"The Playboy Club"
Monday, 10 p.m. on NBC
Hardcore fans of "Mad Men" will resent Eddie Cibrian for his Don Draper impression in NBC's new 1960s drama. But I don't mind it. "Playboy Club" isn't in the same zip code as "Mad Men" as far as quality, but I do like it more than the other show it's constantly compared to: ABC's own retro offering, "Pan Am" (more on that show later this week).
Cibrian is Nick Dalton, a bigshot attorney in Chicago who spends his free time carousing with bunnies at the legendary Playboy Club. It's 1960s Chicago, so not only are there lots of frolicking Bunnies (and even glimpses of Hef at the Playboy Mansion), but dangerous gangsters also figure prominently in storylines. There's also a little social and political unrest thrown in for good measure. And for what it's worth, despite the provocative title and subject manner, the vibe in the pilot is pretty innocent, especially by today's standards. There's lots of innuendo, but it's far tamer than many other 10 p.m. dramas. Amber Heard is the other star of the show, playing a new Bunny in town who gets into serious trouble her first night on the job. Dalton comes to her rescue and the two are then bound together by a dangerous secret.