Stars: Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton, Eddie Cibrian, Laura Benanti, David Krumholtz, Jenna Dewan, Leah Renee, Sean Maher
Premiere Date: September 19
Why we’re excited: Have a look at the photo above and take a wild guess. NBC’s The Playboy Club is this season’s closest equivalent to a Hooters restaurant: We’ll sample the menu (in this case, drama set in 1963 inside Chicago’s inaugural, Hugh Hefner-backed club), but, really, we’ll be more focused on the, um, scenery.
Not much is known about the show’s plot, other than its inspection of the club’s inner workings, particularly the comings and goings of new Bunny hire Maureen (Amber Heard), preferred customer Nick (Eddie Cibrian), and Brenda (Naturi Naughton), who’s intent on becoming Playboy’s first-ever black Playmate. As long as Heard, Naughton, and the rest of the curvy female cast remain in those outfits, The Playboy Club promises to be the season’s sexiest hour, even if the characters end up being less-dimensional than The Girls Next Door.
14. The Playboy Club