When ABC airs "A Bunny's Tale" at 9 tonight, the network will include a disclaimer saying that the TV movie, based on feminist Gloria Steinem's article about her experiences posing as a Playboy Club cocktail waitress in 1963, is a "dramatization."
ABC said that the advisory isn't running because of any complaint by Hugh Hefner, head of the Playboy empire, or because of the recent controversy over so-called "docudramas," such as CBS' "The Atlanta Child Murders," which meld fact with fiction.
CBS agreed to precede its "Murders" docudrama with an advisory after protests by Atlanta civic and business leaders. That advisory said in part that the program "is not a documentary, but a drama based on certain facts surrounding the murder and disappearance of children in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981," and that some of its "events and characters are fictionalized for dramatic purposes."
Tom Mackin, an ABC spokesman in New York, said that the ABC dramatization advisory "was planned early on" and did not result from the recent controversy over docudramas. "We've done it many times before," he said.