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TV Watch: Playboy Club Cancelled, Fox Could Make Money On Simpsons Demise

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 5, 2011 at 7:57AM

The first cancellation of the fall season is NBC's misguided and little-watched (just three million viewers caught last night's episode) The Playboy Club, which took place in Mod, bunny-infested 1960s Chicago. After only three episodes, NBC pulled the low-rated show, which starred Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian, off the air. Hugh Hefner tweeted his disappointment and blamed it on the network: "It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience."
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The first cancellation of the fall season is NBC's misguided and little-watched (just three million viewers caught last night's episode) The Playboy Club, which took place in Mod, bunny-infested 1960s Chicago. After only three episodes, NBC pulled the low-rated show, which starred Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian, off the air. Hugh Hefner tweeted his disappointment and blamed it on the network: "It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience."

Or, as THR perfectly and pithily slammed the period drama: "It was bad show, period."

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Matt Groening's venerable animated Fox cash-cow The Simpsons might come to an end after 23 seasons over salary disputes. While audiences and cast members don't want the beloved show to end, ironically, the cancellation could be in Fox and News Corp's interest. The Simpsons' syndication deal had stopped Fox from selling the show to cable or online distributors. That sale could earn around $750 million for News Corp, adding a 10 cents-per share value to shareholders.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.