'The Playboy Club' finds new hutch in Utah

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The bunnies will hippety-hop in Utah again. NBC’s new drama The Playboy Club will air on Salt Lake City’s MyNetwork TV affiliate KMYU after KSL-TV refused to air it earlier this month. 

The Playboy Club, which was slotted on Mondays at 10 p.m. this fall, is a Mad Men-style drama set in the 1960s at a Playboy-branded Chicago nightclub.

The show was first dumped because its parent company Bonneville International is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-Day Saints. “We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand,” the station’s president and CEO said in a statement.

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  • Amy

    You may want to do a little editing before you published this. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yes, we are Christians.

    • Jay

      …if you use the term very loosely, maybe

      • Will

        LOL*

      • Amy

        You should do a little research of your own. I think you will be surprised. Don’t judge until you know.

      • Jehosephat

        Uh, sorry, Christians don’t believe that Jesus visited America….. They also didn’t believe in the second coming in 1891 which Joseph Smith falsely prophesied.

      • Michael

        A lot of Christians believe Christ walked the Americas, particularly those of Native American descent (I’ve met many).

        Don’t believe everything people say about Joseph Smith. He never prophesied a Second Coming in 1891. He said the Lord told him that IF he lived to 85 (which he didn’t), he would see the face of God, but that the Lord did not tell him if that would be the Second Coming, some other visitation, or if he would die and see the Lord that way (D&C 130:14-17).

    • C Men

      Christians or not, you’re still weirdos.

      • Mike

        What’s your definition of weirdos? There are a lot of misconceptions about Mormons.

        As a Mormon, I feel like a pretty average American. I’m married with 3 kids, work a solid job as a web designer, play video games and sports. I don’t drink, smoke, or sleep around. I believe in Jesus Christ, I teach my kids good values. What’s weird about that?

      • Steve

        Mike, nothing about that is weird at all. We just live in a society of haters who belittle those who try and live a good, clean life.

      • C Men

        Your religious beliefs are weird. That is why you are weirdos. I’ve seen the South Park episode about Mormons so I know what I’m talking about.

    • LMFAO

      Just another cult.

      • Mike

        Classic.

    • arwrewyre

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  • Will

    Although I’m glad the show will be able to air here in Utah, I still don’t think the show was looking for a strong demographic in Utah.

  • Ben

    I do not know why Anyone would want to watch this program. NBC will Not be airing any nudity. Who wants to watch a show about the Playboy club that does not display nudity? For the record, Christine Hefner (daughter of Hugh Hefner and former CEO of Playboy Magazine) has never posed in the nude, because she does not want people to see her naked body. I have a Playboy DVD with naked women, and I would not watch a DVD about Playboy that does not have naked women. I do not read Playboy, “just for the interviews”.

    • dave

      Ben, believe it or not this show is being billed as a drama, not a porn.

  • Ben

    Nudity is not porn. Adult women posing in the nude is not porn, and have been the subject of many great paintings, pictures, and statues. Nudity in the movies frequently gets a PG, PG-13, or a R rating. Porn gets a NC-17 rating. There is almost no difference between Playboy Magazine and a woman posing in a Body Paint bathing suit in Sport Illustrated.

    • dave

      Great. I still don’t understand why you don’t understand why people would watch this, or any, drama on television.

    • dave

      I bet you wondered why anyone would watch Boogie Nights since it wasn’t going to have real intercourse in it.

    • Wendy Silverman

      If you jerk-off to it, it’s porn. That’s pretty much the fine line between art and porn.

  • Michael

    Can someone explain the headline to me? Hutch?

  • Ben

    To Michael; A Hutch is a place where rabbits are kept. The symbol of Playboy Magazine is the rabbit. The women are called Bunnies.
    To Dave; There is an EW Photo Gallery on their front page: 40 unforgettable nude scenes. None of them would be called Porn by the average person.

    • dave

      I’m not arguing the definition of porn with you. I’m calling you a moron because you can’t understand why someone would watch this show.

      • Ben

        Dave you are a moron who obviously wants to start an argument. The program looks like a cheap attempt to be another 1960s Mad Men type show and trying to get ratings by being set in the Playboy club, and NBC can not show any nudity that Playboy is famous for. The program will no doubt fail in the ratings and fail with the critics. I doubt it will last more than a few weeks before being cancelled due to lack of interest. People watch Good drama on TV all the time, just look at the ratings for NCIS, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. This program looks like NBC grasping at straws to ratings.

  • Andrew

    I am Mormon and am proud of the fact that I am a weirdo. I would much rather be a weirdo than a pretentious, judgemental bigot.

    • LMFAO

      Cult member ^^^^

      • Andrew

        Hides behind his mom.

      • Steve

        LMFAO, seriously…that’s what you got? “Cult member”? I’m sure Andrew is skulking away licking his wounds after that scathing remark.

    • C Men

      Hey every Mormon I have ever met has been a wonderful person. But that doesn’t mean your religious beliefs aren’t whack-o.

    • emily

      andrew you guys are very judgemental and your in denial about it. example:(true story) A girls parents wouldn’t let her ride the bus because a girl who wasn’t mormon was riding the same bus. I got weird looks, people wouldn’t talk to me, and got rocks thrown at me because me and my family weren’t mormon. kids got bullied in my school because they were gay/lesbian, you people think that they choose to be gay/lesbian and they can be fixed from it. well news flash they can’t because they were born that way(pun to lady gaga not intended). but thats just the way the world is, not everyone is going to believe in the same thing, not everyone is going to like the same thing. Its called your own opionion this is mine and you can like or hate doesn’t matter. and Cmen totally agree.

      • emily

        and everyone is judgmental in some way or another even me. so get over it and let it go.

  • Sam Spade

    My God can beat up your God.

  • Tilly Webster

    The only problem I have with the original decision to not air the program is that as a consumer in Utah, I help pay the bills at KSL. They sell advertising space to fund the station (and make a profit). My money is good enough, but the fact that I would love to watch this program, but can’t. (I don’t have access to the channel that ultimately agreed to air it as I am not in the Salt Lake Valley). The Church owns the station and is, once again, imposing its view on the entire population of Utah. I’m not a fan of the Church’s views on many things, like their overpowering influence on public civil policy (marriage equality etc), but most of the people I’ve met who are mormon (including my life partner) are pretty great. Just with more could be LIKE my wife and think for themselves.

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