Tuesday, October 4, 2011
'Playboy Club' This Year's First Cancelled; Comedies Get Full Orders
The third week of the primetime TV season has barely begun and the first casualty of the year has just been tallied. But don't worry, there's some good news in there, too.
This afternoon, NBC announced the cancellation of The Playboy Club, a controversial new drama centered around the famous bunny-filled nightclub of the 1960s. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise after some NBC affiliates refused to air the show, several advertisers backed out after the premiere and the ratings were pretty abysmal (less than 3 million viewers and dropping). I didn't tune into the Mad Men wannabe, so I'm not nearly as upset about this year's first cancellation as I was with Lone Star last year.*
On the bright side, three new shows have already received full season orders. Last week, FOX announced its full order for Zooey Deschanel's New Girl, which is well on its way to being the funniest new show of the year (unless, of course, you hate Zooey Deschanel). NBC followed suit today, announcing full orders for Will Arnett and Christina Applegate's baby comedy Up All Night and the critically-reviled Whitney.
This is only the beginning of what will be many similar announcements. Likely to follow in The Playboy Club's footprints are Free Agents, Charlie's Angels and How to Be a Gentleman, while 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory and Revenge will probably be receiving full orders shortly.
Were any of you watching The Playboy Club? Are you sad to see it go? And which shows do you have on your cancellation radar?
* - While we are on the subject of Lone Star, I would love to see that pilot again. Anyone know where I can find it?
[Image Source: NBC]