The Playboy Club premiered on NBC (channel 12 in Phoenix) Monday night. At first glance this drama looked uninteresting, who wants to watch a bunch of 1960’s playboy girls run around a club dressed in bunny suits anyways? According to reports the show only pulled in about 5 million viewers from the premiere night. This is disappointing because, despite what the show looks like on the surface, it is a fairly decent new drama that has interesting promise.
The drama offers a look at life in the 1960s, only the focus is on the popular ‘Playboy Club’ in Chicago and the high class (or big dollar) clients the club’s appeal pulls in. Not only did the show touch on a love triangle gone bad, but also corrupt politicians, dangerous and fatally horny mob bosses, racism, and homosexuality. All these dangerous topics are surrounding a group of young, interesting female characters that have been created to draw in veiwers interest. The show isn’t just about bunny ears and fluffy tails, but the girls do find time to have fun at the playboy mansion too.
Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) is in a semi commited relationship with Bunny Mother Carol (Laura Benanti). But his interest is perked by a pretty little cigarette bunny Maureen (Amber Heard) and when he comes to her rescue from being raped by mob boss Bruno his life gets turned upside down. Maureen, in self defense kicked Bruno in the throat with her stiletto heel and nicked his main artery. He bled out in seconds. Dalton recognized him (because he has some tie to the family) and decided to help the bunny hide him. They dump Bruno’s body down by the peir and he rushes her to his house to clean her bloody bunny suit.
Carol arrives at Dalton’s apartment and sees bunny Maureen’s uniform on the counter. He tries to explain but she wouldn’t listen. She grabs her clothes (and finds Maureen hiding in the closet in Dalton’s shirt) and stops Maureen from trying to explain and rushes out the door. Dalton tries to convince Maureen to leave town but she refuses, rushes back to the playboy mansion, and goes back to work the very next day.
The club manager catches Carol in his office stealing files on Maureen and he fires her. But never underestimate a woman’s feminine wiles, she rushes to Hugh Hefner and gets him to rehire her and make her the mother bunny (which doesn’t make things easy on Maureen). The first rule she makes is bunnies cannot date key holders (which means Maureen and Dalton will have to cool the budding relationship for the moment).
The mob starts looking into Bruno’s disappearance and Dalton and Maureen have to convince them they hooked up which makes things difficult since the new rule imposed by mother bunny Carol.
While all this is happening we start to see the difficulty optimistic Brenda (Naturi Naughton) deals with as she aspires to be the first ‘chocolate’ African American bunny. Her optimism is something most people should strive for as she pushes through the 60 racism issues. Another subplot we are sure to see more about in the coming weeks is the sham marriage between bunny Alice (Leah Renee) who is a lesbian and her ‘beard husband’ Sean (Sean Maher) who is also gay. They are using the money she earns at the club to help fund an underground gay/lesbian secret society club of their own.
Some cast members have nudity clauses in their contracts, but it is likely these scenes will be on DVD copies or international episodes (wikipedia)
Check out the video to the left to hear Hugh Hefner’s interview recalling the inital days of the Playboy club intermingled with clips from the premiere. Did you enjoy the premiere? Will this be one of your must watch shows this season? Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts.
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