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'The Playboy Club' Loses Advertisers, PTC Calls for Immediate Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 29th 2011 8:30AM
'The Playboy Club' castWill it soon be time to bid farewell to 'The Playboy Club?' Yes, if the members of The Parents Television Council (PTC) have their way.

The PTC has been campaigning against NBC's new drama series for months, urging advertisers and NBC affiliates to drop it.

Now the PTC claims that seven advertisers have already withdrawn from 'The Playboy Club' and is calling for the series -- which the pressure group says "objectifies and degrades women" -- to be cancelled immediately.

Asking members to put pressure on the remaining sponsors of the show (Capital One, Samsung and Chrysler), PTC President Tim Winters said the group wants to know "if their corporate values are in step with those of the Playboy brand."

Winters added that, "What has been clear to everyone outside of NBC must now be clear even to those inside NBC: 'The Playboy Club' is a commercial disaster and must be removed from the airwaves. We call for the network to cancel this degrading and sexualizing program immediately."

'The Playboy Club' attracted a lot of early buzz, but launched to disappointing ratings and saw its audience drop by a whopping 19 percent for the second episode. It was already widely considered to be one of the front-runners for early cancellation this fall, even without extra pressure from the PTC.

It's entirely possible that advertisers are pulling the plug on the show purely because of the low ratings rather than the PTC's advocacy.

Winters may simply be echoing sentiments shared by the suits at NBC when he said "any further airing of the show ... is a profoundly bad business decision."

Do you think NBC should cancel 'The Playboy Club?'

'The Playboy Club' airs Mondays, 10PM ET on NBC.



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sarah hurley

i loved this show and if you are letting your kids watch it shame on you my kids are not. it was a mild show not like others portray it. give me a break we pay for our cable and should be able to watch what we like not listen to crap ballers like you trying to tell us how to run our tv programs.

October 24 2011 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rdherrera

I think they should bring the show back it was just getting good! The 2nd episode was a bit slow but the 3rd was awesome! It left you wanting more and now they pull it. NBC bring it back!!!!

October 13 2011 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redbowtie29

And who cares about Kim Kardashian, I don't and her wedding. I don't. Another mindless show.

October 08 2011 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redbowtie29

One of the better shows on TV this fall, I wish they would that much effort into getting a show like " Jersey Shore" off TV, that show does not "objectifies and degrades women" now does it..

October 08 2011 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redbowtie29

One of the better shows on TV this fall, I wish they would that much effort into getting a show like " Jesey Shore" off TV, that show does not "objectifies and degrades women" now does it..

October 08 2011 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ohserase

HAS the PTC even watched the show? Probably not. It is an enjoyable show, how women were making it in the 1960s, not as prostitutes, but as bunnies trying to get by. There is no sex, no nudity. There is more sexual scenes in a CW show (Gossip Girl, 90201, etc) than The Playboy Club. Why doesn't the PTC target CW shows instead. As usual NBC is canceling a good show. (There past mistakes: canceling Dark Shadows 1991, Journeyman, The Event, Surface). Also, it comes on at 10:00 pm, children under 12 should be in bed. Why do we have to listen to the PTC, why should NBC bow down to them? We should have a choice in what we watch, not someone telling us what is good and bad. PTC people, if you don't like it, change the channel. What is next, they will target the new "Charlie's Angels"? Back in 1976, complaints were made about the original "Charlie's Angels", yet when they tuned in, they saw it was just a detective show with pretty detectives. They were not running around half nude and having sex. It also happened to "Married with Children", complaints were made. But FOX was brave and stuck with it. NBC, you are a bunch of idiots for canceling another good show. They seem to only care about the Thursday lineup (Community, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock). I watched those shows a few times and hated it. They are not funny, they are stupid sitcoms, take those off the air instead. It is really sad that in 2011 we still have morons like the PTC telling us what to watch. Kids today can access hard core pornography on their computers, but they decide to target "The Playboy Club". Shame to NBC and advertisers for listening to the PTC, why don't you listen to your viewing audience instead.

October 05 2011 at 9:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ricepat24

The PTC is got to be the biggest joke going. Are you kidding me. I thought only horses wore blinders! While my
son grew up we endured all these commercials about Viagra and Trojan condoms. The recent Trojan one is so
subliminal it is obscene. And what about Mr. Charlie Sheen's show - Two and 1/2 Men -- that isnt degrading!!!
All the episodes about him with hookers, drugs and alcohol. The first episode of this new season Alan talks about his masturbating and Ashton sleeps with a couple of girls on his first episode . That show is real moral. That kid on the show was subjected to this since he was a 1/2 man. Someone on the PTC had some bad experience at a Playboy Club and doesnt want to see a therapist to get over it -- It was the 60's and that is how it was. Should I boycott photographers who took pictures of my parents and their friends enjoying a night out at a clubs and having a cigarette and drink in hand. What BS -- NBC is so stupid to give into their pressure.

October 04 2011 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ricepat24

The PTC is got to be the biggest joke going. Are you kidding me. I thought only horses wore blinders! While my
son grew up we endured all these commercials about Viagra and Trojan condoms. The recent Trojan one is so
subliminal it is obscene. And what about Mr. Charlie Sheen's show - Two and 1/2 Men -- that isnt degrading!!!
All the episodes about him with hookers, drugs and alcohol. The first episode of this new season Alan talks about his masturbating and Ashton sleeps with a couple of girls on his first episode . That show is real moral. That kid on the show was subjected to this since he was a 1/2 man. Someone on the PTC had some bad experience at a Playboy Club and doesnt want to see a therapist to get over it -- It was the 60's and that is how it was. Should I boycott photographers who took pictures of my parents and their friends enjoying a night out at a clubs and having a cigarette and drink in hand. What BS -- NBC is so stupid to give into their pressure.

October 04 2011 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
donnahinva

I am so glad that this show was canceled. Younger people may think that there
is nothing wrong with this show, but they need to understand that these shows
can be viewed by teenagers and even younger children. We need to think of the good of society and our
children. This show sells sex and has no redeeming value. And, yes, other
shows are just as bad, but that logic doesn't fly. Let's see - other shows are showing some poor taste and are
sexually explicit so let's just put one more out there?????

October 04 2011 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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melsumm001

Everything in your comment is completely and utterly WRONG! Younger children and kids should be asleep by 10 and even if they watch this show there is BARELY any nudity and no degradation towards women at all. Back in the 1960's this is how women made money, and in the show they are not selling their bodies for money. They are serving alcohol and singing, which is just like what you would see at restaurants such as hooters or tilted kilt. If you wan to "think of the good society of our children, you might as well take them out of this world." You take kids to a football game and see half naked cheerleaders shaking their boobs, or you even take your kid out for a nice lunch and could see worse things that women serving drinks in a costume! This show does NOT sell sex, where on it do you see these women sleeping with keyholders!? They even made a rule in which you could not even date keyholders! The new fad for kids these days is vampires and in true blood, vampire diaries, and twilight all show multiple sex scenes and men biting and killing women. This show was very respectful to women and even when someone touched the bunnies or called them something other than their name, the bunnies QUICKLY corrected them. Watch the show before you talk bad about it, PTC is full of a bunch of stupid parents who's kids will end up on the streets by how much they shelter them.

October 15 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jemlmal

Are you kidding me????? With show like Gossip Girl, 90102, and O.C. Vampire Diaries......on and on. That was how is was back in the 60's . Sexist and the power was with the men...fact PTC,
Jel

October 04 2011 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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