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Playboy Out of the Closet

The September 19 premiere of NBC's 1960s-set The Playboy Club will reveal that one of the bunnies is a closeted lesbian married to a gay man. Openly gay series star Amber Heard, who plays the straight Maureen, was surprised to see the original depiction of the lesbian bunny as butch. "She was originally written to be different from the other girls in the way that she dressed and carried herself — with less feminine grace," says Amber, who convinced executive producer Chad Hodge to rewrite the character.... //www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Playboy-Club-1037222.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Singer Rafael Saadiq To Appear on THE PLAYBOY CLUB

Singer-songwriter Rafael Saadiq will play  the late  singer Sam Cooke  in  THE PLAYBOY CLUB . In what will become a regular feature on the series , modern day artists will be transformed into 1960?s artists who performed at the legendary gentlemen’s club. Much like  our report on Colbie Caillat’s upcoming performance as Lesley Gore on the series , Saadiq is the second artist to be announced and he will portray Cooke shortly before his tragic murder in 1964 at the age of 33. He will sing Cooke’s hit single "Having A Party". He is expected to appear in the show’s fourth episode. [Source:  TV Guide ] Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/09/07/singer-rafael-saadiq-to-appear-on-the-playboy-club/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

'The Playboy Club' an 'insult' to women's rights advocates

The NBC show "The Playboy Club" continues to court controversy before the first episode even airs.The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women has issued a non-binding resolution urging NBC and its affiliates to "replace the program with a series that, instead, depicts women's substantive achievements." The organization is a publicly-funded entity dedicated to securing equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities for San Francisco women. The resolution, issued in late Aug., says the show "represents a major step backward for women who have struggled to earn an equal place in the workplace, in the community, and at home.""The Playboy Club" focuses on the lives of the famed Bunnies as well as clientele of the original Playboy Club in 1960s. The show stars Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton, Laura Benanti and Eddie Cibrian.Commission president Kay Gulbengay, admits to not having seen the program, only the commercials. But she still feels it does not respect the... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/the-playboy-club-an-insult-to-womens-rights-advocates.html

Playboy Club Books Another Guest Performer

Legendary R&B musician Sam Cooke , famous for such soulful tunes as "Twisting the Night Away," "You Send Me," and "A Change Is Gonna Come," has been booked for NBC's The Playboy Club .   Singer/songwriter Rafael Saadiq, whose stylings have been heard on film and television soundtracks since the early '90s, will play the late singer in the early 60's, shortly before his tragic murder in 1964 at age 33. He'll appear in the new drama's fourth episode, to air in October.   //www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Playboy-1036963.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Amber Heard Interview THE PLAYBOY CLUB

The provocative new NBC drama  The Playboy Club   (premiering on September 19 th ) takes place in Chicago in the early 1960?s, at a time and place that challenged the existing social mores and transformed American culture forever. The legendary and seductive club is filled with beautiful Bunnies, striving for their own independence and careers. When innocent new Bunny Maureen (Amber Heard) accidentally kills the patriarch of the Bianchi crime family, Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) – the ultimate playboy and one of the city’s top attorneys – comes to her aid. At the Playboy Club, everyone has their own ambitions and agendas, and they are all hiding secrets. Read More... //collider.com/amber-heard-playboy-club-interview/110907/

Joel Gretsch to Hold Office on The Playboy Club

Joel Gretsch is going from a priest to a politician. The actor, who played Father Jack on V and recently appeared on an episode of In Plain Sight , will recur throughout season one of The Playboy Club as an adversary for Eddie Cibrian's Nick Dalton. Dalton will be aiming for the officer of State's Attorney this fall, but he'll have to defeat the man holding that position first: Gretsch's incumbent. The Playboy Club premieres on September 19 and Cassidy Freeman will join Gretsch as a new addition to the series. //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/08/joel-gretsch-to-hold-office-on-the-playboy-club/

NBC Unveils Posters for New Series Including THE PLAYBOY CLUB, GRIMM, PRIME SUSPECT and More

We’re just over a month away from kicking off the new television season and so the networks are really starting to push their new series into the public eye. NBC is up to bat today with a small batch of new posters promoting a few of their new series hitting in September. After the jump you can check out some slick new posters for the  Mad Men -esque series  The Playboy Club , the American remake of the British series  Prime Suspect , the fairytale crime drama  Grimm , and comedies like  Up All Night ,  Free Agents  and  Whitney . Honestly, it seems like NBC has the most promising line-up of new shows, but Fox could give them a run for their money. For more details on these and the rest of NBC’s new series, check out our posts of clips from the new comedies  right here , and dramas  over here , not to mention  complete trailers   of all the series right here. Otherwise, see the new posters after the jump. //collider.com/nbc-playboy-club-poster-grimm/109423/

'The Playboy Club': Colbie Caillat to Guest Star

Colbie Caillat  will visit NBC’s  The Playboy Club  this fall. As first reported by EW, the singer has been tapped to play  Lesley Gore  in an episode of the upcoming fall drama and perform famed singer’s "It’s My Party" on the 1960s period drama starring  Eddie Cibrian  and  Amber Heard ,  The Hollywood Reporter  has confirmed. The drama lends itself to big-name entertainers as the series takes place inside the Playboy Club and will feature performances by popular artists of the era. Read More.... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/wd-qbcFJy0E/playboy-club-colbie-caillat-guest-223716

'The Playboy Club': 'Smallville's' Cassidy Freeman Books Recurring Role

As first reported by TV Line, Freeman has booked a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming fall drama  The Playboy Club ,  The Hollywood Reporter  has confirmed. Freeman, who played Tess on the CW’s  Smallville , will play Frances Dunhill, a Chicago socialite with a secret who stands in as Nick Dalton’s ( Eddie Cibrian ) date as he makes a run for public office and she aims to please her father. She’ll first appear in Episode 3 of the drama, which premieres Monday, Sept. 19. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/TgJp85aZVz8/playboy-club-smallvilles-cassidy-freeman-223251

Amber Heard talks 'Playboy Club' costumes, female empowerment in Playboy 20Q interview

The parade of cross-promotion continues for NBC program "The Playboy Club" and Playboy magazine.The most recent iteration is in the September 2011 issue of the magazine where Amber Heard participates in their "20Q" (short for 20 Questions) section. Heard, the show's main character, plays Maureen, the recently-hired Bunny.Heard seems to have been well trained by network publicists on dealing with the controversy surrounding the show, echoing the messages of female empowerment executives have been trumpeting.Here are some highlights of the interview:On the Bunny costume: "If it got any tighter, we wouldn't be able to sit upright. I'm ­serious--it's that intense. But it looks great when you're wearing it."On staying in shape for the show: "Back in the 1960s it was fine to have curves. Do you know how happy I am that I get to keep some of my curves? For once I don't have to starve myself."On the show's message: "What I like about... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/amber-heard-talks-playboy-club-costumes-female-empowerment-in-playboy-20q-interview.html