Fall's First Cancellation: NBC Axes Playboy Club

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Trivial Pursuit enthusiasts, take note: The first official cancellation of the 2011-12 TV season is… NBC’s The Playboy Club!

The Peacock net announced Monday that it was pulling the low-rated, period drama off the air after three low-rated episodes.

Prime Suspect repeats will take over the Monday at 10 pm perch until Rock Center with Brian Williams debuts on Oct. 31.

NBC Orders Full Seasons of Up All Night and Whitney

This drama, starring Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard, chronicled the goings-on at the infamous Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago. New NBC president Robert Greenblatt put a ton of promotional muscle behind the show, but audiences remained uninterested. Last night’s final broadcast averaged just over 3 million viewers.

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Comments (244)

  • Unsurprising. Eddie Cibrian is the kiss of death.

    Comment by sarah – October 4, 2011 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So NBC puts a show about Playboy Bunnies on after a compition show of gay singers, and against Monday night Football, and then wonders why no guys watched. Way to know your target audience NBC.

      Comment by Saline – October 4, 2011 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you! It’s a good show, obviously NBC didn’t put as much “effort” into it as they could have. NBC was clearly not trying hard enough to get it the ratings it deserved.

        Comment by CA – October 4, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i enjoy the playboy club I have been looking for it every week come on it was good and so much fun looking at that eye candy eddie WOW you cut it quick

          Comment by dlr – October 17, 2011 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I thought the show was good and very interesting and I too have been searching high and low for it. I hope they put it back on!!!

          Comment by Cee Evans – October 26, 2011 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • The show was great and it was very different from the other crap NBC had on. Unfortunately they pitted it against other prime time shows, and they didn’t advertise it much either. I love Eddie and it was too bad for his career. I hope they put the rest of the season on DVD.

            Comment by Shirley – November 1, 2011 09:18 AM PDT  
      • Did you watch the show at all? It was a soap opera, with storylines aimed squarely at a female demographic.

        And you seriously think everyone on The Sing Off is gay? Seriously, get an education.

        Comment by r0ckmypatns – October 4, 2011 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • storylines aimed squarely at a female demographic? This female would disagree.

          Comment by LMG – October 4, 2011 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Hence why is got cancelled. You guys just proved it.

            Comment by Taylor Geary – October 4, 2011 03:05 PM PDT  
      • Wow!!! Way to look ignorant. Just because people sing, they’re gay now? Just….wow.

        Comment by Taylor – October 4, 2011 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Why would guys watch a show about what was “spicy” in the 60′s; their grandparents era? Why did NBC think Playboy was edgy; the company is what, 50 years old? Not exactly hip anymore, more like broken hip.

        Comment by Plum – October 4, 2011 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • How spicy can it get on over the air TV? Besides TV is always bring back old shows again. Hawaii Five-O, Charlies Angels, heck all these talent shows are just the Ted Mack Amateur Hour redone.

          Comment by Gregg – October 9, 2011 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • why wouldn’t they like it. sexy girls, conspiracy, the mob, etc. that stuff is entertaining. i mean if it was good back then why wouldn’t it be good now?

          Comment by smd – October 23, 2011 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Really you had to use a slur to describe a show. WOW big brains on you.

        Comment by Lisa Lafayette – October 4, 2011 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that’s funny, i just said the same thing in response to this on FB before I saw your post……i had said i called this cancelation last spring when Auselio sent us the links to the new pilot pick ups……lol great minds think alike, lol

      Comment by tory – October 4, 2011 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree. Why does this guy keep getting work?

      Comment by Mika – October 4, 2011 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Have you seen those dimples? TV stardom is about the looks. He won’t be winning Emmys, but he will get lots of press and buzz based on his looks so he’ll always be employable in television.

        Comment by dan – October 4, 2011 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Besides the ratings..networks also figure in if a show is over budget and if the crew works well. This show might have just been bad all around.

      Comment by zoot – October 4, 2011 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No. It was a good show, how would you know, did you even watch it?

        Comment by Nathan Sorge – October 15, 2011 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I tried it on the 1st night and unlike TerraNova it was so bad that there was a need to change the channel and never go back. I would have liked a Mad Men spinoff, but instead the audience was greated with a shoe to the throat and an attempted rape.
      Just goes to show how important 1st impressions really are.
      Sort of a shame because I like the male leads and would have tried it if not for the violence in that 1st episode.

