BATMAN and SUPERMAN have spun off so many superhero movies that I cannot keep track of them all. Same for all the fantasy movies like Lord of the Rings. But there are unique movies and tv shows that do not seem to be able to be easily spun-off and replicated.
Mad Men is an amazing show. Throw back to the early sixtes. The gorgeous clothes and sets. Everything down to the last detail is so perfect.
Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.
So I just got an email about another show set in the 1960s. Definitely a throw back to an era that does not exist anymore. But I expect that the sex and the drama (just like Mad Men) might make this a successful show. Certainly more appealing than all those reality shows.
The name of the show is "The Playboy Club". It premiers on NBC on September 19th at 10/9C. Here is the concept. (also the trailer).
"From Academy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer, "The Playboy Club" is a provocative new 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, "CSI: Miami," "Third Watch") 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, "Zombieland," "Pineapple Express"), 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, "Take the Lead," "Eli Stone"), 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, "American Virgin," "Step Up"), the foxy and carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey, "CSI: Miami," "Dracula's Guest"), a sweet and romantic bartender. Brenda (Naturi Naughton, "Lottery Ticket," "Fame"), a stunning beauty with a dry wit, has big aspirations. Bunny Alice (Leah Renee, "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet") manages to take care of everyone but herself, and while married, is hiding a huge secret from everyone. Pearl (Jenifer Lewis, "Strong Medicine," "What's Love Got To Do With It") 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, "Numb3rs," "Superbad"), 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."
Definitely look like worth checking out at least for the premier.
Andrea Nicole Baker