By Tim O'Brien
As we wind down Sweeps Month and the TV season, let's take a breather. OK, we are done. Now it's time for those Emmy voters to get ready to start that process with the always uttered "For Your Consideration."
Meanwhile, the dust has settle on the TV Upfronts. For this area, as far as television work is concerned, two options come to mind right now. They are "The Playboy Club" and "Powers." Wait, throw in "Boss" as well.
- "The Playboy Club" is a "Mad Men" style show set in Chicago in the 1960s. It was picked up by
NBC. Ongoing since it was picked up.
- "Powers" stars Charles S. Dutton, who deals with the supernatural in his homicide investigations. It is set for FX. It begins production in June.
- "Boss" stars Kelsey Grammer, who has played the same character on TV the longest. That would be Frasier Crane. This time he is a Chicago mayor who may be at the outset of a mental illness. The show is set as
an 8-part series. "Boss" films through July 31
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So, will some who hated Michael Steele, now like him as he signs with MSNBC???
5.12.11 - As news of the studio expansion was hitting in Chicago (we had it right here), word also came in that one production that was using that studio, was not renewed. "The Chicago Code" starring Jennifer Beals will not be around for a sophomore season on FOX this fall. It is too bad because after a slow start, the show built and developed the characters past the point of no return. It was gritty and was starting to shine. Another reason is jobs. But now, NBC has announced the arrival of "The Playboy Club," a series that has already has faced opposition.
The Chicago-based project is set like a "Mad Men" style show for the popular club in the 1960s. The pilot was filmed in Chicago in March and now should bring steady business for a little while. Controversy has already risen because it plans on focusing on the bunny scene and the ups and down of that business.