Playboy Pilot's Nudity Clause Stirs Controversy

NBC’s The Playboy Club is already perking up the rabbit ears of one watchdog group, long before the pilot might ever see the light of day.

The contract for actors on the series — which is set in 1963 at the Playboy Club in Chicago — includes a clause stipulating that “nudity as defined above and/or simulated sex acts” may be required, Variety reported. Any such nude scenes would not make it into the broadcast version airing on NBC, but could be edited in for international DVD releases or cable syndication.

Variety noted that no such scenes are featured in the pilot itself, which is now wrapping production in Chicago, but the Parents Television Council is already commenting on the very existence of the nudity clause.

PTC president Tim Winter says in a statement that back when the NBC Universal-Comcast merger was being reviewed by Congress, “[We] called on the FCC to ‘force Comcast to stipulate that it absolutely will not use the public airwaves to distribute pornographic material.'”

Now, when “the ink isn’t even dry” on said merger, Winter argues, NBC’s Playboy Club (which is coproduced by 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV) is “requiring performers to sign a nudity clause — something virtually unheard of for broadcast TV.”

The PTC already this development season has taken issue with another pilot, namely the title of ABC’s Good Christian Bitches.

The Playboy Club cast includes Amber Heard (Zombieland, pictured above), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Step Up) and Naturi Naughton (Fame) as newbie Bunnies and Tony winner Laura Benanti (Eli Stone) as a “vet,” while Eddie Cibrian (Invasion) stars as a Club regular/mob “fixer.” David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) costars as the Playboy Club manager, and Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami) plays a bartender.

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46 Comments
  1. Cameron says:

    If the actresses are ok with it, I don’t see the big deal. Its not like they are going to be showing any of it on TV. I was surprised when they had a series like this on regular cable as opposed to HBO or Showtime or whatever anyways.

  2. Mike says:

    Here comes Pat Robertson and the religious right with their holier than thou hypocritical “morality”.

    • Nicotine says:

      Let’s not forget about the conservatives, too. I’m sure Sarah Palin will join the bandwagon at some point of time.

      Here’s what I don’t understand about television, the FCC and the PTC. They allow shows like CSI and L&O to come up with new and innovative ways to kill people every week on television, but god forbid somebody ‘simulate’ sex or slip a nipple.

      I might be wrong here, but isn’t murder worse than sex? Shouldn’t that be what we should shield our kids from?

      • BP says:

        Well said!!!

      • whatevs says:

        In the FCC’s defense, most kids need more incentive than a TV show to go out and kill someone, whereas sex is a lot easier to imitate.

      • Andy says:

        Don’t forget about Tipper and Al and their overmoralistic groups. Don’t segregate, be an equal opportunity commenter. The Gores and their liberal brethren will try and find a way to have the government parent our kids without any help from the parents.

  3. Chars says:

    I hardly think kids will be watching a show called the Playboy Club anyway, so why should the PTC get involved?

    • erin says:

      Because the PTC feels the need to get involved in EVERYTHING.

    • BP says:

      Because you are not able to control your house, kids, or remote. I mean how are you expected to live your life without some extremist telling you what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for you and your family. I mean the sheer notion that you would have to think for yourself is just unheard of!!!

  4. Jenny says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is, because it wouldn’t be on broadcast but rather the dvds. Right? The PTC needs to lighten the hell up!

  5. Jenny says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is, because it wouldn’t be on broadcast but rather the dvds. Right? The PTC needs to lighten the hell up!

  6. Steven says:

    Someone shut the PTC up!

  7. Marc says:

    These idiots need to get real jobs and lives. Seriously, if they don’t want kids seing nudity or sex from this show, don’t buy the DVDs! Are we going to disallow nudity in movies too while we’re at it? I just don’t understand why they think their idea of a perfect America should be instilled on everyone else — last time I checked, it was up to individual parents to be responsible and parent their own children… ugh these morons make me so angry with their stupidity!

  8. ggny says:

    god the PTC is dumb…Now people that never heard of this show are gonna watch to see it and from the press alone NBC is gonna greenlight it to series…if they would have just left it alone no one would have known or cared

  9. Daniel says:

    It’s about damned time. I understand how parents would feel uncomfortable about their children viewing sexual material, but if they feel that uncomfortable about it, it’s their job as parents to prevent their kids from seeing it.

