NBC orders 'The Playboy Club,' other pilots to series


Next season, the Peacock and the bunny are going to get it on.

NBC has picked up the potentially controversial project The Playboy Club to series.

The drama is set in 1963 and centers on the opening of the first Playboy Club in Chicago. The pilot from Chad Hodge raised eyebrows when the cast, which includes Amber Heard, David Krumholtz and Eddie Cibrian, was asked to agree to nudity clause — typically unheard of on broadcast TV. The nude scenes are expected to only be used (if at all) for DVD and international versions of the show.

NBC also gave the greenlight to two other dramas today – Awake is from Kyle Killen follows the simultaneous and parallel lives of a detective who can not let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a horrible car accident (it’s been described as Inception for TV). Besides Isaacs, it also features Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Harris.

The third pick up Grimm,  a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. It stars David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch and Kate Burton.

The Peacock has already picked up Prime Suspect, the series adaption of the acclaimed Brit miniseries and Steven Spielberg’s musical drama Smash. For comedies, it is going with a Christina Applegate starrer about a working mother, along with another laugher from stand-up comic Whitney Cummings about a young couple in a committed relationship.

Also in the current NBC news-pocalypse pre-upfront frenzy: NBC has renewed Chuck for a final season, has cancelled The Event, has rejected Wonder Woman and greenlit Chelsea Handler’s sitcom.

UPDATE: NBC rejects Wonder Woman! Much-buzzed pilot shot down

UPDATE: NBC renews Parenthood, Harry’s Law

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  • Mycatsleepstoomuch

    Well I hope I can download the international versions of Playboy, he he he. #nakedladies


    • tipsy

      ya, Playboy made the cut! Awsome news. Awake and grim also sound great!

    • Maldini

      I’ve already seen Amber Heard naked before, in “The Joneses” and “The Informers”. Both crap movies, but as was said: #nakedladies#

      • sculliosis

        I’ve seen the pilot of the playboy club. no nudity, but its def worth watching.

  • kireet

    Any word on 17th Precinct?

    • Jenz

      So with you! C’mon NBC. I can’t imagine with Moore behind it and the fantastic cast that it could be bad enough not to pick up. So many people are interested in this show!

      • Andie

        I’m pretty sure it’s dead, unfortunately, especially with Grimm being picked up.

      • Aaron

        With Grimm picked up, it’s pretty much dead. Apparently the pilot didn’t turn out as well as everyone had hoped.

    • James Hibberd

      It’s dead

  • Michael

    Did any one else notice the Cougar Town surpass in the picture above.I caught it.

  • greg

    So does this mean they passed on Wonder Woman?

    • tom

      indeed, they have



  • jwsuro

    word is 17th precinct did not turn out well.

    • ks

      I hope that is not true, I am looking forward to it coming out-if it does

      • Steven

        It got passed on. It’s not going to be released.

  • Shannon

    Who are the idiots over at NBC that keep greenlighting these shows that are obviously not going to work.

  • Carol

    Oh, God, I don’t wanna see David Krumholtz naked.

    • Cyn

      I do!

    • Lynn

      David Krumholtz is going to be great! He is so talented and charismatic. He was the real star on Numb3rs and will be so entertaining to watch on Playboy. I love him….

    • tom

      and I, I do not

      • Ida

        Thank you Ariane! There are quite a few of us collectors arnoud. I am looking forward to my next batch of heads, I am going to put them in a burlap sack and hang them from a tree and let the maggots feed the chickens. I will bury them after but not leave them in the ground so long.I also collect sea glass by the ton and save/preserve all of the chicken and rabbit feet from processing animals. Have a great day! Cassie

    • my eyes

      I agree. David Krumholtz naked? Please throw acid in my eyes now!

  • Sam J

    Inception for TV? Are they gonna incept the idea to buy the products from the commercials? I need a new cell phone. I’ve been Incepted.

    • Fabe


  • Fabe

    Well, I’m really looking forward to “The Playboy Club”, but I am disappointed about how many cop dramas there are. I mean how many do we really need. “Grimm” actually sounds like something that would be on the CW. Anyway, I’m also happy about “Smash” and “Up All Night”.

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  • Billie

    Yay! Amber Heard is HOTT!

  • MB

    I can save NBC time and money. Every one of these shows is DOA.

    • asher

      At this point, I kind of feel the same way!

    • katie

      I find it hilarious that you people can make judgments like that without reading the script or seeing the show. Hope you buy a lot of lottery tickets.

  • Dalton

    Amber is incredibly gorgeous. I love her. She’s really beautiful and a really sweet girl.

  • V

    Awake, sounds like the NBC version a few years ago. Journeyman.
    How does this sound like Inception for tv? i hope i’m wrong, and its really good.

    • M

      The plot for Awake sound nothing like Inception. I think that analogy is more a marketing ploy. It sounds interesting and the lead actor – Jason Isaacs is really good. I can’t wait to see it and Grimm.

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