      Comment by Joseph – October 4, 2011 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree that first impressions are important. It was ridiculous having a bunny kill a mobster with her shoe in the first episode, or at all. It could have been interesting following this segment of time and what the early bunnies lives were like and their place in society and all that good stuff!

        Comment by DD – October 4, 2011 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree. It had a lot of potential but didn’t take us where I thought it would.

        Comment by Tia – October 4, 2011 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh, but all the violence in all of the other shows are okay?

        Comment by Nathan Sorge – October 15, 2011 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was my exact thought when I heard he was starring in a new series. He was great in Third Watch but after the affair I don’t think it is going to matter to viewers what show he is in. CSI Miami was very short lived as well. Sad but true. Kiss of death.

      Comment by Kim R – October 4, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Event had more viewers than this crappy show and look what happened … NC THIS HAPPENED CAUSE U CANCELLED THE EVENT KARMA IS A BITCH

      Comment by shelley – October 4, 2011 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I can’t stomach Eddie Cibrian. Just seeing his name makes me feel nauseated. Love David Krumholtz, though, so I hope he gets another show next season.

      Comment by Musica1 – October 5, 2011 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They need to scrap all the new shows introduced this Fall and replace them with new and repeats of My Name is Earl.

      Comment by Steve – October 6, 2011 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I really liked the show myself! And he is pretty sweet eye candy! It’s tough to compete with Monday Night Football, however! I will miss it! :(

      Comment by M.A. – October 9, 2011 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, at least they gave it 3 episodes, I guess. (I can’t say that I cared since I wasn’t watching it, either.)

    Comment by Beth – October 4, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why!! it was getting good

    Comment by Amanda – October 4, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I liked it too. Oh well.

      Comment by Snapy – October 4, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Par for the course, never give a show a decent chance we just may be one of the 3 million that liked it.

        Comment by Pat – October 4, 2011 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought it was really good and was looking forward to the next episode :(

      Comment by Chele – October 4, 2011 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NBC always cancels shows with great potential. (Life, Studio 60) They get these great concept shows, and it seems they just don’t know how to properly place them on the schedule and promote them accurately.

      Going by the promotion, I’d have been stuck guessing this show was a T&A fest with no story, not a rough-around-the-edges look at 60s Chicago, full of mob-tied politicians and girls with twisty pasts. Honestly, had they changed out the main actor (Eddie Cibrian is just too… something) they could’ve put this on AMC and probably gotten critical acclaim, had they positioned it properly with Mad Men.

      We’ll see how the other “period piece” Pan Am fares. It’s got a lot of potential, and again, is a show that is taking a far more interesting path than the one we were initially presented in promotions.

      Comment by Matt – October 5, 2011 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well. Can’t say I didn’t see that coming. But it was actually decent.

    Comment by Esaul – October 4, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No me gusta. At all. How did Whitney get renewed and TPC get cancelled? I just don’t get it.

    Comment by cc – October 4, 2011 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Honestly, the quality of Whitney is so crappy.. but ratings speak louder than content.

      Comment by Damon – October 4, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • OF COURSE ratings speak louder than content. The whole point of commercial television is to sell advertising time.

        The HBO model is different, because subscribers pay for commercial-free content, but the networks exist so that we know which ed cures and antidepressants to buy.

        I don’t think three episodes is nearly enough to gauge a show, but these are the times we live in.

        Comment by Guy Larrivee – October 4, 2011 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, sure, but when ratings + content are both not great, then you are really doomed.

        Comment by Ben – October 4, 2011 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well if you’re talking just from a ratings standpoint, I think it makes perfect sense.
      On the plus side, Up All Night got a full season order!

      Comment by Alex – October 4, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah really:|

      Comment by Aria – October 4, 2011 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly! And how is CBS at the top of the ratings each week? One of life’e great cruelties.

      Comment by CA – October 4, 2011 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Because they actually have quality shows unlike popular belief.

        Comment by Sally – October 4, 2011 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • they do have quality procedurals like the csi franchise, the ncis franchise, criminal minds etc…

          Comment by melanie – October 5, 2011 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Everyone is sick and tired of crime shows, its the same thing over and over with new characters

            Comment by Nathan Sorge – October 15, 2011 11:59 AM PDT  
    • My thoughts exactly. Whitney is horrible. Playboy is actually pretty good.

