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NBC Not Cancelling 'Playboy Club' and 'Free Agents' (Yet)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 8:20AM
'The Playboy Club' cast'The Playboy Club' launched on NBC this fall amid much fanfare and some controversy. After its ratings verged from bad to disastrous, we'd normally be expecting to report that the fledgling drama had been cancelled right about now.

However, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is reportedly going to stay the executioner's hand. For now, anyway.

According to Deadline, he's decided to allow 'The Playboy Club' and new comedy 'Free Agents' a bit more time to find their feet and their audiences before he makes any big decisions about their future.

This is in stark contrast to the 2010 fall season, when networks culled shows like 'Lone Star' straight out of the starting gate.

Greenblatt started off in cable TV, where shows are given a whole season before being axed or renewed, and he's rumored to be sending a message to the creative community that their shows will be given a chance to thrive at NBC.

However, keeping under-performing shows on the air is an expensive business, so don't expect the newbies to survive if their ratings don't pick up soon.

'Free Agents,' which stars Anthony "Buffy" Head, is a remake of a successful British sitcom, but hasn't caught fire with audiences. It hit a new low this week so the prospects look bleak.

As for 'The Playboy Club,' it could linger on as a seat warmer for Brian Williams' new magazine show, 'Rock Center.' Producers are rumored to be eyeing the Monday night 10PM slot as a launch pad, but the show's not quite ready yet.

One other NBC show that's also rumored to be on the bubble right now is crime drama 'Prime Suspect.' It's been doing marginally better than the other two shows, but is still failing to attract viewers in the coveted age 18-49 demographic.

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

'Free Agents' airs Wednesdays, 8:30PM ET on NBC.

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Love the program ... it is well done and according to the era. I'll follow it wherever it is shown. NBC will no longer be watched by me! Funny how TV can show lots of violence and killings, as well as Victoria Secret show. Some group must have bought NBC's power.

October 05 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's nice to see that NBC kept its word on this one. MediaBistro has confirmed that Playboy Club has been canceled.

October 04 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like The Playboy Club and agree "The Playboy Club has potential, (...) give it a chance to find an audience." Show should be more promoted and moved to the earlier hour, 8 pm.

October 02 2011 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Playboy Club has potential, any mad men knock off is better than most of whats on tv.
give it a chance to find an audience.

the other two show I wont miss.

September 30 2011 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like Free Agents - Good dialogues - It's funny. And no "will they/won't they". They do and it's hilarious.

September 30 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if i want to watch 'prime suspect', i will watch the series with helen mirren.

September 30 2011 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should have done the same thing for "Crime Story." That was a classic and deserved a chance to develope. The Playboy Club was a dead dog right from the start.

September 30 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why cancel after all that made up publicity ???...Big controversy...yeah right ..!..gimmee a break !

September 30 2011 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Both these shows can go. They are not very good. Bring back Law & Order. That's a great show!!!!

September 30 2011 at 9:07 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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