Parents Television Council Up-in-Arms Over NBC’s ‘The Playboy Club’

Organization’s latest moral crusade targets the upcoming NBC drama, blames Playboy for damaging the American family

Obviously the Parents Television Council doesn’t read the articles.

The advocacy group is condemning NBC for its upcoming drama “The Playboy Club,” putting pressure on local stations across the country to refuse its airing.

The series, set in 1960s Chicago, stars Eddie Cibrian as Nick, a lawyer who frequents the titular establishment and soon finds his life entangled with that of Playboy bunny Maureen (played by Amber Heard.)

Citing statistics that 200,000 Americans are “porn addicts,” and 56 percent of divorce cases can be blamed not on lack of love but on “one person” having "obsessive interest" in pornography, the PTC blames Playboy, and NBC for supporting it, for the demise of the American family.

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This is not the first time NBC has received flack for “The Playboy Club.” Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV, owned by Deseret Media — which is itself owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – announced mid-June that it was declining to run the series because it “conflicts with the station's values.” My Network TV affiliate KMYU has picked up the series later in the month.

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"The Playboy brand is known internationally," KSL President and CEO Mark Willes said at the time. "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."

The PTC claims that NBC affiliates wrote them several “canned responses” to previous pleas, calling the show “a sophisticated series about the transitional times of the early 1960s and the complex lives of a group of working-class women.”

The show is slated to debut on Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m.