*Turns out “The Playboy Club” wasn’t as inviting as NBC thought it would be.
The premiere bombed, according to Nielsen, attracting just five million viewers and finishing last in its timeslot.
Vanity Fair contacted a former Playboy bunny, Marilyn Miller, for her thoughts. “I’m so disappointed,” she wrote. “None of those things happened. They did a wonderful job re-creating the club physically, but everything else….”
She elaborated, “I thought it was cheap, it was degrading, it was demoralizing. It makes the Bunnies seem silly. You didn’t have time to stand around and flirt with the customers or talk to the other Bunnies or run around and get in trouble or have a smoke in the back alley. You were so busy. You worked!”
And, she concluded, “Not one Bunny I know liked the show. Everyone is hoping it gets canceled.”
The show co-stars Naturi Naughton as Brenda, the club’s first “chocolate Bunny,” and Jenifer Lewis as Pearl, the seamstress who fancies herself “mother hen” to the Bunnies.