Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
This upcoming television season will also debut a bunch of shows set in the 1960’s. I’m sure this new trend is somehow a result of Mad Men‘s popularity.
- The Playboy Club will premiere on Mondays at 10pm this Fall on NBC. Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard star in a drama which “explores the lives of Playboy bunnies toiling at the Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago.”
- Pan Am will premiere on Sundays at 10pm this Fall on ABC. Christina Ricci stars in this new series which promises to be “Mad Men’s style meets Grey’s Anatomy’s entanglements in this thrilling and highly original new drama from producer Nancy Hult Ganis (a former stewardess), writer Jack Orman (ER) and director Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing).”
Watch both trailers embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
The Playboy Club Trailer:
THE PLAYBOY CLUB
An American icon is born.
It’s the early ‘60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all your fantasies… and the key is the most sought after status symbol of its time.
Step inside the seductive world of the Bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, and rub shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers (like Tina Turner and Sammy Davis, Jr.). With all these larger than life ambitions, there are even greater secrets. Like when innocent new Bunny Maureen — who wants to take the world by storm — accidentally kills one of the Windy City’s most powerful mafia bosses… and the only person capable of covering it up and protecting her is Nick Dalton, a man who once worked for the mob but is about to run for District Attorney. Bunny Alice is married but hiding an explosive personal life while Bunny Janie is running from a past that threatens to catch up with her. It seems everyone has a secret — none more so than Maureen, who may not even be the innocent orphan she appears to be. Thank goodness Hef’s Playboy Mansion is open after hours for a little R&R… and burying your past.
From Academy Award®-winning executive producer Brian Grazer, executive producer Chad Hodge (Tru Calling) and director Alan Taylor (Mad Men) comes a provocative new series about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary created an empire, and an icon changed American culture.
Welcome to the Jet Age. It’s 1963 and the whole world is on the brink of a cultural revolution. WWII is history, the Cold War is just getting warmed up and big changes are in the air.
In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury, and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are glamorous, the pilots are rock stars and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world. Not only are these flyboys and girls young and good looking; to represent Pan Am, they also have to be educated, cultured and refined. They’re trained to handle everything from in-air emergencies to unwanted advances – all without rumpling their pristine uniforms or mussing their hair. There’s Dean (Jonah Lotan) – a cocky and ambitious new pilot, the first of a new breed not trained in the war. Against company policy, he’s dating Bridget, a motherly beauty with a mysterious past. Rebellious bohemian Maggie (Christina Ricci) buttons up for work so she can see the world. Rounding out the crew is flirtatious Colette (Karine Vanasse), the adventurous Kate (Kelli Garner) and finally there’s Laura (Margot Robbie) – Kate’s beauty queen sister who recently fled a life of domestic boredom to take to the skies.
Passion, jealousy, espionage. They do it all and they do it at 30,000 feet. Mad Men’s style meets Grey’s Anatomy’s entanglements in this thrilling and highly original new drama from producer Nancy Hult Ganis (a former stewardess), writer Jack Orman (ER) and director Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing).