Axed: The Playboy Club
NBC's 1960s period piece drama The Playboy Club becomes the first cancellation of the new US fall TV season.
NBC’s 1960s period piece drama The Playboy Club has been axed after 3 episodes.
Due to screen in Australia on Arena, it becomes the first cancellation of the new US fall TV season.
The show started poorly with just 5 million viewers for its first episode, slipping to 3.5 million people for its third episode.
Set in a Chicago club and evoking the era and attitude made fashionable by Mad Men, the drama was hurt by strong competition from Hawaii 5-0 and Castle but also drew protests by activists who tried to encourage an advertiser boycott.
Critics dubbed it “an unwieldy and mostly humdrum combination of mob tale and backstage musical,” at worst and “a plush escape” at best.
Last month Foxtel’s Director of Television Brian Walsh told TV Tonight, “The Playboy Club is NBC’s big hope for the Fall sweep. It’s set in the Chicago in the 60s and it’s about the bunny club where the girls worked. We’ve got high hopes for that and it will play here on Arena.”
Source: Boston Globe