When this project was first announced, I did a lot of griping. It's not that a show revolving around the infamous Playboy Club in the 1960s is a bad idea for a series, it's just a bad idea for a network television series. Oh, and it doesn't help its cause that it's one of about five new shows copying the Mad Men period drama mold. Oh well, we're getting the show so I might as well enjoy the bunnies, uh, the view.

Before getting to the brand new banner for the upcoming NBC hour long drama, let's take a second to highlight the most recent addition to The Playboy Club. No, unfortunately it's not another attractive bunny (but with Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton and a whole slew of young, beautiful women I guess we'll get by) but instead another mobster.

TVLine announced that Golden Globe nominated Troy Garity (best known as the sole white barber in Barbershop), "has landed the recurring role of John Bianchi, the 'connected' son of Bruno Bianchi, a Chicago crime kingpin who meets an unexpected and grisly fate in the series premiere." Garity's character won't appear until the second episode and he's kind of like a surrogate brother to lead Eddie Cibrian's Nick Dalton... only there's trouble brewing in this family as Dalton might know a little more about 'their' missing father then he's leading on. Cue the drama. And the bunnies.

Speaking of bunnies, here's a look at the first promotional banner for the upcoming show. Some beautiful ladies, some skimpy outfits and maybe a little airbrushing all shot in a lovely soft focus. What do you think? Photo via EW...

The Playboy Club premieres Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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