playboy club 09-19-11

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by CatScratchFever, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. CatScratchFever

    CatScratchFever Guest

    Apr 14, 2011
    Prescott AZ


    I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this, as did my wife as well. Bunnies, mobsters, corrupt politicians and the Chicago backdrop, what's not to like?
  2. rloper

    rloper Is there an answer?

    Mar 25, 2002
    I enjoyed this as well. An interesting, if soapy, period piece. Of course I'll watch anything with Amber Heard in it.

    Saying that, I'm not sure I buy Maureen's ability to be the scared new girl one second and suddenly be able to vamp out a mobster the next. Here's hoping all the characters get more depth to them as the story progresses.
  3. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    I hated it. Cliches right from the start. I couldn't stand the lead actor doing nothing more than a Don Draper impression. "Hef's" narration was awkward and stilted. The endless soundtrack in the club was distracting and wasted a lot of time.

    Amber Heard really is not enough reason to watch this crap.
  4. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
    It got terrible ratings, too. I have it TiVoed, but I may well wait a few weeks before I watch.
  5. Idearat

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000


    I didn't have high expectations, but the first episode exceeded them. They could do some interesting things with period events in the early 60s, using the club as the center point. The Mad Men comparisons always come out, but while that show is not just about advertising, I don't see this one being just about the club.
    Chicago mob, Chicago politics, public housing, gay rights, and race issues could be fodder for many episodes. NY has been done so many times, even similar themes with a Chicago tone could be new.

    It might bomb, but I think I see some potential there.
  6. Michael S

    Michael S Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    I haven't seen yet but just curious was KSL in Salt Lake the only station that was against airing it or did any of the other NBC stations join in and not air it?
  7. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA
    Overall I enjoyed the show. It did bother me in the beginning that the Bunnies seemed out of control. Evidently the strict Bunny rules took a while to develop because in the clubs I visited touching a Bunny would get you quickly ejected from the club. ;)
  8. CatScratchFever

    CatScratchFever Guest

    Apr 14, 2011
    Prescott AZ
    Then again you're not a mob henchman either ;)
  9. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA
    At least not in the '60s and '70s. ;)
  10. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Didn't exactly grab me. But I will keep watching to see if it grows on me. Maureen sure is one hot bunny.
  11. RMBittner

    RMBittner Member

    Aug 19, 2003
    We watched it but didn't really get involved in it. The lead actor -- and even the guy running the club -- look (and in the former's case, sound!) too much like "Mad Men" actors; it all seemed so contrived, with virtually no drama that I could find. Even the "rousing" musical numbers just seemed to fall flat for me.

    And then there's the editing: there was a two-shot in a limo in the last 15 minutes of the show that had the most jarring and purposeless cuts from one actor to the other. (The fact that I even noticed the editing is not a good sign.) It made me think they must have had a terrible time shooting that, because they apparently had to cut around a lot of bad material.

    So. . . we can say we saw it, but we're not going to bother watching again.

  12. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA
    You can't do a factual period show like this or Mad Men and avoid that look. That's just the way it was.
  13. Sadara

    Sadara huh?

    Sep 27, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    I liked the show. I had low expectations for it and was surprised. I will keep watching for now. But, I admit, I'm not jazzed about it, I just like it.
  14. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    +1 - me too.
  15. nyny523

    nyny523 Oy

    Oct 31, 2003
    New Yawk
    Not overly impressed.

    They did not do a great job of recreating the period, IMO. But I guess Mad Men spoiled me when it comes to amazing set, costume, hair and make-up recreation.

    The stories seem pretty cliched. I am keeping the SP for now, but it needs to get better to hold my interest...
  16. SullyND

    SullyND L: 31-14 (10-2) TCF Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chicago Burbs
    Same for me. The club manager is the neighbor from Doogie Howser, right?
  17. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

    Feb 3, 2001
    Nowhere Special

    David Krumholtz

    You're thinking about Max Casella.

    --Carlos V.
  18. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    high desert...
    The math genius from Numb3rs.
  19. SullyND

    SullyND L: 31-14 (10-2) TCF Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chicago Burbs
    Yeah, I knew I recognized him from somewhere, but in my case, it was as an elph. (In the Santa Clause movies).
  20. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Krumholtz is from Numbers.

    Max Casella (he was Doogie's best friend, was he also his neighbor?) was also a bit player on some episodes of "The Sopranos".

    As for this show -- I cancelled my SP for it. So far, I don't think I've "picked up" any new shows, but I guess I've actually only tried a few so far (I have some more recorded that I haven't watched yet). Wasn't horrible, and I could eventually see watching it again, but I don't think it'll last that long. It was just "blah".

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