Wednesday, October 5, 2011
NBC Cancel's Playboy Club: AKA: Bye-Bye Bunnies
So yesterday the first official new show to get the axe was NBC's Playboy Club. They also announced a full season order for both Whitney and Up All Night.
The decision was made after three low rated episodes, to cancel the nostalgic series and not show any further episodes. Ironically I was watching this week's episode when the news of it's demise broke.
I admit to waiting till Tuesday mornings to watch the show, also the fact that I was mostly watching for Sean Maher, but axing it after only three episodes seems way too premature. I will never understand how a network can cancel a show after only three episodes. Personally it takes me a minimum of three episodes to decide whether or not I'm gonna fully commit to a show. Playboy Club was given a tough time slot to begin with, going up against already established shows, like CBS' Hawaii 5-0, and ABC's Castle. Perhaps the network should have tried to move the show before giving up.
It is especially sad news as just last week actor Sean Maher, who plays a closeted homosexual character, also named Sean, who is married the also closeted, Bunny Alice, came out to EW. After fourteen years in the business, afraid that his sexuality would limit the roles he would be offered, he admitted that this role aided in his decision to finally come out. “I was working on other stuff, and then this role came up, which was like a light bulb going off,” Maher remembers. “I was like, This is perfect. I want to do this, and I want to use it as a platform to come out.” The full article can be found here.
Furthermore since they shot more than three episodes, why not show them? It isn't as though they are losing anymore money in showing them. NBC is planning to fill the Monday night slot with repeats of their new police drama Prime Suspect, which also isn't doing to well in the ratings.
So unfortunately we say Bye-Bye to the Bunnies and hope NBC has more faith in it's mid season shows.