Continuing the trend of what’s old is new again, The Playboy Club travels back in time to the early 1960s to visit the legendary club and its beautiful bunnies. The Playboy Club is set for a September 19, 2011 premiere on ABC and stars Amber Heard, Eddie Cibrian, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Laura Benanti, and Naturi Naughton. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are executive producers.
In this behind the scenes video, Playboy creator Hugh Hefner discusses the series, the characters, the setting, and Bunnies.
The Plot: From Academy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer, The Playboy Club is a provocative NBC drama about a time and place that challenged the existing social mores and transformed American culture forever. It’s the early 1960s, and at the center of Chicago lies the legendary and seductive Playboy Club, a living, breathing fantasy world filled with $1.50 cocktails, music, glitter and of course, beautiful Bunnies. The key to the club, which offers the ultimate in beauty, is the most sought-after status symbol of its time. But all that glitters isn’t gold, and in the back rooms and alleys behind the club, life happens – both good and bad.
Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) is the ultimate playboy and one of the city’s top attorneys, rubbing elbows with everyone in the Windy City’s power structure. With mysterious and complicated ties to the mob, he comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard), the stunning and innocent new Bunny at the club, who accidentally kills the patriarch of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti), a bombshell of a beauty and an established star at the Playboy Club who’s ready to be more than a Bunny. As she seeks an opportunity to elevate her stature even higher at the club, she can’t help but notice that something is developing between Nick and Maureen. Adding to the charm of the club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum), the foxy and carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey), a sweet and romantic bartender. Brenda (Naturi Naughton), a stunning beauty with a dry wit, has big aspirations. Bunny Alice (Leah Renee) manages to take care of everyone but herself, and while married, is hiding a huge secret from everyone. Pearl (Jenifer Lewis) is the club’s seamstress who’s been there since day one and knows more about what it takes to survive than anyone. Running the club and answering only to the top is general manager Billy Morton (David Krumholtz), who also shares a close friendship with Nick. With all of these larger-than-life ambitions, there are even greater secrets. It’s a good thing Hef’s Playboy Mansion is open after hours for a little R&R – and burying your past.