'The Playboy Club': Can women be empowered while wearing bunny costumes?


NBC's "The Playboy Club" has yet to premiere (tune in Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m.) and it's already causing controversy. A Salt Lake City NBC affiliate is refusing to air the series, and the Parents Television Council is urging other affiliates to keep the show off the air as well. At the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Monday, the showrunners and stars of the series quite literally faced their critics. Addressing the affiliate issue, executive producer Chad Hodge says, "That is certainly their right to air or not air the show; we're just excited that another network in Salt Lake City has picked up the show."The theme of the day was whether or not the series, which is set in the 1960s at the Chicago Playboy Club, degrades or empowers women. The bunnies in the series certainly have their various secrets, and there are certainly "dirty dealings" happening at the club, though there's...



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