  10. RecceR says:

    Why is anyone still listening to the PTC? They are just another one of the many organizations in America that want to censor everything from the public eye. They are an old, tired, and out of date organization that a big majority of people dislike for their censorship and blacklisting. I highly doubt any responsible parent would let their child watch this show if gets a season order. If parents want to keep their children from watching any content that is not appropriate, it is called a block on channels and shows. We do not need, nor want the PTC, and this just seems so ridiculous. Who the hell is even giving this info to them that they can find out so fast? I wish the entertainment community would blacklist the PTC, a bunch of uptight prudes. This is 2011, where 7 year olds know about drugs and sex from school and their peers, kids as young as 11 years old are losing their virginity, and some of the most horrific and violent acts of war, murder, and other crimes are shown and described in great detail on the news. I can understand why a little bit of nudity and sex on a broadcast network can be “shocking” (even though those things won’t air on NBC with the episodes, like stated), but let’s not forget about NYPD Blue. They were the first broadcast show to have nudity, graphic sex, and strong language, and were on ABC in the 10pm slot. They never edited themselves and have earned themselves a spot in TV History for being one of the most ground-breaking shows of all time. I feel like we have taken a huge jump back though. There are no shows even daring to be bold like NYPD Blue, because of censorship organizations like the PTC.

    And like all the others commenting, it’s not even going to air with the nudity or sex for God’s sake! They said it will most-likely be on the DVDS, which is not unheard of. There are plenty of broadcast shows that have the “uncut” or “producer’s cut” versions of episodes when they come out on DVD. That way idiot parents that do not know how to block unwanted shows and just like to complain about them won’t have to worry. So the PTC once again has spoken before they bothered to actually research anything, like several other organizations. How exactly will they “distribute pornographic material” via the public airwaves, especially when they said it won’t air in the original broadcast? They are so unprofessional and need to just stop with this crazy censorship vendetta. Oh, and this is going to get this show a great deal of publicity. The funny thing is, when a show causes just enough controversy, people run to watch it because of the content. Shows how much people are appalled at a bare butt or people under the sheets.

    Hey PTC, instead of constantly trying to police and censor American TV, why not teach parents how to be parents? You should not be trying to get rid of unwanted content on TV, just because parents do not want to spend time with their children and monitor them. Why not have some kind of nation-wide seminar that teaches parents how to be constant in their children’s lives? The total lack of parenting in this country is because parents spend very little time with their children and let the media raise them. Poor parenting has created some of the most over-obsessed crazed pre-teen/tween fans of today (Bieber, Twilight). Let’s not forget all the death-threats people involved with Justin Bieber have gotten.

    Sorry for the rant about parenting and even mentioning Bieber, but I’m just trying to say the PTC is not right for trying to get things censored. They should be trying to get parents to interact with their children more.

    PS: Good Christian Bitches sounds like a fun time! haha

  11. Sean says:

    Seems like a stunt on the producers part – maybe there will be an R-rated DVD cut.

  12. SOP for actor contracts says:

    I’m shocked Matt doesn’t know this. Both SAG and AFTRA require upfront notice if there is any possibility that simulated sex or any level of nudity could maybe at some point perhaps be required. That’s all this clause is about. They might never use it at all but they have to have it or they can’t ever even if it really really really is needed for the story.

    And yeah I agree with those saying that the PTC needs to shush and basically stop telling me how to raise my kids. If I don’t want them to watch this show or others like it then that’s my job to prevent it. but if I want to let them then that’s my business.

  13. Kris says:

    It was one thng when the PTC was attacking shows aimed at children (even then it was extreme) but now its just gotten ridiculous. If youlet your kids watch a show about Playboy, its YOUR fault.

  14. luke says:

    as long as Eddie Cibrian gets naked, i dont really care

  15. JR says:

    By reporting on this (and us talking about) it gives the PTC more power and attention than they deserve.

  16. Lars says:

    I’m from Germany and I am constantly amazed about the US attitude towards sex and nudity. In Germany, it’s not uncommon to see nudity in prime time programming and it’s not unheard of that movies with nudity get a rating that denies only children aged under 6. Most R-Rated comedies with sexual content (like the original American Pie trilogy) get a “FSK 12″ rating (meaning: anyone aged 12 or older can see the movie; children aged 6-12 can view the movie with their parents).

    On the other hand: Violent content is rated much more rigorous and many US shows are only allowed for people aged >=16. This includes network shows like 24, Bones, CSI or Lost (some episodes of 24 and Lost are even rated >=18, meaning that only adults are allowed to watch them and there are some restrictions regarding the sale of the DVDs).