      Comment by babygate – October 4, 2011 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thought Whitney would have been first. She just makes me want to puke

    Comment by Marc – October 4, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. And it’s already renewed. How is that possible?

      Comment by Jules – October 4, 2011 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It got a full season order, not a renewal.

        Comment by DL – October 4, 2011 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now if they’d do one more smart thing, bring back Chuck for a full season order. With the exception of Chuck and Community, NBC sucks

    Comment by Sarah – October 4, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree on Chuck! Best show they’ve got

      Comment by Kintyre – October 4, 2011 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, just give it a back 9 and bring it to 100. Let them have an 100th episode farwell party. I’d love that news so much, and Chuck would deserve it.

      Of course, their planning up to an ending is probably at an advanced stage now, so it might not all be as good as we hope. I’d only want to see it if it didn’t mess with getting a nice ending.

      Comment by Ben – October 4, 2011 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad. It was such a nice, easy-going show! :(

    TPC’s biggest problem: NBC. Period.

    Comment by Sheldon – October 4, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man! I knew it would be, but it was so good! This is my least favorite part of premiere season

    Comment by JK – October 4, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My least favorite too. If they are willing to invest in the show it should get a designated number of episodes (like 13 or at least 6). This is why the viewing public gets SOOOOOOOO mad at the networks. Shows need some time to find their footing and to find an audience. Its a shame! After a so-so pilot it was starting to get really good.

      Comment by elr – October 4, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Quick, name me 5 shows that started with ratings like Playboy Club and then actually built an audience. Actually… name me one!

        Comment by Ben – October 4, 2011 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Just one? The Seinfeld Chronicles.

          It did so badly that NBC offered to sell the show to Fox and Fox didn’t want it. It didn’t break the top 50 shows until season 3.

          Comment by Gavin – October 4, 2011 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Disclaimer: The Playboy Club was not Seinfeld!! I don’t know anybody who wanted to watch the Playboy Club. Many Women don’t like the “playboy brand” because they consider it sexist at it’s very core and many guys don’t want to watch some “fruity 60′s soap opera” I’m not sure what their target audience is or why Pan Am was made for the same audience.

            Comment by Gavin – October 4, 2011 03:23 PM PDT  
          • The Seinfeld Chronicles.

            “When first broadcast, the pilot was watched by nearly 11% of American households.”

            That isn’t poor ratings. Poor intial focus group reactions that led to a very limited first season? Sure. A network that didn’t have faith? Sure. But plenty of eyes watching.

            Comment by Ben – October 4, 2011 05:29 PM PDT  
          • Thats what happens when networks are so desperate to try to get a piece of ratings from taking simple concepts from succeeding shows like Mad Men . It takes a little more then being based in the same time period to counter good writing and backing from HBO and other networks that can handle bad content.

            Comment by smartman – December 5, 2011 09:14 AM PDT  
        • I know several shows that have doubled their ratings from beginning to highest ratings. X Files, NCIS,to name two. That still wouldn’t make TPC a huge hit, but would make it a moderate success. I think the problem was that their wasn’t an automatic audience for it. A lot of people who might have watched it were turned off by the name of Playboy in the title.

          Comment by Musica1 – October 5, 2011 01:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Star Trek did’t do all that great at first, and then look what happened.

          Comment by Terry Cubeddu – October 27, 2011 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The problem isn’t just that the ratings weren’t very high. The bigger issue is how many viewers it lost. If people tune in one week and are like “Yikes.” and then don’t tune in the next week, or the week after, chances are those viewers are not coming back. I agree, in theory, networks should give shows more time to grow, but this cancellation was actually warranted.

        Comment by Hols – October 5, 2011 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Parents Television Council misled me. I watched the Playboy Club for the pornography they told me about. But the show was all about organized crime and local politics. You lied to me PTC!

    Comment by JC – October 4, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahaha You think they would have gotten more ratings from people like you!

