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NBC picks up Chicago-set 'The Playboy Club'

NBC chose the bunny over Wonder Woman.

The network has added “The Playboy Club,” which filmed its pilot in March in Chicago, to its fall TV lineup, according to several reports. The drama is set in 1963 and centers on the opening of the first Playboy Club in Chicago.

NBC passed on “Wonder Woman,” from writer David E. Kelley and starring Adrienne Padilicki as the Amazonian super hero.

NBC won’t officially announce its fall lineup until Monday during its Upfront presentation, but I’ve got confirmation from someone at Warner Bros. Television and through an independent source that the spy comedy “Chuck” will indeed be back for 13 episodes. Always ratings starved, “Chuck” has really dropped viewers this season, sadly. But its most dedicated fans appear to have put fear into the hearts of NBC’s programmers. Cheers to them.

"Law and Order: Los Angeles," however, will not be back. Here are other pilots NBC has ordered as series, according to reports:

  • Kyle Killen’s “Inception”-like drama “Awake” (formerly called “REM”);
  • “Whitney,” a comedy created by stand-up Whitney Cummings;
  • “Prime Suspect,” the U.S. adaptation of the British crime drama that starred Helen Mirren;
  • Steven Spielberg’s musical drama “Smash,” with Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston’
  • “Up All Night,” starring Christina Applegate; 
  • The fairytale-themed “Grimm;”
  • “Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea,” adapted from Chelsea Handler’s book;
  • “Free Agents,” an adaptation of a British romantic comedy;
  • “Bent,” a romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet and David Walton; and
  • an untitled comedy from writers Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair now known as “BFF.”

I’ll have a full report after Monday’s announcements.

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