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The Playboy Club: Cast Reactions to NBC Cancellation

Playboy Club TV series cancellationThough The Playboy Club didn’t generate high enough ratings for NBC to keep the TV series on the air, millions of people were still tuning in each week and will surely miss the cancelled series. Those behind the scenes are going to miss it as well. Many connected with the show have taken to Twitter to share their disappointment about the cancellation and their appreciation for the viewer support they’ve received.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Bunny Janie): “I’m so moved by all of y’all messages that I decided to RT just a few..love you all so much!” She later wrote, “Finishing out last episode, happy to be w/ some of my favorite people in the world. Everything happens for a reason..onwards and upwards :)”

David Krumhltz (Billy Rosen): “Your comments about The Playboy Club are touching. There was great stuff to come. Most shows die. Some before their time. I’ll miss Billy.” Earlier, he joked, “My show was cancelled today and this is how my cat feels about it: http://twitpic.com/6vdbyc” Dewan-Tatum responded with, “ok that just made me laugh out loud for the first time all day. I love u krum krum”

Leah Renee (Bunny Alice): “Thank you all so much for your messages and love for TPC. I will keep you posted on where to catch the remaining episodes. Big hugs!”

Naturi Naughton (Bunny Brenda): “Thank u all…I see all ur tweets supportin #playboyclub.” She later wrote, “Up at 6:30am…still headin 2work. #playboyclub. ‘Work hard until the end’”

Wes Ramsey (Max the bartender): “Tough day… such talented and inspiring friends I’ve made… miss u all already!” To fans of the show, he wrote, “We all appreciate all the support we have had from the fans. We should have had more time…”

Sean Maher (Sean Beaseley): “Thanks for all the support. I am disappointed to say the least :(” He followed that up with, “For those of you who are asking why I’m disappointed- The Playboy Club was cancelled today. Going to miss it tremendously.” And then, “To the remarkable cast and crew. Miss all of you already.”

Riley Smith (Wade, guest in two episodes); “Fun while it lasted. My thoughts go out to all the wonderful people that were apart of making #theplayboyclub daily.”

Chad Hodge (the show’s creator and executive producer): “Was about to start writing xmas episode where Benanti rides out on a snowflake singing ‘Santa Baby’ – all I ever wanted for #playboyclub”

Hugh Hefner (founder of Playboy Enterprises): “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.”

What do you think? Will you miss the show as well? What did you like or dislike about The Playboy Club?

 

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Naomi October 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

There was nothing wrong with The Playboy Club that couldn’t have been fixed by smart committed management. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about NBC, a network whose thinking actually is sixty years behind the times.

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JackTheRipper October 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm

The Playboy Club was a great series and had much promise going forward. But let’s face it, it’s all about money. If viewership isn’t high enough, advertisers pull out. That leads to falling profits for the network, which is after all a business.

Here’s an analogy. If a store sells milk and can’t move the inventory off the shelves, it will eventually either pull the milk from the shelves or lessen how much milk goes on the shelves, and replace it with a more profitable one.

So the bottom line is that high viewership is essential to keeping any show, And while you and I may love and watch the show, too many others would rather watch mindless reality shows.

Oh, well.

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deborah s October 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

i’m shocked that an organization had the sponsors dropping and the series stopped. sure there were some dumb girl lines said in teeny bunny outfits, but that show is tame.

it was entertaining – the swinging 60′s were wonderful to revisit. i’m hoping cable picks up the playboy club so i can keep watching and grinning.

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kay October 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

It is sad that it wasn’t given a chance. I hope someone will pick it up. It had a great story line and was refreshing from all the other same old stuff. It was a great cast and so much work on the costumes. Everyone did such a great job in their parts. I’m with one other comment, they do keep some of the dumbest shows and cancell the really good ones. \i will miss it.

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Marie October 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I liked Playboy Club. It substance and History – real or not real. No profanity – no big fat boobs falling out all over like dozens of show you see on TV – enjoyed the story line which it actually had. Why don’t they take off Pam Am which as far as I am concered has nothing!!!

