Fall Entertainment Guide 2011

NBC’s ‘Playboy Club’ Is Too Risque For Mormon Families, Not Risque Enough For Everyone Else

Monday, June 13 by

Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV might be missing the point a little bit. The affiliate, which is controlled by the Mormon church, has decided that they won’t be airing “The Playboy Club,” NBC’s upcoming fictionalized account of the goings on of the 1960’s Chicago club. The show stars Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian.

In their explanation, the head of the CEO of KSL-TV, Mark Willes said, “Everyone is clear what it stands for. We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand.” Well, a lot of other affiliates would claim that decomposing bodies in dumpsters isn’t exactly consistent with their brand, but they air “CSI” because, you know, it’s fiction.

NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt tried to assuage the fears of affiliates at upfronts, by promising the show was “tame compared to what you’d see on’Jersey Shore,” and in doing so, probably turned off everyone else in the nation that doesn’t live in Utah.

The Playboy Club” will air at 10 PM EST starting in September. Except in Salt Lake City, where it will air at never.

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