‘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.
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.