NBC Affiliates Pressured to Dump ‘The Playboy Club’

Jul 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Pressure continues to be applied to NBC and its affiliates over a show that some activists say will glamorize pornography, B&C reports.

The watchdog group Parents Television Council has sent letters to every NBC affiliate asking the stations to drop the upcoming fall drama "The Playboy Club," according to the story. The series is set at a Playboy Club of the 1960s.

Tim Winter, the group’s president, is arguing that the show puts a "veneer of sophistication" on the pornography industry, the story says.

"I am writing to urge you, on behalf of the Parents Television Council’s 1.3 million members, to pre-empt the program in your community," he wrote to the stations.

Supporters who have contacted stations received what he called "canned responses," describing the show as a "a sophisticated series about the transitional times of the early 1960s and the complex lives of a group of working-class women."

NBC said it had no comment beyond that statement, the story adds.

The PTC is urging members to file complaints with the FCC if the stations air the program and if anything indecent is shown, Winter said.

The PTC isn’t the only group to protest the show. As previously reported, advocacy groups Morality in Media and Pink Cross, a nonprofit that offers support to adult industry workers, started campaigns to urge a boycott of advertisers and to get supporters to sign a petition against the show.


  1. Turn the channel! By today’s “standards,” “Playboy” is hardly “pornographic.” Get a clue people! This IS 2011. Your form of “Christianity” makes me sick….

  2. If these groups say the show should be embargoed, then as far as I’m concerned, this is Must See TV!
    Who do these people think they are that they should decide for everyone what should or shouldn’t be aired? PTC: God gave you two devices to make sure YOU would never have to watch something YOU would consider objectionable: a channel selector and an off switch. Use one of those, shut up, and leave the rest of us alone.

  3. Personally, I agree with both previous statements.
    Having written that, I will go on to write that NBC “management” made a flawed decision to order this show for their network.
    The reality of today’s culture, crass as much of it has become, still “see’s” productions of this nature belonging on cable.
    So, as P.T. Barnum said all those years ago, “…play to your audience”.
    Playboy is not the Peacock’s audience, despite the low brow, titilating fare showing up more and more on broadcast networks.
    Now, where’s my OFF button?
    Peter Bright

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