Hugh Hefner lands in the UK to mark the launch...

Hugh Hefner lands in the UK to mark the launch of the new Playboy Club in Mayfair, which opens on June 4. (June 2, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

One of the more interesting fall series announced last month is NBC's "Playboy Club." The early-1960s drama stars Eddie Cibrian ("Third Watch") as a Chicago high roller with shady connections who does business at the titular establishment. Hugh Hefner and his empire have previously figured in several other TV projects, such as these five:


1. PLAYBOY'S PENTHOUSE (1959-60) Syndicated show set at a Chicago-based "hip" party at which Hef mingled with such guests as Lenny Bruce, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.

2. PLAYBOY AFTER DARK (1969-70) Syndicated show set at an L.A.-based "hip" party at which Hef mingled with The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Sammy Davis Jr. and others.

3. DEATH OF A CENTERFOLD: THE DOROTHY STRATTEN STORY (1980) Jamie Lee Curtis starred in this TV movie about a murdered Playboy playmate. (The same story was told in the 1983's big-screen "Star 80" with Mariel Hemingway as Stratten.)

4. A BUNNY'S TALE (1985) TV movie based on a 1960s magazine article by Gloria Steinem (before she became famous as a feminist writer and spokeswoman) in which she went undercover as a Playboy Club bunny. Kirstie Alley played Steinem.

5. THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR (2005-) E! reality series focusing on the lives of the young women who live with Hef at the Playboy Mansion.

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