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Hugh Hefner and the PTC Speak Out on 'The Playboy Club' Cancellation

Date October 05, 2011
'The Playboy Club' cast As was widely expected, NBC's new drama, 'The Playboy Club,' has gained the dubious distinction of being the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will reportedly be replaced with repeats of 'Prime Suspect' until Brian Williams' news magazine series 'Rock Center' starts on Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Now 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner says he...

'The Playboy Club' cast As was widely expected, NBC's new drama, 'The Playboy Club,' has gained the dubious distinction of being the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will reportedly be replaced with repeats of 'Prime Suspect' until Brian Williams' news magazine series 'Rock Center' starts on Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Now 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner says he thinks he knows why 'The Playboy Club' struggled in the ratings and failed to ignite with audiences.

Saying that fans of the show are "really upset" about the cancellation, Hefner Tweeted that "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."

A sentiment perhaps the Parents Television Council would agree with. The PTC mounted an aggressive campaign for months, urging advertisers and NBC affiliates to drop 'The Playboy Club.'

In a statement, PTC President Tim Winter thanked supporters and said he is "pleased" at the cancellation. "Bringing 'The Playboy Club' to broadcast television was a poor programming decision from the start," said Winter. "We're pleased that NBC will no longer be airing a program so inherently linked to a pornographic brand that denigrates and sexualizes women."

Echoing Hefner's thoughts that 'The Playboy Club' may have been more suitable for a cable channel rather than a broadcast network, Winter added that "we are hopeful those making programming decisions will consider more carefully the difference between the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves and a subscription service like cable."

Still it's not all bad news for Hefner. His fictional TV life may be over for now, but he Tweeted that a movie could be in the offing: "At the same time, there is renewed studio interest in a major motion picture on my life & the start of the Sexual Revolution." Sounds intriguing.

Which new show do you think should join 'The Playboy Club' in cancellation corner?

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