“The Playboy Club” trailer, Leah Renee Cudmore as Alice
The Playboy Club has already introduced us to Maureen.
Now, in the NBC show’s latest trailer, we get to know another Bunny fairly well. Her name is Alice, she’s played by Leah Renee Cudmore and she’s a lesbian. But this is 1961, producer Chad Hodge says, so she’s “not an out lesbian.”
“The other girls don’t know about her. But it’s her secret life,” Hodge teases.
NBC’s sassy fall show ‘The Playboy Club’ highlights life as a Playboy Bunny, makes role empowering
Source: NY Daily News
It’s a debate as old as black-and-white television: Did Playboy Clubs exploit women or empower them?
NBC’s new fall drama “The Playboy Club” votes for “empower.”
The producers and stars all vigorously defended the show Monday against a stream of polite but skeptical questions from TV reporters about the real appeal of any show built on women in excruciatingly tight costumes with popout tops and white bunny tails.
Becoming a Bunny “felt like freedom to women then,” said Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who plays Bunny Janie. “These women didn’t have a lot of options.”
“These are young women who wanted to make something of themselves,” said executive producer Ian Beiderman.
“This is a group of powerful, positive women,” says Amber Heard, who plays Bunny Maureen, a blond newcomer whose life is turned upside down by an accident early in the first episode.
That said, no one was positioning “The Playboy Club” as a feminist rally.
Leah and her Playboy Club cast mates attended the 2011 TCA a little earlier today. She looked really pretty!
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“The Playboy Club” a soapy hour-long drama new NBC show
A lot of historical research has gone into The Playboy Club, and they’ve only filmed the pilot. But the cast and producers spent most of their time on the TCA panel defending one of the show’s taglines: “The men have the keys but the women hold all of the power.”
The new NBC show (slated to premiere Sept. 19) is a soapy hour-long drama that focuses on the 1961 Playboy Club, started by Hugh Hefner in Chicago. And because the Playboy brand carries some stigma, there were several questions posed to the about how the women could actually “hold all of the power” while prancing around in tight, cleavage-revealing outfits with bunny tails.
“This is about choice,” said the show’s star, Amber Heard. “Ultimately it’s a different generation with different opportunities and different expectations for women. And I am fortunate to be part of this generation which doesn’t need to choose between combat boots and an apron. I can do it in heels!” (Nude platforms, for the record.)