If you've missed seeing Grant Show in a regular TV role, here's the good news: You'll be seeing the former "Melrose Place" hottie -- a lot more of him -- in CBS's sexy summer series "Swingtown," about wife-swapping couples in the 1970s.
Grant plays a shaggy-haired, mustached, married pilot who takes full advantage of the "free love" era. In fact, when we first see him, he's getting some very personal service from a stewardess, right in the cockpit. Then he takes her home to share with sex-kitten wife Trina (Lana Parrilla). Swinging '70s indeed!
The first episode, which airs June 6 at 10pm, takes place on July 2, 1976, on the eve of the Bicentennial Independence Day celebrations. A new couple (Molly Parker, Jack Davenport) has moved in across the street from the Deckers (Grant and Lana), and it's only a matter of time before the newbies are introduced to the Deckers' swinging lifestyle.
"This was before AIDS, so there wasn't that fear," notes Lana, putting the era in context. But she still expects the racy subject to outrage the morality police. "It will obviously raise some eyebrows, but, at the same time, I don't think we're exploiting any more than 'Desperate Housewives' or 'Lipstick Jungle' or any of the other shows on other networks. The sex is there, but there's a deeper element. There are familial aspects and a children's storyline. You see how they're affected by their parents' lifestyle."
Born in 1977, Lana ("Windfall") had to do research to learn about the period and the sexual revolution. She even attended an actual swingers' party. "I didn't partake," she's quick to point out. But she still found it very educational. "I felt like I was on a porno set or at an orgy. It was very uncomfortable," she confides. "But I did learn a few things, like how touchy-feely everyone is, and how everyone is a target."
"Swingtown" will of course incorporate '70s politics and pop culture, including music and fashion. "Trina does have the best wardrobe!" laughs Lana, who has her eye on borrowing a certain blue dress. "I'm waiting for a special occasion."
Are you looking forward to watching "Swingtown"?