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IgotBupkis October 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

>> These networks keep the dumbest shows that have more soft porn and stupid story lines.

Dude, I was the editor for a TV episode guide site for the show Dollhouse. Now, if you want intelligent concept and implementation, that show had it. It was sheer genius, and it was quite clear that its creator, Whedon, REALLY understood what the tech he was postulating about meant — But the numbers kept staying down. So I asked in the related forum: “If you’re not watching the show, why not?”

Mainly the answers came down to “I could not categorize the show and all the characters in it within 30 minutes”. The basic issue was one of impatience, the viewers were simply unwilling to devote the time it took for a show to give it time for them to understand everything that was going on.

The nets are right. They program to idiots and couch potatoes, because that’s all viewers want to be. If they have to actually think a bit regarding a show, then they turn it off.

You, the reader, may be an exception, but most viewers, they get exactly the shows they want, couch potato fodder.

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Dave October 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

I loved this show, It was so well written, so well acted and I loved the music, cars and fashion. What a shame that so many closed minded people have such influence. This was a great show, a fun show, that was a great break from the reality of our current time where things are anything but fun. It was a great break from reality. I’ll miss you Playboy Club!

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Shelley Wills October 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

I think CBS is stupid for canceling the Playboy club! It was a great show and very interesting looking back on the 60′s. I am really going to miss this show and was looking forward to next monday. You keep stupid shows like two and half men with Ashton Kutcher which I stopped watching when you took Charlie Sheen away and he made the show….

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Big Red October 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

What is going on? These networks keep the dumbest shows that have more soft porn and stupid story lines.
This was a great show. Brought back memories of the sixties. Clothing, cars, music. Katie, not sure what you were watching, but the singing was great. The actors were perfect for their characters. Caroline is a beautiful women.
Going to miss this one.
NBC you blew it.

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Katie October 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

I thought it had potential but there were so many things that derailed it. The singing bits were positively painful to start. In addition, the show clearly meant to deal with controversial issues of the time, but only managed to hint at and gloss over them. I agree with Hef; this was a show for cable. 10-13 powerfully written episodes aimed at a more adult audience would have given this show the success NBC hoped for but ultimately missed.

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Beth Coccaro October 7, 2011 at 7:01 am

I think Hef is right – on cable it would have found its audience.

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Carl October 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

Pls. bring this show back- is very good. No more reality shows- give it to FOX or another network.

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KAB October 7, 2011 at 4:37 am

Andrea is right this show is too good to be cancelled. It just wasn’t on the right channel. It is too racy to be on NBC. It should’ve been on HBO or Showtime. That would have been perfect. This show just got started and I think at the very least they should let it finish out the season so no questions are left unanswered. Like many cancelled before their time shows we should try to create petitions on this site as well to try to save this show and try to reach out to Showtime or HBO to try to pick up this show. Or maybe even Hugh Hefner is responsible for the original playboy.

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Iris October 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

Racy? Give me a break! There’s more vulgarity on some sitcoms! It’s a great show, and I really liked it! LOVED the great music! Didn’t have to lower the volume like with other shows, that have that loud disgusting hip hop crap! Loved seeing David Krumholtz back on TV. Was a loyal fan of Numbers, and was disappointed when that was canceled! Miss Charlie Eppes & all the rest of the cast. I could name several shows that ‘s on their last legs, & should go! Wish you’d reconsider, & leave Playboy on the air!

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Andrea October 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I think that if NBC felt the show was too ‘racy’, then the network should not have run it. I love this show. It’s something different from the repetitive ones on television now. I looked up the show list for the network and ‘The Playboy Club” was the only thing I was watching, well watched.

I would very much like to see Showtime or HBO pick this series up. At least those networks can get things right.

Please someone pick this up, I have GOT to see what happens to Maureen (and what she says)!

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