      Comment by CA – October 4, 2011 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Those are exactly the people it lost after the first week. People thought with the name playboy in the title, it would be a sleazy show, but it wasn’t. At least there are a lot of shows on tv with a ton more sexual content. (the secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, for instance.)So people tuning in for the Playboy name didn’t get what they were looking for and stopped watching. People who otherwise might have enjoyed the show DIDN’T tune in because it had. Playboy in the title. Badly named in other words.

        Comment by Musica1 – October 5, 2011 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC has some screwy mathematics surrounding their renewals. Whitney is so terrible, like so terrible I can’t even see ads for it without cringing and it was picked up. I wasn’t a huge fan of TPC but it wasn’t so bad as Whitney.

    Comment by Aura Lee – October 4, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Considering Whitney is one of their better performing shows – ratings-wise not creatively – I’d say their math isn’t screwy at all. If anything, this is a purely mathematical decision.

      Comment by Tucker – October 4, 2011 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Whitney is performing better than Up All Night and TPC. The other shows might be better quality but apparently more people are watching Whitney.

      Comment by lacey – October 4, 2011 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • so people still want to wa&tch comedies that potray this image of couple: the woman is bossy and the man is laid back… it’s starting to get boring!

        Comment by melanie – October 5, 2011 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I guess since that’s the ONLY show I watched on NBC, I guess that’s it for me and NBC! (I do watch Chuck, but they are scrapping that this season!)

    Comment by Lisa – October 4, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I see these same comments about NBC every year.

      Comment by Ben – October 4, 2011 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After 3 episodes! See this is why nobody watches network tv!

    Comment by Katie – October 4, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Far less tragic than last year’s first casualty, Lone Star.
    It’s not like there’s really a shortage of 60s period dramas right now anyhow…

    Comment by Alex – October 4, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I get tired of the networks all jumping on the “bandwagon of the year” when a certain genre becomes a hit on cable or at the theatre. We’ve got The Playboy Club and Pan Am both looking to capitalize on the whopping success of Mad Men. Plus all the vampire/supernatural shows capitalizing on The Twilight Series! Then if that isn’t bad enough, now we’ve got a new generation remaking old series/movies (i.e. Charlies Angels, A-Team, etc) that were good back then, but not so much now! I grew up in the 60′s & 70′s and I don’t want to watch period shows – hence the reason I have never watched Mad Men.

      Comment by Linda – October 4, 2011 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Pan Am is a pretty good show, and the camera work, etc is very good. I found The Playboy Club to be almost unwatchable.

        Comment by jmk – October 4, 2011 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m going to disagree here about Pan Am’s quality. So far it’s as soap opera-esque as The Playboy Club and riddled with some overacting from the girl on the cover of Life. A few of the plotlines are hackneyed and bland (Secret agent airhostesses? Come on now!). I’ll give you the camera work, cinematography and Michael Mosely, but I would expect more out of Ricci’s performance as a somewhat seasoned actress.

          I am a big proponent of the period and so I will watch anything set then, but I do have standards. I’m a bit upset about The Playboy Club because I invested a bit more into it than Pan Am, while being unaware of the former’s dreadful ratings. I don’t quite have anything extraordinary to say about The Playboy Club, and I know there can be arguments made against it (The Mother Bunny cannot act for her life), but I do think it did an amazing job outlining the era, as Mad Men does week in week out.

          I should mention that Mad Men is currently my top favorite airing show, so I’m biased about the era more than anything.

          Comment by Vinny – October 4, 2011 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The weird thing is, though, Mad Men isn’t actually that big of a hit. It’s obviously very critically successful, but its ratings are nowhere near as high as you might think. Its fourth season finale only got a 0.8 in A18-49 and less than 2.5 million viewers. Not many people actually watch it.

        Comment by r0ckmypants – October 4, 2011 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • When you break down the demographics of Mad Men, they are remarkably successful with specific wealthy demographics. This is why you don’t see adds for Pepsi during MM, you see adds for BMW, Mercedes, and vacation in Tahiti.

          Comment by Gavin – October 4, 2011 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 2.5 million is pretty good for AMC. Especially since it was their first foray into scripted drama (I think). If Mad Men had been on NBC (as originally planned) it would have gotten the axe too, and audiences would have missed out four great seasons.

          Comment by Noelbelle – October 4, 2011 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Though it can be annoying when they jump onto bandwagons, at least it gives us a break from TV’s never ending flood of cop, lawyer, and hospital shows.

