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NBC Responds to Controversy Over ‘The Playboy Club’

Aug 2, 2011  •  Post A Comment

NBC is defending "The Playboy Club" against critics who have complained that the show is inappropriate for children and demeaning for women, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.

NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt called the show a "fun soap," the story says. “What it has going for it is a recognizable brand that’s automatically going to draw attention to it, good or bad,” Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It’s a really fun soap with a crime element. and I think it’s the right kind of thing for us to try.”

Greenblatt said he "wasn’t completely surprised" that NBC’s Salt Lake City affiliate dropped plans to air the show.

"The Playboy Club" producers also defended the show, with producer Ian Biederman saying the club was empowering for the women who worked there.

"The women had the power,” said executive producer Chad Hodge, the story notes.

As previously reported, pressure continues to be applied to NBC and its affiliates over the program, with watchdog group the Parents Television Council sending letters to affiliates to ask the stations to drop the drama.

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