Thompson on Hollywood

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.