        Comment by DTgringo – October 4, 2011 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • don’t get me started… there are too many of them local cops, feds, doctors in hospital, doctors in practice etc…

          Comment by melanie – October 5, 2011 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Linda you should consider watching “Mad Men”. I agree with you it is annoying that all these 60s period shows are coming out, but Mad Men is exceptional. (Give the first season time, it starts slow).

        Network TV sucks. NBC has like 2, maybe 3 good shows.

        Comment by TVjoey – October 4, 2011 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Far less tragic than last year’s first casualty, Lone Star.
    It’s not like there’s really a shortage of 60s period dramas right now anyhow…

    Comment by Alex – October 4, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC is really stupid. This show was amazing. $%&#@ you nbc

    Comment by Jane – October 4, 2011 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly, I thought this would be a big over the summer way people on the board seem to be interested. I watch the first episode and like it, but after I seen the ratings I knew it was just a matter of time so I stopped watching it. I was afraid I would really get in to it and it would get cancelled. That is what happen with me and Eastwick a couple of seassions ago.

    Comment by NEK38583 – October 4, 2011 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Welp, that means I can safely delete the 3 unwatched episodes from my DVR now. Sad to say, I usually wait for this time (the first cancellations) before I start watching any new shows. Some might say I’m “part of the problem” but that’s ok, I’m just one person and I saved myself three hours of crummy tv watching.

    Side note: That pesky PTC is doing to take credit for this cancellation now, and I find that irksome. All they successfully did was to throw a teaspoon of water into an already sinking ship.

    Comment by RachelScribbles – October 4, 2011 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m only watching one new show this year for the same reasoning – The Secret Circle on the CW. I figured it was pretty much a keeper since it’s on the CW and right after The Vampire Diaries which is a hit for them.

      Comment by Kim – October 4, 2011 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I feel the same way. Why bother getting invested when they are going to cancel it.

      Comment by amy – October 4, 2011 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Eh, unless you have a Nielsen box, you’re not part of the problem. It’s YOUR three hours to decide how to spend, right? :)

      Comment by Brooke – October 4, 2011 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am sure this will not be the first show that will bite the dust at NBC. Seems like a pretty sound reason to give us a season six of CHUCK!!!!

    Comment by carolinagirl – October 4, 2011 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • SAVE CHUCK!!!!!

      Comment by BP – October 4, 2011 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Go Team Bartowski!!!

        Comment by Kintyre – October 4, 2011 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • JEFFSTER FOREVER!

          Comment by Alicia – October 4, 2011 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • More of CHUCK please!!! =)

      Comment by teamPH – October 5, 2011 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t they just say they weren’t going to be trigger happy with the cancellations and vowed to give the shows some time to find a proper footing? They should have toyed with the timeslot first, especially since The Sing Off is a horrible lead-in.

    Oh well. I really enjoyed the show for all 3 episodes.

    Comment by scooterbeanbag – October 4, 2011 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, the numbers for The Sing-Off went up last night while The Playboy Club went down the rabbit hole.

      Comment by vincentdante – October 4, 2011 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How did Up all Night get season pickup I tried watching this show a couple of times and it was stupid. I had high hopes for this show and it was very disappointing.

    Comment by maynepei – October 4, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! I like Christina Applegate but cannot stand Will Arnett!

      Comment by Linda – October 4, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hadn’t seen the latest episode but I will admit that I couldn’t really get into this show. There were points where I was like, “hmm” (usually when Laura Benanti or Amber Heard were on screen), but mostly it was, “how much longer until this episode ends?” I tried so hard to get into it but the only real story line I cared about (the mobster dying and the interactions between Maureen/Nick/Carol-Lynne) didn’t receive as much focus as it should have. Those three were your big stars of the show and the show should focus around them early on (with the other cast appearing the support these characters) but instead it had all these other side stories that didn’t really interest me.

    If anything was gained from this show it’ll be that it introduced me to Laura Benanti and reaffirmed why I like watching Amber Heard. I will at least keep track of these two actresses’ careers.

    Comment by Scott – October 4, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Also, I forgot to mention that I only watched this show through Hulu. It was up against Castle and Hawaii 5-0 which I already watched so I ended up having to catch this online.

      Comment by Scott – October 4, 2011 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I should have known when they didn’t show scenes from next week after last night’s episode.

