The Playboy Club on NBC

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  1. Can't wait for this show!! I remember a movie about the playboy club in the 80' It Premieres September 19th at 10pm on NBC.

    The Series is set in 1963 around the Playboy club and its bunnies (waitresses). The first club was in Chicago, IL

    NBC is gettin alot of flack already calling it pornography. NBC in Utah will not carry the show.
  2. Well damn I hope I get it then - we have DirecTV but our news on NBC is based out of Salt Lake. I remember the movie as well - Kirstie Alley played a famous writer but I can't remember who the writer was.
  3. ^Gloria Steinem.

    In fact, she's encouraging people to boycott the show.

    (Reuters) - Veteran women's rights campaigner Gloria Steinem said on Friday she hoped TV viewers would boycott "The Playboy Club", calling the 1960s nightclubs tacky and far from the glamorous places depicted in the show.

    "Clearly 'The Playboy Club' is not going to be accurate. It was the tackiest place on earth. It was not glamorous at all," Steinem told Reuters in an interview.

    Steinem, one of America's leading crusaders for women's rights for 40 years, went undercover to work as a Bunny at the New York City Playboy Club in 1963 and wrote a ground-breaking expose about the onerous conditions for women who worked there.

    "When I was working there and writing the expose, one of the things they had to change because of my expose was that they required all the Bunnies, who were just waitresses, to have an internal exam and a test for venereal disease," she said.

    Steinem said she regards the Emmy Award-winning drama "Mad Men", which is also set in the 1960s as "a net plus, because it shows the world of the early 1960s with some realism."

    But she added; "I expect that 'The Playboy Club' will be a net minus and I hope people boycott it. It's just not telling the truth about the era."

    "The Playboy Club", set in the first Playboy Club in Chicago, debuts in September as one of the centerpieces of NBC's new fall television season.

    Speaking to TV reporters last week in Los Angeles, network executives, producers and the show's cast all rejected opinions by critics who feel the series will glamorize the porn industry and is demeaning to modern women.

    NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt called the show a "really fun soap opera", while executive producer Chad Hodge told TV reporters that the program was "all about empowering these women to be whatever they want to be."

    One NBC affiliate, in Salt Lake City, has already said it will not broadcast the show but NBC says it does not expect others to follow.

    Steinem, 77, said on Friday that it was important to reject the TV series, despite the fact that it is set 40 years ago.

    "It normalizes a passive dominant idea of gender. So it normalizes prostitution and male dominance...I just know that over the years, women have called me and told me horror stories of what they experienced at the Playboy Club and at the Playboy Mansion," she said.

    Steinem was speaking ahead of the premiere of an HBO documentary about her life, "Gloria: In her Own Words", on Aug 15.

    (Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
  4. Can't wait for this show, i already have it tracked on my Sidereel :biggrin:
  5. Gloria Steinem is still cackling on and on.. I see. LOL

    Of course we know it demoralizes woman.. in some way or form... But its suppose to be a fun show!

    I always loved the costumes.. and i look forward to seeing how the portray the clubs, its patrons and the employees.
  6. I'm looking forward to this show! Looks really good.
  7. I used to love Eddie Cibrian but not at all now. Can't stand his current wife either. Won't be watching.
  8. i am with gloria and will be boycotting this ............crap.
  9. Liking this so far. It feels SO good not watching reality tv!!!!
  10. I'm liking it so far, but I want to see what the second episode is like.
  11. I really liked the first episode - I am looking forward to the next ep!
  12. Blah...didn't even keep me interested past 10:20pm....actually made me turn off the TV and head to purse forum! LOL.
  13. I got about halfway through...colossally no retro vibe from it at all...and what distracted me most was Eddie Cibrian trying to act like Don Draper...did anyone else think that...the Don Draper thing? Pan Am got better reviews....we'll have to wait and see
  14. Gloria Steinem does not "cackle". That remark is as offensive as the premise and apparently the quality of this show.
  15. Critics (a male at that) canned this show. He said it's so horribly bad and is not going to last.

    He did have some hope for Pan Am though.