Eddie Cibrian is the ultimate playboy. At least he will be in a new NBC drama by that name, set in 1960s Chicago, replacing Hellcats' Jeff Hephner in the leading role.
Hephner landed the role last week after a marathon of auditions, but was replaced in a surprise move by Cibrian. The decision was made after the pilot’s table read.
Sources close to the show tell TV Line that Hephner, who had never played a lead on a series, was great in the tests but ultimately the part just wasn’t a good fit.
Eddie Cibrian is expected start immediately as Playboy - set at the Playboy Club in Chicago in 1963 - is slated to begin filming in the Windy City early next week.
It centers on Nick Dalton (Cibrian), described as “the ultimate playboy.” He is an attorney in Chicago and a Keyholder at the glamorous, exclusive Playboy Club.
He's also a "fixer" with mob ties. Laura Benanti, Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Leah Renee, David Krumholtz and Wes Ramsey co-star.
Cibrian was formerly on CSI: Miami, but is perhaps just as well known these days in celebrity gossip circles for his affair with LeAnn Rimes (now his fiancee).