    • Malcolm Boura says:

      If the PTC really cared about children, then they would put children first and they would put children before their own prejudices. It is not coincidence that the USA has such appalling body shame and also ten times the teenage pregnancy rate of many European countries.

  17. deedeedragons says:

    The PTC always reminds me of that episode of The Simpsons where Helen Lovejoy & Maude Flanders try to get Michelangelo’s David banned.

  18. Esta says:

    That’s what I thought, too, having a best friend who works in the business. But I don’t think I’ve heard of such a clause for a network tv show. Cable, for sure. I think that’s what curious here.

  19. BearDogg-X says:

    The Parent Trash Cult should have zero credibility in anything they spout off about considering that they had to publicly apologize and pay $3.5 million to Vince McMahon and WWE to settle WWE’s $30 million defamation of character lawsuit against the PTC for the group lying about WWE programming.

    It’s high time some TV producers and even some video game producers did like Vince McMahon and filed suit against the PTC.

  20. forrest says:

    A good publicity stunt in the works. The project gets publicity from this early stage and it will only grow as the PTC gets louder. Should be a ratings hit for the premiere at least, regardless of the product from here on out. LOL.

  21. Rob says:

    if i had to guess this isnt even a publicity stunt. Its probably so that if the show isnt picked up at NBC they can sell it to a cable network and all the actors already agree to nudity so they dont have to recast anybody

  22. Rachel says:

    I wish the media would ignore these idiots. It’s such a non-story.

    • BearDogg-X says:

      Maybe they should be ignored, but at the same time, they shouldn’t be ignored since it would be easier to discredit the group.

  23. I_Captain Blanco says:

    So Amber Heard is required by contract to get naked?

    I’m IN. Uh, as it were.

  24. G-Scott says:

    Seems like to me their mostly upset that if you want to see the nude scenes you’ll have to buy the DVD or go to England.

  25. Jared Munson says:

    Coming this Fall to FOX: “PTC: The Series”…which show will they fight against this week?

  26. maggie says:

    I don’t care if there’s a nudity clause. I just think this sounds like a stupid idea for a TV show.

  27. Bob says:

    Can the PTC please go away? Stop trying to force your agenda on the rest of the country. You haven’t even seen the pilot. It hasn’t aired on NBC, so how is it you can complain about something that may or may not exist? How many of you are Amish (and that’s a reference to being stuck in the 1850s, nothing else)?

  28. teniba says:

    The nudity and the sex scenes are supposed to eb only on the DVD, while the rest will remain broadcast friendly, so why all the fuss?

  29. teniba says:

    But all the violence you can in a tv series is ok, i mean Torturing a a suspect by shooting his knee in season 4 episode 1 of 24, that is soooo ok, and later in that season using electricity to torture another suspect was also ok, but showing a human body nude, that will corrupt the soul of american youth???

  30. Gretchen Owen says:

    Regardless of whether or not actual nudity will be broadcast over the public airwaves, women will still be depicted as animals in the name of a fantastical caricature of sexuality. On the surface, this is an embarrassing attempt at creating (a generous term) an edgy prime-time show. Underneath, this is an open wound on our society that will not heal until we acknowledge that sometimes being edgy or open isn’t worth the harm it does cause in some cases. I’m angered by the lack of balance in women roles in television and films, and I’m disappointed in the people who accept money in return for making a show with this type of premise possible. I ask, “Is this the creative best you can do?”

  31. Nicole says:

    everyone seems to be blaming “bad” parents. It has nothing to do with being a bad parent. U can’t sit there and watch ur child 24/7, it’s about accessibility to inappropriate content. Sure you can block it but jeeez, this is NBC not Cinemax. When my parents blocked dirty channels that didn’t stop me, but if I knew I could watch sexual acts on chanel 4 that would have saved me a lot of time. but its not that, just look at the way society is making young girls hate themselves. people are spending more and more money on plastic surgery because why? You want to feel good about yourself and boost your self esteem? why? Because we place so much attention on the glamorous life of physical beauty that being average just isn’t attractive anymore. it’s sad and I know there isn’t a girl on here that hasn’t experienced that feeling of not being good enough. Shows like these are just killers for our younger generation. Then these little insecure girls objectify themselves because they strive for male acceptance…but men cant complain because they are just “men” and are innocent visual creatures. Blah blah blah. Society sux period. too many people are brainwashed therefore nothing will change. Just turn off your tv and and explore the real world around you before you get sucked into it too.