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NBC Cancels 'The Playboy Club'

Date October 04, 2011
The Playboy Club NBC has pulled the plug on 'The Playboy Club.' It's the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will be replaced by Brian Williams' new newsmagazine series 'Rock Center' starting Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Variety reports that repeats of 'Prime Suspect' will air in the Mondays at 10PM timeslot until 'Rock Center' debuts.

'The Playboy Club' debuted...

The Playboy Club NBC has pulled the plug on 'The Playboy Club.' It's the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will be replaced by Brian Williams' new newsmagazine series 'Rock Center' starting Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Variety reports that repeats of 'Prime Suspect' will air in the Mondays at 10PM timeslot until 'Rock Center' debuts.

'The Playboy Club' debuted to 5 million viewers and has fallen dramatically since. Its most recent Monday night episode was seen by about 3.4 million viewers. It starred Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard and told the story of the Playboy club in 1960s Chicago.

In addition to the low ratings and a poor critical response, 'The Playboy Club' was also targeted by the Parents Television Council for being indecent. One NBC affiliate even refused to air the series.

When 'Rock Center' debuts, Williams will be joined by veteran NBC corespondents including Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Richard Engel.

"There's no one more enlightening or personable in the news business than Brian Williams," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "We welcome Brian and this fresh new take on a primetime news show to our schedule, especially as we head into an election year."

"'Rock Center' will cover a slightly different world than anything else on television," Williams said. "The format will be good, real, hard journalism -- and then some. We intend to be the new home of quality journalism on a weekly basis, and on the web at all times."

NBC has ordered full seasons of two new comedies, 'Whitney' and 'Up All Night.'

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