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Fall TV sneak peek: NBC's 'The Playboy Club'

NBC has picked up "The Playboy Club" for its fall 2011 schedule. The drama is set in 1960s Chicago at the first Playboy-themed club.

In NBC's answer to 1960s drama "Mad Men," Eddie Cibrian plays Nick Dalton, a well-connected attorney who has ties to the mob. He leverages those ties when Playboy bunny Maureen (Amber Heard) accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family.

The pilot for "The Playboy Club" was filmed in March at the old Meigs Terminal on Northerly Island. Although NBC has not confirmed that the series will shoot in the Windy City, the Betsy Steinberg, managing director of the Illinois Film Office, told the Tribune that it will be filming here: "I can tell you definitively that they told me they will be shooting in Chicago."

NBC supplied this clip from the pilot, and the full description of the show below.

THE PLAYBOY CLUB
From Academy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer, "The Playboy Club" is a provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture. It's the early '60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies—and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade's biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers. Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, "CSI: Miam") is one of the city's top attorneys and the ultimate playboy, rubbing elbows with everyone in the city's power structure. With mysterious ties to the mob, Nick comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard, "Zombieland"), the stunning and innocent new bunny who accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti, "Take the Lead"), a bombshell and established star at the club who knows her days as a bunny are numbered and finds herself continually at odds with Billy (David Krumholtz, "Numb3rs"), the club's general manager. Adding to the charm of the Playboy club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum, "American Virgin"), the carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey, "CSI: Miami"), an overly protective bartender. Also starring are Naturi Naughton ("Fame") and Leah Renee ("True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet"). In addition to Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "American Gangster"), the executive producers on "The Playboy Club" include Chad Hodge ("Tru Calling"), Francie Calfo ("Scoundrels"), Jason Burns ("The House Bunny") and Dick Rosenzweig ("Kendra"). Hodge also wrote the pilot, which was directed by Alan Taylor ("Mad Men," "The Sopranos"). The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television.

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