Skip to comments.NBC's Naked Ambitions
Posted on 04/09/2011 9:50:37 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
As the network TV barons peruse through a menu of pilots for new fall shows, some just jump out of the pile. Some Tinseltown pundits have already pegged it as likely that NBC will pick up a show for fall called The Playboy Club. Just like it sounds, the show is based in Hugh Hefners original Playboy Club in Chicago in swinging 1963.
If that doesnt sound porn-friendly enough, the pilots producers at 20th Century Fox TV required all actors on the show to sign a nudity clause virtually unheard of in broadcast television.
"Nudity in this contract is defined as well, nudity. But thats not what grabs attention. This is: Nudity as defined above and/or simulated sex acts may be required in connection with player's services in the pilot and/or series," the clause reads, according to Variety. Actors may now be required to be naked on NBC.
Despite this new low, Variety was told there was no nudity in the pilot, and producers didnt plan any such thing for NBC. But apparently, the broadcast version would provide temptation for the titillated to buy the DVD for the extras. (And if there will be no nudity, why a nudity clause?)
Variety guessed that the Playboy show could travel in the opposite direction from edgy HBO fare like The Sopranos and Sex and the City. A clean version would air on NBC, and then a sleazier version might appear in pay cable or perhaps on an edgy basic-cable channel like FX.
The Parents Television Council condemned NBC for its blatant attempt to obliterate broadcast decency standards with this show. When Comcast bought NBC Universal, the PTC asked the Federal Communications Commission to press Comcast to stipulate it would not use the public airwaves to distribute pornographic material. As PTC president Tim Winter now states, The ink isnt even dry yet on the company merger and were already saying We told you so.
Could the nudity clause be but a moralist-teasing ploy to use scandal to boost the programs chances for a fall pickup? Sleaze doesnt always sell.
This pornographer-glamorizing show wouldnt be a first for Fox Television. Nearly everyones already forgotten Skin, which Jerry Bruckheimer made for Fox in 2003. The premise was a teen Romeo-and-Juliet romance between the son of a District Attorney and the daughter of a porn magnate.
Critics adored it. Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, "Bruckheimer didn't get where he is by being ahead of the curve. He is the curve. His gut tells him, accurately, that porn is not just well within the American mainstream but overdue to be stripped of its plain brown wrapper in prime time."
But does this sound familiar? Bruckheimer expressed his intention to have the DVD release contain more explicit edits of the episodes than what was broadcast on Fox. Sometimes, these business ploys dont pay off. Unfortunately for Bruckheimer and his media boosters like Rich, Fox only aired six episodes before it all ended with a ratings-crashing yawn.
So much for Bruckheimer isnt ahead of the curve. He is the curve.
Even if NBC picked up the show and steered clear of a nudity clause, the show could give a boost to Hugh Hefners flagging porn empire. Stock analysts have seen quarterly loss after quarterly loss for Playboy, and Hefner bought back his shares at an inflated price to avoid a takeover by other pornographers. One thing is making money for Playboy: licensing its brand.
If NBC picks up this show, the resulting glamour could provide a real, well, stimulus for the Playboy brand. The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas opened a Playboy Club in 2006, and a new Playboy Club opened this month in the hot spot of Macao on Chinas southern coast.
How times have changed. In 2011, The Playboy Club defines what the progressives in Hollywood will glamorize. But back in 1985, ABC made a TV-movie called A Bunnys Tale to dramatize uber-feminist Gloria Steinems 1963 expose of the Playboy clubs as a thankless job for the overworked, under-dressed help.
Where are Steinem and her brigade of feminists to protest NBC and Fox for their Hefner-boosting plans in 2011? This is just another example marking how lame and discredited the feminist movement looks today.
If you read the article, it looks like a scam to get people to buy the disks after the show airs with it’s deleted scenes. More marketing BS from the networks. I bet the show lasts half a season it will be so bad.
Ironically, while the ink is "drying", my sportfishing tv series will be premiering on the new NBC Sports (Versus) July to Dec 2011. My series is FREEPER friendly...and I'm trying to figure out a an episode pitch to Jim in which we might be able to call out all FR sportfishers to sponsor our own episode at Shasta Lake (or ??). Stay tuned beebers. This is "hugh and series". Ha!
There was nudity in a Tarzan film from 1934, Tarzan and his Mate (pre-code), that was on TCM this afternoon.
I assume that was the Hayes Code?
yes. There was a lot of nudity too.
Yeah, this sounds like NBC. The network is a perfect reflection of the profanity-laced imbecility you might see at websites like Democrat Underground, for example.
Thank you, but I’ll stick with Fox (’Fringe’), USA (’Burn Notice’, ‘White Collar’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’), Ion (’Criminal Minds’, ‘Without a Trace’), FX (’Sons of Anarchy’), A&E, TNT, TCM, and Bravo.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched any of the original broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC).
Television is God (( ping )).
That scene was not shown in America.
Pre-code talkies are actually quite enjoyable, when viewed in a modern context, considering they only were produced within about a 5 year timeframe.
Last time I watched TCM (about a year or two ago), that scumhole ultraleftist wife-beater Alec Baldwin was hosting.
Not surprising as cable keeps upping the ante. Anyone who’s seen Spartacus on Starz will understand. What’s worse is they managed to have more sex, more nudity, and still have better writing, higher production values, and better acting than the network stuff.
“I bet the show lasts half a season it will be so bad.”
LOL! I was thinking the same thing. After all, NBC executives will be in charge! Network television is so bad, I don’t think it can attract real talent anymore. All the talented story tellers have fled to HBO, Showtime, USA Network, A&E, and the rest.
That might explain the increase in reality shows.