Currently playing Red Raymond, the Lancer Lions football coach (and Sharon Leal‘s love interest) on the CW’s Hellcats, Jeff Hephner (pictured center in the above photo between Tyrell and I) has just landed the lead role of Nick Dalton (who seem essentially like the young Hugh Hefner) on the NBC “Playboy” pilot set in 1963 at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Seems meant to be considering how similar Hephner and Hefner are! He’ll be joining the already cast Amber Heard (Zombieland) and Naturi Naughton (Fame) who play the two Playboy bunnies in the new drama TV show that will give Mad Men a little competition.
The pilot recently got picked up and is being produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV and Imagine TV and written by Tru Calling‘s Chad Hodge. The script focuses on a group of women working as Playboy bunnies in the Chicago club. This is where the show will start from, as they explore the story of the nations sexual revolution.
“Playboy” will center on Nick Dalton (Hephner) who is essentially Hugh Hefner and “who is described as ‘the ultimate playboy.’ He is an attorney in Chicago and a Keyholder at the glamorous, exclusive Playboy Club. A fixer who knows how to make problems disappear, he has mysterious ties to the mob. ” Sounds like a promising show!