Its official, NBC has hung up the colorful bunny costumes. “The Playboy Club” has been canceled and its timeslot will be filled with repeats of the NBC cop drama “Prime Suspect”. Starting October 31 the news magazine hosted by Brian Williams, “Rock Center” will premiere in the time of the failed drama. It is a bit ironic that the boycott staged by the Parents Television Council wasn’t the nail in the show’s coffin but viewer interest was. The TV watchdog organization objected to the association the show had to the pornographic men’s magazine Playboy. Despite the groups threats NBC soldiered on with its plans to air the show bearing the name of the magazine. So far there has been no mention of the remaining unaired episodes. The show’s page is still up on NBC.com where you can watch online the only three episodes to air.
The cancellation of “The Playboy Club” didn’t come as a surprise after the ratings for the last three episodes were released. The show suffered a dramatic drop in viewers since its debut. News of the show’s demise prompted the country’s number one playboy Hugh Hefner himself to comment on the situation. Hefner used Twitter to address fans of the show saying,
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.
In hindsight Hefner’s post cancellation revelation probably would have been the wiser choice. A show on cable, especially one of the premium channels don’t have to worry about those pesky network censors and would have a lot more creative visual freedom. The adult theme of the show would fit right in on cable among shows like “True Blood” on HBO, “Camelot” on Starz and “The Borgias” on Showtime.
“The Playboy Club” becomes the first causality of the new fall season. Expect a few more to crash in the next few weeks. Which show will be next? In a few weeks NBC news anchor Brian Williams will start a new primetime investigative news program with regular contributions from other NBC heavyweights like Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Kate Snow and Harry Smith just to name a few. “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will occupy the vacated timeslot of “The Playboy Club”. “Prime Suspect” starring Maria Bello airs Thursdays at 10 P.M. on NBC. The newsmagazine hosted by Brian Williams called “Rock Center” will air Mondays at 10 P.M. starting October 31, on WXIA-TV, Atlanta Comcast channel 6/806. Check your local listings for specific channel information.
Below are my recommendations on TV in Atlanta worth watching.
WAGA-TV (Fox) The X Factor – The contestants arrive in L.A. for a boot camp where the judges will evaluate them. Duration: 2 hours
WGCL-TV (CBS) Survivor – A reality competition set in a jungle. Each week competitors are eliminated until there is a winner. Duration: 1 hour
WXIA-TV (NBC) Harry’s Law – Eric’s murder trial proceeds with his daughter being called to the stand. Harry has a disagreement over strategy with Ollie. Duration: 1 hour
WGCL-TV (CBS) Criminal Minds – The team investigate a multiple homicide. Their profile of the unsub indicates an unusual characteristic for cases they usually investigate. Duration: 1 hour
(BBC America) Law & Order: UK – A robbery gone wrong leave someone dead and the suspects holding hostages. Duration: 1 hour
WSB-TV (ABC) Revenge – Emily has her next target in her crosshairs. Daniel asks Emily out for a date. Meanwhile Victoria snoops into Emily’s past. Duration: 1 hour
WXIA-TV (NBC) Law & Order: SVU – The squad investigates when a girl, 13 turns up pregnant and refuses to name the father. The case gets complicated when the suspect is a boy from a powerful political family. Duration: 1 hour
WGCL-TV (CBS) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – When Nick takes a date to an art exhibit, he finds a decomposing body masquerading as a work of art. Duration: 1 hour
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