With the success of “Mad Men” and the return of skinny ties, TV networks are finally making a trend out of the ’60s drama. First, ABC picked up the right to use the Pan Am brand in its period drama about stewardesses (back when theywere sexy and still called stewardesses), and earlier this week Starz greenlit “Magic City,” about a glamorous hotel in 1960s Miami. And now NBC is developing a project to get on board in a sexy way:
Dubbed “Playboy” (and previously titled “Bunny Tales” [Ed. Note: woof]), project would center on a group of women working as Playboy bunnies in the New York club. That setting will be a prism for exploring the nation’s changing mores and the coming sexual revolution.
Chad Hodge (“Tru Calling”) is aboard to write the project and exec produce. Project was developed last year with a different writer. [Variety]
Hmmm. Now, I’m an unapologetic fan of the early to mid-60s, because I dig the fashion and that narrow window after the Civil Rights Act passed but before hippies became widespread. I also like women in sexy costumes. But I can’t say I have a lot of faith in this project. “From the writer of ‘Tru Calling,’ on a channel that makes lousy dramas, comes a new show that wasn’t good enough to be made last year.” Oooh, sounds awesome!