NBC Cancels ‘The Playboy Club’

The low rated series closes its doors early while "Whitney" and "Up All Night" get full seasons.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last week, a report on Deadline suggested that NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt was going to give "The Playboy Club" more time to attract an audience and to demonstrate to Hollywood's creative community that the network would give its shows every chance to succeed.

For "The Playboy Club," that chance lasted all of a week.

After three low rated episodes, "The Playboy Club" has officially been canceled by NBC, which also makes it the first show of the fall 2011 season to get pulled off the air. The cancelation means that no new episodes will be produced and the network has no plans to burn off the remaining 10 episodes, making them unlikely to air in this country. The third and final aired episode attracted only 3 million viewers.

The heavily hyped period drama starred Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian and took place in the famous Playboy club during the 1960s. It was also targeted by the Parents Television  Council; which attempted to form an advertiser boycott. However, with the early demise of the series, the PTC is bound to proclaim victory whether it earned it or not.

However, NBC also extended full season orders for two of its freshmen comedies, "Whitney" and "Up All Night;" which join Fox's "The New Girl" as the second and third new series to get a full season commitment this fall.

“We made comedy an important goal for us this season and I’m very pleased to be making full-season commitments to both 'Whitney' and' Up All Night,'” said Greenblatt said in an official statement. “We’re thrilled with the creative direction of both shows as well as the potential for them to continue to build loyal audiences over the coming months. We’re proud of all of the producers, writers, actors, and directors who have worked so hard to bring these shows to life.”

NBC's other new comedy, "Free Agents" is also rumored to be up for an immanent cancelation.


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