Porn sells, but on national television? NBC took a page out of “Mad Men,” with the launch of a stylized ’60s show about a Playboy Club. And, the network has already hit No. 1 — in the grief ratings — without airing a show.
Saucy stuff for network television — too saucy, according to a slew of religious and anti-porn groups. They have petition drives underway and are threatening to boycott advertisers.
“The Playboy Club,” stars Amber Heard as newbie Bunny Maureen; Eddie Cibrian as Nick Dalton, a shady lawyer and Playboy Club member and Naturi Naughton as Bunny Brenda, who wants to be the first African American Playboy Playmate.
There’s also Laura Benanti as Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne, but it looks like Leah Renee has the most interesting part. She plays Bunny Alice, who is secretly a lesbian living in a sham marriage with a gay man.
Whether and for how long the NBC have the constitution to air the show under such fire remains to be seen.
Oh… did we mention a possible complaint being filed with the Federal Communications Commission?
The show could be the first major test for the Obama Administration FCC on its tolerance for risque prime-time programming.
The irony is, the show hasn’t even aired yet.
All NBC has done is release several promos for the show.
So is this much ado about nothing?
For the moment it is, until the show airs and the network shows its cards on just how far it’s going to go to realistically portray Playboy club hedonism from the swinging ’60s.
One show reportedly shows a three-way in the club’s bathroom, according to protesters.
“What’s shown in ‘The Playboy Club’ is not real—Playboy definitely damages people. It’s pornography, it’s sex trafficking and it exploits women,” Shelley Lubben told Fox News.
Lubben should know. She’s a former porn star.
She’s since founded an organization, “Pink Cross,” to protest porn in all its many and varied forms, including providing support so porn stars can quit the business.
“The series looks like it’s all cute, taking place back in the old days — it seems harmless, but then they show a quick clip of three people going at it in the bathroom. NBC is breaking the law with this show — they’re not meeting FCC standards.”
Oddly, Playboy clubs were a fad. The first opened in 1960, but only 21 percent of all key holders ever went to a club.
The were regularly lampooned in the early days of “Saturday Night Live.”
Most were out of business by the 1990s, but recently several have reopened.