    Comment by Meg – October 4, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well now I’m bummed. I was really enjoying TPC, it’s nothing like what I thought it would be based on all the hype surrounding it. I wish that more people had given it a chance, I think they would have been pleasantly surprised as I was.

    Comment by Stacey – October 4, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really annoyed that they dont give shows a chance! This was actually quite a good show!

    Comment by Brad – October 4, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am surprised they only gave it 3 episodes. I watched the first 2 & really wanted to like it. Found I lost interest half way through both eps. Love all the actors, scripts seems good, there was just something that failed to stir the interest. Maybe more time would have helped.

    Comment by Judi Ward – October 4, 2011 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They never give shows long enough to establish themselves. This is a shame. It was a good show.

    Comment by Thom – October 4, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I’m not surprised. Besides the snappy period interpretation, the show was derivative. Very predictable. And, I couldn’t warm up to the characters. It had potential and blew it.

    Comment by falene17 – October 4, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DIDNT watch Whitney b/c i could tell right off the bad it was made cheaply and she just didn’t seem that funny to me…….I quit recording UP All Night after the first 2 eps b/c frankly and surprisingly, i only laughed a couple of times on the pilot ep, after that…………nada………

    Comment by tory – October 4, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, NBC – most people haven’te even had time to catch up with those three episodes yet. Way to cancel a show before people know it actually exists.

    Also, I agree on what was said about it airing on the worst time slot ever for the show.

    Comment by nicky – October 4, 2011 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eddie Cibrian is the reason most people probably didn’t watch. I actually didn’t really want to but I was surprised. It’s much more interesting than Pan Am!

    Comment by Samantha – October 4, 2011 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree. I would so much rather watch Playboy than Pan Am

      Comment by Ashton – October 4, 2011 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree… So much better than Pan Am so far! It’s a pity they have decided to cancel this… NBC – wake up!

        Comment by SK – October 4, 2011 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are you SERIOUS?!? It WAS getting really good! Literally, I was just raving about it on Facebook this morning and had two converts!

    Comment by Krystal – October 4, 2011 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, a whole two possible new viewers! Well, that would have made the difference between cancellation and renewal… NOT. Try two MILLION new viewers, and even then… it was a putrid show with viewership to match.

      Comment by Rebecca – October 4, 2011 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All they had to do is try moving around it around to find a better time slot. What a waste of a decent show! I miss the days when networks gave a hoot about a show and tried to save them rather than cancel them after two or three airings.

    Comment by max – October 4, 2011 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree Max! How can they just cancel without giving a show a real chance? 3 episodes is not a chance!

      Comment by Katy – October 4, 2011 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked The Playboy Club… Too bad… I do not think 3 episodes is enough to make a decision to cancel a show!

    Comment by Katy – October 4, 2011 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I only feel sorry for Sean Maher. He really deserves a hit!

    Comment by Max – October 4, 2011 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Psh, Firefly was totally a hit for Sean Maher! Except for Fox cancelling it.. I was really happy seeing him in the show though; he’s a really good actor.
      But seriously, I’m pissed. I read about the show in my college’s newspaper and it sounded interesting! I watched the two 1st episodes on hulu, then tuned in last night. I didn’t mind what everyone else was complaining about, with ‘too many plot stories’, I found that enhanced the show and the other characters weren’t just flat, boring characters. They had substance. “That’s the point, it’s compelling!” Commentary! the musical quote right there, haha. Bad move on NBC’s part.

      Comment by Jayne – October 4, 2011 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shame, it was a decent show. It would have been good for Friday night. Up against Castle and Five O, it had no shot. It was a solid, interesting, but slow storyline. NBC sucks at scheduling, they just have no concept of how to do it.

    Comment by Mia – October 4, 2011 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • True, it would have been a much better fit for a Friday. I didn’t think it was a great show, especially for the timeslot, but Friday night would’ve been better. I also wonder what NBC is doing, seems like a lot of news-type shows. Dateline is on twice a week (or at least it was last season),now this new one. Not to mention that during the day they have 4 hours of the Today show and our local station has 7 1/2 hours of local news throughout the day. They’re going as cheap as possible. It wouldn’t shock me if they eventually just use the 10:00 slot for news programming to save money(rather than the Leno experiment from last year).

