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Murder Brings Nick and Maureen Together on 'The Playboy Club' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:15AM
'The Playboy Club' - 'Pilot'Amid a storm of controversy based more on the name of the show and its magazine association than its content, 'The Playboy Club' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC) premiered with a mystery and a pretty damned good Jon Hamm impersonation.

It's one thing to try and capture the cool swagger of 'Mad Men's Don Draper in a show set in the same decade, but Eddie Cibrian mimicked everything from his icy cool gaze to the pitch, tone and even cadence of his speech.

If this were 'Saturday Night Live,' we'd be applauding the impression, but we're supposed to take him seriously here. Cibrian did start to find his own voice as the episode progressed, which was encouraging and far less distracting.

The mystery kicked off -- pun intended -- right away, with the accidental killing of a lecherous mob boss. The murder weapon was the high heel belonging to our protagonist, Maureen, and his death and the cover-up set off a string of events that just might make for appointment television.

It remains to be seen, though, where the writers and showrunners feel the real story is. We think it's in the mysteries and secrets the characters are hiding and less in the sex and romping around the Playboy Mansion.

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I feel bad for Eddie Cibrian but this show is not gonna make it. He's got alot of talent. This episode could have been one episode at the Playboy Club in a series (not called The Playboy Club) - the name of the show is off-putting to many who, like myself, would like to see an end to the portrayal of women as prancing ponies with no brains.

September 20 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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