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NBC’s ‘Playboy’ Pilot Casts Two Bunnies

Nellie Andreeva

Amber Heard (Zombieland) and Naturi Naughton (Fame) are set as leads in the NBC drama pilot Playboy. The project, from 20th TV/Imagine TV, is set at the Playboy Club in Chicago in 1963. CAA-repped Heard, who had been in talks for the project, will play Maureen, a new hire at the club, originally an orphan from Fort Wayne, an inquisitive young woman with an untethered sexuality and a dark past. Naughton, repped by Innovative and Luber Roklin, will play Brenda, a stunning African-American Bunny determined to become the first black Playboy centerfold who is Maureen’s confidante and roommate in the Bunny Dormitory. Interestingly, she also played a 1960s Black Playboy bunny in the Hands and Knees episode of Mad Men last year. Alan Taylor, who directed the pilot for AMC’s Mad Men, is directing Playboy from a script by Chad Hodge.

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Amber Heard In Talks For NBC’s ‘Playboy’

Nellie Andreeva

Amber Heard (Zombieland) is in talks for a lead role on the NBC drama pilot Playboy. The project, from 20th TV/Imagine TV, is set at the Playboy Club in Chicago in 1963. Heard would play a new hire at the club, originally an orphan from Fort Wayne, an inquisitive young woman with an untethered sexuality and a dark past. Alan Taylor, who directed the pilot for AMC’s Mad Men, is directing Playboy from a script by Chad Hodge.

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Several Broadcast Pilots Book Directors

Nellie Andreeva

Alan Taylor, who won an Emmy for The Sopranos, has come on board to direct NBC’s drama pilot Playboy. The project, from 20th TV, Imagine TV and writer Chad Hodge, is set at a Chicago Playboy club in the 1960s. Taylor knows a thing or two about setting the tone and the style of a drama series set in the 1960s – he also directed the pilot for AMC’s Mad Men, which earned him an Emmy nomination. Taylor has directed a total of five episodes of the acclaimed cable period drama about Don Draper & Co.

David Nutter has committed to direct CBS’ medical-family drama The Doctor from Privileged creator Rina Mimoun. The Doctor was one of 3 Warner Bros. TV-produced pilots that Nutter was considering. His decision to go with The Doctor gives the medical drama an instant boost. Nutter is currently on a pretty remarkable streak of 16 consecutive pilots he has directed that have all gone to series.

British director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) has come on board to direct Shonda Rhimes’ ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot about a professional fixer. Also at ABC, Emmy winner Yves Simoneau, who directed the pilot for the networks’ V and serves as an executive producer on the series, has signed on to direct another ABC/ABC Studios pilot, Ed Bernero’s Partners, a police drama centered on two female police detectives who are … Read More »

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