Hef on 'Playboy Club': Should've been on cable
October 5th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Hef on 'Playboy Club': Should've been on cable

Many of you (we'll be honest: many more than we were expecting) were not pleased with NBC's decision to can "The Playboy Club" after three episodes, giving it the title of first casualty of the season.

Of course, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who did some voiceover work in the premiere, was sad to see his trademarked bunnies exit network TV as well. He tweeted Tuesday, "I'm sorry NBC's "The Playboy Club" didn't find it's audience. It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience." (Well, that would've been more in line with the brand.)

Since then, he's been retweeting the statements of disappointed fans, consoling one of them with the promise that there will be "three more episodes of 'The Playboy Club' –six in all."

The 85-year-old playboy isn't letting NBC's cancellation keep his spirits down. "At the same time," he wrote Tuesday, "there is renewed studio interest in a major motion picture on my life & the start of the Sexual Revolution."

In the meantime, Mondays at 10 p.m. on the Peacock Network will be filled with reruns of Maria Bello's "Prime Suspect" before the newsmagazine show "Rock Center with Brian Williams" premieres on October 31.

Filed under: Celebrities • television • The Playboy Club
'Playboy Club' to be replaced by Brian Williams
October 4th, 2011
06:18 PM ET

'Playboy Club' to be replaced by Brian Williams

It was slammed by critics from the very first episode, so it’s no surprise that NBC’s “The Playboy Club” has been axed after just three episodes. CNN can confirm that “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will replace the sexy '60s drama.

Beginning October 31, the newsmagazine show will take over the failed show’s time slot. Until then, repeats of “Prime Suspect,” starring Maria Bello, will air on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Since “The Playboy Club” premiered September 20 to 5 million viewers, ratings have dropped consistently with each episode. The most recent episode had 3.2 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


Watch out for stilettos on 'The Playboy Club'
September 20th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Watch out for stilettos on 'The Playboy Club'

[Editor's Note: The post below contains spoilers to the September 19 premiere of "The Playboy Club."]

As television networks continue to go retro in primetime this fall,  NBC's hopped on the bandwagon with new drama "The Playboy Club."

Set in Chicago in 1963, the show tries to give a weekly peek through the keyhole of Hugh Hefner's first Playboy Club. It comes off as an elite den where women dressed up in tiny, tight costumes, were paid to look perfect and brought booze to men who thought they ruled the world, simply because they carried a club key. The show does capture that fantasy whether you find it sexy or sleazy.

We begin with a voice-over from Hefner himself (and if this threw you off, don't worry - he's not narrating subsequent episodes): "I built a place in the toddlin' town where everything was perfect. Where life was magic. Where the rules were broken and fantasies became realities for everyone who walked through the doors," he says. Enter Eddie Cibrian and his devilish grin.


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