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Review: NBC's 'The Playboy Club' takes dull trip back to the '60s

Review: NBC's 'The Playboy Club' takes dull trip back to the '60s

The producers of NBC's "The Playboy Club" would rather you not compare their drama - about the Bunnies, patrons and other hangers-on at the famous Chicago club in the early '60s - to "Mad Men," even though it's set in the same era, has styled leading man Eddie Cibrian to look very much like Don Draper, has a pilot directed by frequent "Mad Men" contributor Alan Taylor, and has a cast that includes Naturi Naughton playing a "chocolate Bunny" much like the one she played last season on "Mad Men." 

Some of the "Playboy" producers' reasons for avoiding the comparison have been stated, while some are just easy to assume. On the former, there's the way the new show is much more overtly soapy and fast-paced than the AMC drama. The pilot features both a musical number and a murder within the first five minutes and features intrigue involving the Mafia and Chicago politics. On the latter, there's the inescapable fact that "Mad Men" gets ratings that, while good for AMC, would get it canceled in two weeks by NBC, and the even more inescapable fact that Eddie Cibrian is not Jon Hamm - not even if you squint and turn the sound way down. Read More....


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