      Comment by kjess – October 4, 2011 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is the same network that cancelled the original Star Trek.

      Comment by Juan Valdez – October 5, 2011 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This was sooo good. The promotions did nothing for it, it was was such an interesting concept. This is really a shame.

    Comment by Ashton – October 4, 2011 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was compelling! And I was pleasantly surprised by that, what a pity…
      There are too many ugly show out there.

      Comment by goldfinch – October 5, 2011 04:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • how sad! i was enjoying this show. sure, nick dalton maybe tried a bit too hard to be don draper, but it was still a fun show. everybody had a secret. and the acting really wasn’t bad. oh well, i gave up on NBC a long time ago anyway.

    Comment by z – October 4, 2011 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seemed like a good show from the pilot – but it never seemed to air on weekends, and I am not about to give up Hawaii 5-0 or Castle for Playboy Club. If it was a different night I might have watched more.

    Comment by Laura – October 4, 2011 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t say I didn’t see it coming, but I am still sooooo upset about it. This is the first tv show I have ever started watching the night it premiered, and I was really into it. Never again!

    Comment by Becca – October 4, 2011 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes me so sad. Why is it that good, intriguing and interesting shows barely get given a chance, but terrible sitcoms with no thought or talent in them get constantly renewed. I thought this show would get cancelled, but I thought it would get at least a season, rather than just being pulled off the air.

    Comment by Bec – October 4, 2011 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad I hadn’t gotten around to watching my DVR’d episodes yet. No point in doing so now!

    Comment by EveatEden – October 4, 2011 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I expected to hate The Playboy Club but tried it anyway. It was a really good show. Hate to see it go when pure crap like Whitney & Up All Night get renewed after only a couple of horrible episodes. I guess this explains why people are watching less of the 3 big network shows & more cable channels.

    Comment by Joanna – October 4, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I totally agree. I thing it was a time slot issue. I don’t like Hawaii 5-0 so I was getting into it. It would have been good on Friday when there isn’t much on. I thought it was better than Pan Am. As far as Whitney, I thought it sucked. I couldn’t watch after the first episode.

    Comment by Janie – October 4, 2011 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate Eddie Cibrian, and he doesn’t deserve crap …. live off Leann Loser

    Comment by Yay – October 4, 2011 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good Show… don’t understand why good shows get axed & bad shows stay on the air!!!! I hope another network picks this show up and gives it a chance. Thought the plot was going somewhere, it was nice seen a show from the 60′s, that era started some of Americas great history….. Really sorry to see it go.

    Comment by Laura – October 4, 2011 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How on earth can anyone even believe the ratings? How do they get them? Is the tv industry plugged into every house in America to find out what we’re watching? Get real people. It’s all just a scam

    Comment by Nancy – October 4, 2011 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo on NBC! Great show! I love Eddie Cibrian!

    Comment by Jenn – October 4, 2011 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dang. This had all the elements of a great show. T&A for the girl-watchers, Eddie Ciprian for the guy-watchers, sex, politics, mobsters, racial issues, and gay-rights issues… in an environment with beautiful sets…

    If anything, there were too many stories within the scene that didn’t have time to develop properly. The Nick Dalton/Bruno family/Mayor Daley arc could have gone at least a season, slipping to something sub-rosa after the next episode or two, the Carol Lynne/Maureen relationship looked like it could provide some real ongoing tension (especially when Nick stirs the pot just by being there all cute and everything), there was the real possibility of Bunny Jane getting into physical danger if the husband she tried to escape tracked her down (not to mention the ex/Max conflict), and then — I can’t remember their names offhand — the gay couple… given this was *before* Stonewall, there could have been all *sorts* of… drama… were they found out.

    Comment by tmana – October 4, 2011 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This pisses me off when the far less inferior Pan Am is still on the air. The Playboy Club was the best new show of the season. FU NBC.

    Comment by Scopo – October 4, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree; it’s the only new show I really really looked forward to each week. Makes me so mad that it already got cancelled. They need to at least finish out small seasons of shows like this since they’ve already shot some episodes!! BAH!!
      It wasn’t perfect but was definitely likeable. I’m sick of the same things getting preferential treatment over and over again.

      Comment by Danielle H – October 4, 2011 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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