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Breaking News! NBC shuts down "The Playboy Club"

by Monique
October 4, 2011 8:01 AM
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An inside source involved in the production of NBC's The Playboy Club just informed me that the show has indeed been cancelled. Of course this news comes as no surprise to those of us whom have followed the show since its premiere. With the steep decline in ratings seen after each episode aired, it was inevitable that the doors were set to close on NBC's period-piece series.

My inside source involved in the production of the show told me yesterday (before the news came down) that behind the scenes the production was mismanaged from the start.

The source stated that:

"The writing was cliche...and not enough research was done on the time period to give it that level of authenticity it needed."

In addition, my source also spoke on the diversity of the show, praising actress Naturi Naughton [who portrayed Bunny Brenda] as...

"good on the show and a genuine person, who never came off as phony or insincere behind the scenes."

Yet there were other things that were bothering.

"For a show set in Chicago, even during that time-period, having one token black character made no sense!"

Talking to this person, it became clear that The Playboy Club was doomed from the start, most ironic is that in our chat yesterday, my source stated that ABC's Pan Am [a show about flight attendants during the same time period as The Playboy Club] "...is doing a far better job filling the time period gap left behind by this year's absence of AMC's acclaimed series, Mad Men [a show in which Naturi Naughton also guest starred as none other than a "Playboy Bunny"]. They have an engaging story and the writing is pretty good but unfortunately, there are no black characters on the show."

Well, there you have it folks, another missed opportunity. I could only wonder what could have been if The Playboy Club had been on HBO, Showtime or hell, even FX...I guess it's too late for a coulda, woulda, shoulda. Turn down the lights, it's a wrap!

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8 Comments

  • James Madison | October 5, 2011 1:00 AMReply

    I was so watching this for Naturi.

    I'm sure she will bounce back.

  • Dr. Boogie | October 4, 2011 12:11 PMReply

    ZEUS!!!!!!!!!! *dead*

    This was based on the Playboy Club of 1960 NOT the 60s in a general since. It totally makes sense that there would NOT be a lot of Black people in a Playboy Club when it initially opened. It was not a strip club like we think of today. It was a high end gentlemen's club and just any Tom, Dick, or Tyrone could get in. The Civil Rights Movement for the masses hadn't took off and they certainly wouldn't be checking to make sure Hugh hired enough chocolate bunnies on staff. The high roller, elite, and ballers of the Black community went to their own nightclubs, go-go bars, and underground spots. Frankly I was surprised Naturi got a part as a character that early in the story line. Just saying, historically speaking.

    Now I would like a call when the Negro passengers of the PanAm show demand to get cool Cokes, fresh peanuts, and seat in the front during the flight.

  • ladyb | October 4, 2011 11:37 AMReply

    While Naturi didn't necessarily get me interested in watching PBC...but I've been looking at the fall and early 2012 line-up for new shoes...sadly, the seemingly better ones have no black characters. I praying that Kerry Washington's and Don Cheadle's shows are successful.

  • Miles Ellison | October 4, 2011 11:23 AMReply

    Who did NBC think would watch this?

  • Zeus | October 4, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    More proof that you can’t pour syrup on shit…

    Amen.

  • Curtis | October 4, 2011 9:42 AMReply

    Damn Mo, you beat me to posting this by 5 minutes :( The show was pretty lame though. I couldn't get through the pilot and barely lasted a few minutes on episode 2. Naturi's gonna bounce back though.

  • Jug | October 4, 2011 8:57 AMReply

    C'mon, the show was an empty suit. Why would you have a show about the magazine "we only read for the articles *wink* *wink*" on broadcast tv? And then make it a soap at that? It was doomed from the start. More proof that you can't pour syrup on shit....

    I'm more irritated they gave WHITNEY a full season order. That shit is terrible!

  • Tamara | October 4, 2011 8:39 AMReply

    I guess (abc,cbs,fox,nbc) tv can only handle 'one' of these type 80s based nostalgia shows.

    I'm interested to see how this new "Once Upon a Time" (abc) will fare against the already pummeled lineup of supernatural/fantasy type series... granted 'Supernatural' might be the only competitor. 'True Blood, Game of Thrones" and the like are on cable networks...

    Glad to hear the positivity regarding Naturi and also the oddness of not having more characters of color, particularly in this specific setting in this specific time period.

    ...and not enough research was done on the time period to give it that level of authenticity it needed...

    Hmm. Nostalgic-type stuff like this I'd think would require more research than average...*cough* "Mad Men" *cough* "Boardwalk Empire" *cough* etc...

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