections to organized crime. Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti) is the Bunny housemother, who also has romantic ties to Nick. Bunny Maureen (Laura Heard) is a young, recently hired bunny who is running away from a past life. Bunny Alice (Leslie Renee) is secretly a lesbian. Billy Rosen (David Krumholz) is the Playboy Club's manager and nemesis of Carol-Lynne. Bunny Brenda (Naturi Naughton) is the Playboy Club's only African-American bunny. Her character is based on real life bunny, Jennifer Jackson, who was also Playboy's first African-American Playmate of the Month. Pearl (Jenifer Lewis) is the Playboy Club's seamstress and bunny confidant. Sean Beasley (Sean Maher) is Bunny Alice's husband. They are both secretly gay, and in a marriage of convenience to hide their sexuality.
The Playboy Club is shot in different locations in the greater Chicago area. Isis Musseden designed the costumes from designs based on photos and consultations with Playboy associates. Voice over narration was provided by Hugh Hefner in the first episode. The music soundtrack on the Playboy Club is an eclectic mix of popular 1960s artists. There were a number of actor portrayals of popular artists including pop artist Coby Calliat (Leslie Gore), singing the hit "It's My Party," Raphael Sadiq (Sam Cooke), former member of the R&B group Tony Tone Toni. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, featuring Tina (Karen LeBlanc) singing "Shake a Tail Feather" and "Make Me Over."
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Carol-Lynne and Billy hire Doris, a new bunny at the club, just to learn she has her own agenda. Tension grows as Nick gets into the political race and his potential campaign manager Sean sets him up with Frances Dunhill, a wealthy socialite to further his cause.
A contest for the Playboy magazine covergirl excites the bunnies but also means potentially exposing some of the girls' pasts. As new Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne begins training the women, especially new Bunny Maureen to be the perfect bunny, she discovers a dark secret Maureen has been hiding.
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The fall TV season has claimed it's first victim. All those who had "The Playboy Club" as casualty zero in their cancellation pool did well today. For those few fans of the NBC "Mad Men" rip-off, this is a sad day. After lower-than-expected ratings, the network has pulled the plug on the show.
Not a bad year for Javier Colon. The winner of the inaugural season of "The Voice" is slated to appear as legendary soul singer Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of the new NBC series "The Playboy Club." Set in early-60's Chicago, the show will have regular rotating musical guests. 259964
While it's hot as Hades in many parts of the country, the Fall television season is just around the corner, promising cooler shows to go with the cooler weather. The networks have begun to finalize their schedules, and have been rolling out promotions for their fall lineups. See the entire list of upcoming fall shows here.
If there's one thing NBC has that the other networks don't have, it's consistent quality, especially in the realm of comedy. Returning favorites like "Parks & Recreation," "30 Rock" and "Community" might not have tons of viewers, but the laughs they provide make for a loyal fan base. Add to that some promising new dramas (not to mention "The Voice") and NBC just might have what it takes to climb back on top of the network television dogpile.
The fall TV season is coming up (yay!) and NBC has some ground to make up on the likes of Fox and ABC. So what better way to hype TV shows than with a TV show? NBC has released a 25-minute-long Fall Preview episode, hosted by Whitney Cummings of the new NBC series "Whitney." Though the hosting is a bit cringe-worthy at times, the trade-off is some seriously in-depth looks at both new and returning shows to the Peacock this fall.
If you live in Salt Lake City and you were hoping to watch "The Playboy Club" on your local NBC station, you're out of luck. KSL-TV, an NBC affiliate station in Salt Lake City, Utah, is refusing to air the upcoming fall show "The Playboy Club" due to the fact that...well, it's about Playboy. The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for," said KSL President Mark Willes.