This may be the final episode of The Playboy Club to air on NBC. Conjecturing from the miserable ratings coupled with no preview shown for next week's episode; instead NBC ran a promo for Law & Order: SVU.
If so, the aired series ends on a cliffhanger, with Maureen getting in a car with the son of the gangster she accidentally killed. He's been trying for weeks to figure out what this hot blonde Bunny knows about his father's disappearance and doing a pretty terrible job at it.
Meanwhile, for a sexy bastion of swinging 1961 nostalgia, The Playboy Club is actually really nerdy. Sean Maher from Firefly is a regular on the cast as a gay guy, and this episode Joel Gretsch from V and The 4400 joined as a rival to Nick Dalton. Plus Cassidy Freeman from Smallville also joined as a love interest for Nick, but SWERVE! She's actually a lesbian and part of the secret cabal of gays and lesbians on the show.
A Chicago newspaper reporter named Doris pulls a Lois Lane and gets hired as a Bunny all the while digging dirt up on the Club and the Bunnies for an expose. What's completely unrealistic is how the reporter isn't nearly hot enough to be a Bunny. Smallville's Lois Lane not only would have been plenty hot enough but she would have shown up to audition with a Bunny suit from her own closet.
However, Doris does dig up some dirt for a two part expose that Nick Dalton got buried Deus Ex Machina-style. Doris overheard Maureen discussing killing the mob boss. But another Bunny confesses to Maureen that before she became a Bunny, she killed someone when she was younger. Got that?
Though he would never, ever be, it's a good thing Ned Flanders isn't a keyholder at the Playboy Club. Two of the Bunnies are murderers! Mur-diddly-urders!
Until next week? If not, until the complete series appears on Netflix Instant...
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Originally posted by It's FalseOne of the local radio shows said it best. Shows like this (and Pan Am) demonstrate that networks have no idea why people like Mad Men.
Heh. Especially when the answer of what Mad Men has over its network clones is so obvious: Pan Am and The Playboy Club have very nice costume design, production design, cinematography, and even persuasive CGI to recreate the 1960s. They get everything right except the writing! Mad Men is one of the best written shows on television. Also the acting on Mad Men is worlds better, but it all starts with the screenplays.
On Twitter, Hefner's supporters and Playmates who "loved" The Playboy Club are rallying to blame the "Puritan values still in America". Yeah, sure. The PTC is a bitch. Hef also says the show should have been on cable and not NBC. Yeah, sure, that makes sense, then we could have at least seen some boobies. That would've been nice from a show about Playboy.
But the true source of The Playboy Club's cancellation is that it was a poorly conceived and badly written show that people didn't want to watch. If it were a smart, well-written show, THAT would have shocked people, garnered critical support and generated positive buzz. Would people still have rejected it? Maybe. But as it is, The Playboy Club now checks out of television as a bad show people didn't care to watch.
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Originally posted by John OrquiolaThey get everything right except the writing! Mad Men is one of the best written shows on television. Also the acting on Mad Men is worlds better, but it all starts with the screenplays.
I heard once that people in "the business" of entertainment (television, movies) are always looking to rely on something beyond "well written" because they don't know how to tell whether something is well written. Copying the look is really all they can do.
It's interesting how little the Playboy brand matters anymore. The internet and access to anything you want is probably the main reason. That and the heavy use of the air brush probably doesn't help much. Randy Marsh, "I can't jackoff to Playboy". Do kids even sneak a peek at their dad's or probably grandpa's Playboy anymore?
I actually still get the mag. The articles are usually pretty solid and they do keep up with free speech. So, I just get it for the articles ... There is no way you could have told me as a kid 20 years ago that I would become 'that guy'
I agree totally excellent episode. My favorite part was the delivery on Wally's "I'm gonna paint my logo on it!" I guess they didn't have much Flash in the earlier episodes because they knew how Flash-centric the ending was going to be.