NBC's Playboy Club: The Bare Facts About Hugh Hefner's Involvement

When a show called The Playboy Club comes about, it’s a safe to assume that Hugh Hefner will be involved in some way, shape, or form. But to what extent will the boss of all things Bunny impart his wisdom on NBC’s sexy new drama (premiering Monday, Sept. 19)? The answer is: a little less than originally planned.

Series exec producer Chad Hodge weighed in on the man whose name is synonymous with Playboy at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Monday, saying that while “you can’t tell the story of The Playboy Club without him,” the 85-year-old Hefner’s narration of the assorted goings-on will not be used beyond the pilot episode.

And while a version of Hef’s decades-younger self, glimpsed at in the pilot, “will return,” he will always be seen from behind. Even so, Hodge maintains, “His presence is there.”

And what of Hefner’s power over how The Playboy Club portrays him? Does he have a say in the way his swingin’ 1960s self is depicted?

“Hugh has the opportunity to look at any script he wants to, but he has been very hands-off in terms of the creative control of the show,” Hodge told TVLine. “He’s an entertainer, too, and he knows the project is a work of historical fiction.” Overall, says the exec, “He’s very, very happy with it.”

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  1. Nicole says:

    This show looks so interesting, and Amber Heard is great, but seriously, they killed any chance of me watching it when they cast Eddie Cibrian as the lead. Pretty alone does not make for a compelling actor.

  2. Holly Royce says:

    As a former Bunny and Bunny Mother I am excited and nostalgic and can’t wait to see the show.

  3. hanging fern says:

    The product of a dying and hopelessly anachronistic, once culturally powerful, now tragicslly emaciated Charles Foster Kane of sex, this is television’s truly pathetic “Rosebud” sled of desperation programming. “Mad Men” rip-off mania aside(which instantly stains it along with “Pan-Am”) who on earth would want to watch a fictionalized soap opera of a once-dangerous, now safe-as-milk defanged corporate empire wheezing away in it’s last desperate attempt towards socio-poitical relevancy, erotic or otherwise?

    As moldy as an old rabbit head air freshener, there is no retro-chic here other than a hopelessly ill-timed attempt at the allready passe idea of retro-chic anything. Remember “Swingtown”? Thought so.

    It might have worked if it was set in 1979,in the last frenzied days of disco, right before the cold dawn of Reagan, AIDS, and the murder of Dorothy Stratten, kind of like Weimar Berlin before the rise of the Nazis.

  4. hanging fern says:

    And as an afterthought: All this specifically bracketed “1960 to 1963 only”, pre-Kennedy murder, glossy-flossy “how optimistic we once were as a nation” nostalgia television?

    Historical Zoloft…. a synthetic, temporary, and superficial gift carefully administered to ease the pain of an ineffective present.

  5. Ern says:

    Wow you haters have heard of the remote control right lol playboy oozed cool not penthouse porn, let’s pretend it never happened… Idiots

  6. hanging fern says:

    A great, epic, insightful, daring, complex, multi-dimensional and ultimately human film biography needs to be made about Hugh Hefner’s life and times….this television show is not that.