A&E’S GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES “SECRETS OF PLAYBOY” RETURNS FOR SEASON 2 TO FURTHER EXPLORE THE COMPLEX DYNAMICS OF BEING INVOLVED IN THE PLAYBOY WORLD BEGINNING JULY 10 AT 9PM
NETWORK EXPANDS THE ‘SECRETS OF’ FRANCHISE WITH ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARY EVENTS “SECRETS OF MISS AMERICA,” AND “SECRETS OF PENTHOUSE” ALSO PREMIERING THIS SUMMER
New York, NY – June 8, 2023 – This summer, A&E Network expands its “Secrets Of” franchise with the return of 2022’s #1 new non-fiction cable series* “Secrets of Playboy” and the premieres of new documentary events “Secrets of Miss America,” and “Secrets of Penthouse.” Through in-depth interviews with insiders on all levels, rare archival footage, and exclusive content, series under the “Secrets Of” banner delve into complex worlds through a modern-day lens that examines how these brands, organizations, and figures have molded our culture’s view of power and sexuality.
“Season 1 of ‘Secrets of Playboy’ showcased A&E’s best-in-class storytelling, drawing back the curtain and taking an unflinching look at the ugly truths behind a shiny exterior,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E. “We are honored to continue this brave work with Season 2, hearing from new voices and points of view, while also expanding our ‘Secrets Of’ franchise to further dive into unexamined worlds and shine a light on complex and difficult dynamics and legacies.”
“Secrets of Playboy”— Season 2 Premieres Monday, July 10 at 9pm ET/PT
“Secrets of Playboy” unravels the glamourous mythology behind the Playboy empire and examines the far-reaching consequences of association with the brand. Reaching 18 million Total Viewers**, season 1 changed the cultural conversation around the iconic brand and its founder Hugh Hefner with shocking revelations of institutional abuse and violence dating back over five decades. Over the course of eight hours, season 2 expands the series’ focus and examines the ripple effect of being involved with Playboy, exposing the blast zone, and showing how the Playboy experience continued to affect women’s lives long after they finished posing for the magazine. Featuring new never-before-seen interviews with former Playmates and Playboy models, girlfriends of Hefner’s, and three episodes hosted by investigative journalist and former Playboy cover model Lisa Guerrero, the series broadens its lens and examines how the Playboy’s promise of sexual freedom posed a more complex reality in the outside world for the women who represented it.
“Secrets of Miss America”— New Series Premieres Monday, July 10 at 10pm ET/PT
Four-hour limited series “Secrets of Miss America” delves into the long-kept secrets of America’s oldest beauty pageant, exposing the shocking scandals at its core. A cultural event once viewed by 80 million people a year, the pageant now struggles to stay relevant to a new generation of Americans whose views on beauty and sexual politics have changed drastically over the past few decades. The special analyzes whistle blower leaked emails in 2017 exposing misogyny within the Board of Directors, claims of racism in the pageant’s history, the topic of mental health surrounding the competition and the banning of the controversial swimsuit competition. Told by pageant insiders including more than 20 former Miss Americas telling their stories in one documentary for the first time, whistleblowers, contemporary contestants, executives and critics, viewers get a glimpse at the cost of wearing the crown and sash and how pageant culture perpetuated racism, bullying, body shaming, and much more.
“Secrets of Penthouse”— New Limited Series Premieres Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22 at 9pm ET/PT
The four-episode limited series “Secrets of Penthouse” reveals the extraordinary story behind the rise and fall of Bob Guccione, at his height one of the wealthiest men in America, who made millions with Penthouse Magazine by taking on Playboy and pushing the world of adult entertainment further than ever before. When Bob Guccione died in 2010, he had lost his entire fortune. Now, with access inside the family and to those who knew him best, many of whom have never spoken before, this series reveals the truth about Bob Guccione and explores the impact he had on those closest to him.
“Secrets of Playboy” is produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), a part of Sony Pictures Television, for A&E Network. IPC’s Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Devon Graham-Hammonds, Rebekah Fry, and Matt Shanfield serve as executive producers with director and executive producer Domini Hofmann. Cristina Bishai serves as co-executive producer. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Secrets of Playboy.”
“Secrets of Miss America” is produced by MGM Alternative and Lightbox for A&E Network. Serving as Executive Producers for MGM are Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Richard Bedser and Ailsa Orr. Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Suzanne Lavery are Executive Producers for Lightbox. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Secrets of Miss America.”
“Secrets of Penthouse” is produced by Curious Films for A&E Network. Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman serve as executive producers for Curious Films. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Secrets of Penthouse.”
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* Source: Nielsen, L+SD, Total Viewers, Cal Year 2022, excludes mini-series
**Source: Source: Nielsen Live+3, Total Viewers, SOP Season 1 & Specials across Total Day Prems/Rpts (103 telecasts): 1/24-4/010/22; Reach based on 6 min qualifier