Hit: The hype surrounding NBC's 'The Playboy Club'

<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/the-playboy-club/"> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000943" title="The Playboy Club (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/the-playboy-club-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000943.topic">"The Playboy Club,"</a> </a> debuting later this month, has already stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy, the kind that could easily be parlayed into a ratings bonanza. The provocative new series focuses on, as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP004494" title="NBC" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/nbc-ORCRP004494.topic">NBC</a> puts it, "the seductive world of the Bunny, the epitome of beauty and service," where the ladies will "rub shoulders with the decade's biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers." Activist <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001903" title="Gloria Steinem" href="/topic/arts-culture/gloria-steinem-PEHST001903.topic">Gloria Steinem</a> is calling for a boycott of the show. "I can't imagine the show will be anything like the real Playboy clubs," Steinem told The Times. "Hefner is always trying to make himself and the clubs seem glamorous instead of tacky." The upcoming drama revolving around a Chicago branch of Hefner's club will also not air on KSL-TV, the network's Salt Lake City affiliate.

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"The Playboy Club," debuting later this month, has already stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy, the kind that could easily be parlayed into a ratings bonanza. The provocative new series focuses on, as NBC puts it, "the seductive world of the Bunny, the epitome of beauty and service," where the ladies will "rub shoulders with the decade's biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers." Activist Gloria Steinem is calling for a boycott of the show. "I can't imagine the show will be anything like the real Playboy clubs," Steinem told The Times. "Hefner is always trying to make himself and the clubs seem glamorous instead of tacky." The upcoming drama revolving around a Chicago branch of Hefner's club will also not air on KSL-TV, the network's Salt Lake City affiliate.

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