posted a breathless story this week that the drama "Playboy" may include the prospect of nudity.
The entire story was based upon a clause in the actors' contract stating, "Nudity as defined above and/or simulated sex acts may be required in connection with player's services in the pilot and/or series."
From this, the trade gleans the completed speculated idea that 20th Century Fox TV might shoot a racier version of "Playboy" to air internationally, since clearly no nudity is sneaking onto NBC, even in the 10 p.m. hour.
There are a few problems with the Variety story: First, "Playboy" is just a pilot, one of dozens NBC will be looking at in the weeks to come. And even Variety has sources saying no nudity was shot for the pilot, even for that hypothetical international or DVD release. The trade also acknowledges that just because the contract says something about nudity doesn't mean that any of the show's stars would be forced to do nudity if asked.
The article continues by hypothetical-izing that this might also give NBC leeway to push some boundaries "NYPD Blue"-style to get publicity. But that's also entirely speculative.
So really, all the article is saying is that the actors in "Playboy" have a contractual clause that doesn't preclude something that isn't planned.
Basically, everybody wants the excuse to write stories with "Nudity" and "Playboy" in the headline and "Amber Heard" tossed in the mix as well.
And we're perfectly happy to follow suit.