'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.

The Parents Television Council is happy the program’s been canceled, reports The Wrap. And so, we presume, are feminists like Gloria Steinem, who called for a boycott of the show.

In other TV news, NBC has ordered full-season pickups from new comedies “Up All Night” and “Whitney.”

“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,'” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

Fox’s Zooey Deschanel vehicle “New Girl” was the first new show to get a full-season order.

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  1. george pierce

    its bad when people (ptc)in there (90)+ age group have a show like the playboy club removed from tv because they
    dont like it.they were in that era & may have worked at the playboy club . i hope they dont stop pam am or in will have
    to order playboy from comcast & see if they can stop me on watching it boooo you suck way to go abc keep up the good work that shows nbc only wants the money snoopy

    October 9, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mormon Proud

    Im glad they kept this off the air in Utah, and now off the air entirely. Filth like this has no place in a civilized Christian country like the US.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JWitness

      How do you even know how to use a computer? I bet you stumbled here by accident when looking for 1 guy 1 jar didn't you!?!?!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      @JWitness LOL

      October 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Bring back "Swing Town" It was a better show. Its too bad CBS bowed down to the Christian right and canceled the show.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SurpassTissue

    I do think that this show would do better on a bigger network. Its about bunnies whether they were just working the club or about the ones getting to pose for the magazine. It would do better on a network like showtime or HBO, where they wouldn't be so limited on a public network. Even if they only ever showed boobs, tons of men would still tune in. However, I'm a female, and I'm just addicted to dramatized situations and this had one just starting (to me.)

    October 5, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fleemy

    This show is great. It needed some exteriors, day shots, street scenes but overall, it had a mood and a tone. The problem is NBC. Pepper it up and put it on HBO where it should have been. All the good shows go down and if New Girl is a hit, there is no hope for NBC or TV in general. I've seen a lot of TV in my time and Playboy Club should have been allowed to get going and grow. Each actor was a star and the musical numbers were really entertaining. I won't be happy until I'm holding season one in my collection so knock it over to HBO and finish what you started.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gloria Steinem

    I win again.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. QuietStormX

    From the first episode The Playboy Club on NBC was a complete joke. At 10pm this show was really "G" rated? Trying to be something that should have been on A&E or Bravo and be more real. Sorry for the actors thow.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rory

    You can't re-live an era that's why it failed.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pec

    THIS SUCKS !!!!! I really LIKED the show and was totally into it.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clay

    I didn't make it through the first episode. I really wanted it to work, but the story line was just stupid. Oh well, it was a cool concept – they just didn't pull it off.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. deb

    Loved the show. It was about something good was on besides reality tv show. please cable pick this up.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. krg

    BOOO!!!!!!! We actually enjoyed The Playboy Club!!! Maybe one of the cable networks can pick it up and make a bit more racy. And how will it end? NBC, you suck!

    October 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironman1

      nbc dose suck that was the only show that they had to watch on there micky mouse net work maybe amc will pick them up and put them on after mad man then go hey nbc you reallly are loosers

      October 5, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rita

    They should've never hired Eddie Cibran (sp). He's a horrible actor and a jerk. That's what he gets for cheating on his wife with that country ho. Karma is a mother.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jenny

    i want this show to go on. i saw the first episode and it was gooood. it just comes out too late at nite for me to continue to watch. i get it at 10:00 on cbs in california.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 4 toed injun

    howa hoooowa hooowa hooowa im an indian

    October 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. 4 toed injun

    Yeah. Plus no naaakeeed girls on it. We were gyped !

    October 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Truth Hurts

    Fernace, the show was bad.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sokman

    I was a centerfold once... for my third grade play. I was a tree stuck between a rock and a cow in the playbill they handed out before the show. True story...

    October 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Snoop Dogg

    man@ they shoulda put it on cable and included scenes of each girl doing a centerfold shoot. nekkid, of course! rating would not have been a poblem among males 14-99 years old.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. gemluver

    This is ridiculous. That show is no worse than Pan Am on ABC in showing how women were objectified in their job roles in that era. I actually enjoyed it and am disappointed that they are cutting it. Gloria Stienem needs to get over it. I thought the show did a good job in portraying what women had to do in situations like that to "be a star" in the 50s &60s. Although, the whole "beard" marriage thing was a little forced. Above all – it's fiction folks. Take it for what it is – just entertainment.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim in Georgia

      Pan Am could be a really great show. What you can see now is how much worse off the flight attendants have it now. I hope it's given a chance to make it.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fenn

      Problem with playboy club is NBC was dumb enough to put it against castle and hawai 5-0. Put it on any other night except monday or tuesday and it would have done great

      October 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. TC

    A failed show and a failed agenda with failed actors from failed marriages from the start. You have to let go of a failure mindset to begin succeeding and everyone involved in this show keeps repeating failed behavior.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Winner of the "Most Ridiculously Inane Comment of the Day" award. Congratulations.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  22. fernace

    I thought this would be a great opportunity to show, historically, what women have gone thru to be where we are now! After all Gloria Steinem & Barbara Walters were bunnies at the original Playboy Club! Hope it get's shopped to another network, like the Camelot movie about Jackie Kennedy's life, starring Katie Holmes!!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      I think Gloria Stinem was undercover for the magazine she worked for. She was always a feminist.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crys

      I hoped the show would've been a little more historically accurate. I know a woman who worked in the Orlando Playboy Club and then moved to Chicago. She paid her way through getting her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Eventually, she became an ordained minister through the Unity Church and now helps to lead the church with her husband here in Indianapolis. In a way, I thought the new show was doing her a disservice because it really didn't tell the story that the women had to go through. The movie about Gloria Steinem was probably more accurate.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • @TJ

      Being undercover doesn't mean anything... She was still in the Playboy club.

      that's like saying you star in gay p0rn, but only undercover for an article you're writing.. it's still gay p0rn.

      October 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ms

    Yay! One point for the girls!!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |

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