'The Playboy Club' series premiere recap: Chasing Tale

My colleague Ken Tucker has referred to The Playboy Club as "the least sexy new show of the fall season," and I'll give him that. We've seen Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus wear as little onstage as these Bunnies, so the heaving bosoms blend into the background. The men in the club are, so far, portrayed as chauvinists who either want to buy a Bunny for the night or to marry her and knock her up so no one else will want what is his. By the end of the hour, we got a hint of longing with a new rule that Bunnies can't date keyholders and a staged back alley kiss between Cigarette Bunny Maureen (Amber Heard) and lawyer Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian), the knight in shining '60s-wear who helped her cover up her murder (in self-defense) of his former mob boss.

But the reason I actually liked The Playboy Club more than I thought I would is because it isn't just trying to sell sex. It's a story about secrets, and how even women wearing next to nothing can be hiding something. At least that's the direction I hope we're headed. Read More...



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