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NBC 2011 Fall TV Premiere: The Playboy Club

According to the recently released schedule for NBC’s Fall 2011 primetime lineup, The Playboy Club will be setting up shop on Monday nights next to The Sing Off. We have some details on the show, along with a couple of preview videos for you to check out.

Set in Chicago in the early ‘60’s, The Playboy Club is a drama series that follows the drama taking place inside the legendary Playboy Club. Between the '60's setting and the sex-appeal offered by gorgeous women dressed like bunnies (if bunnies were supposed to be sexy), I'm thinking this one stands a chance at some strong premiere ratings. Whether or not it lasts will depend on how much more the show offers aside from sex appeal and a glamorous setting. Below is NBC’s full synopsis for the series and further down are some video clips that’ll give you a glimpse of the costumes and some of the characters (all bunnied up).

From Academy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer, The Playboy Clubis a provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture.It’s the early ‘60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies -- and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers.Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, CSI: Miami) is one of the city’s top attorneys and the ultimate playboy, rubbing elbows with everyone in the city's power structure. With mysterious ties to the mob, Nick comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard, Zombieland), the stunning and innocent new bunny who accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti, Take the Lead), a bombshell and established star at the club who knows her days as a bunny are numbered and finds herself continually at odds with Billy (David Krumholtz, Numb3rs), the club's general manager.Adding to the charm of the Playboy club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum, American Virgin), the carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey, CSI: Miami), an overly protective bartender.Also starring are Naturi Naughton (Fame) and Leah Renee (True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet). In addition to Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster), the executive producers on The Playboy Club include Chad Hodge (Tru Calling), Francie Calfo (Scoundrels), Jason Burns (The House Bunny) and Dick Rosenzweig (Kendra). Hodge also wrote the pilot, which was directed by Alan Taylor (Mad Men, The Sopranos). The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television.

The Playboy Club will begin airing Mondays at 10/9c on NBC this Fall 2011.

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CLICK HERE to view NBC’s Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule.

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