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The Biggest TV Turkeys of 2011

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:00PM
TV Turkeys: Playboy Club, Entourage, Cougar TownThere are plenty of shows to be thankful for, but 2011 was also the year for some major TV turkeys.

You know what we're talking about -- those shows or televised events that are just too horrific for even our "worst" lists of the year.

We've picked our top turkeys, included proof of poultry, and ranked them on a gobble-meter scale of 1-10, 1 being the least offensive or surprising in terms of suckiness, and 10 being scream-at-your-TV-in-anger levels of suck that we hope we never have to endure again.

Take a look at our list, then chime in down in the comments with your own top picks for the bottom of the barrel.

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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

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Eddie Cibrian is Officially Having the Worst Week Ever

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 5th 2011 5:55PM
Call it bad luck, bad karma or pure coincidence, but Eddie Cibrian might just be having the worst week ever.

First his primetime comeback as Don Draper impersonator Nick Dalton in NBC's 'The Playboy Club,' gets canceled. Then, on the same day as the canellation news broke, he was injured on 'The Playboy Club' set when his heel got caught under a 200-pound steel door. That's one way to add insult to injury.

Cibrian was reportedly taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to treat the deep gash on his foot. But unfortunately for Cibrian, that's not all that happened this week ... and it's only Wednesday.

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Eddie Cibrian Injured on 'The Playboy Club' Set

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 10:25AM
Eddie Cibrian InjuredThe old saying is "add insult to injury," but it was the reverse for 'Playboy Club' star Eddie Cibrian, who was injured on the set of his now-canceled series.

The actor was injured on Tuesday night, the same day NBC canceled the fledgling show.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cibrian injured his right heel. The actor was running down an alley on the show's set and caught his heel under a 200-pound steel door.

Cibrian was treated for a deep gash on his foot at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Hugh Hefner and the PTC Speak Out on 'The Playboy Club' Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:00AM
'The Playboy Club' castAs was widely expected, NBC's new drama, 'The Playboy Club,' has gained the dubious distinction of being the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will reportedly be replaced with repeats of 'Prime Suspect' until Brian Williams' news magazine series 'Rock Center' starts on Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Now 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner says he thinks he knows why 'The Playboy Club' struggled in the ratings and failed to ignite with audiences.

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NBC Cancels 'The Playboy Club'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 1:22PM
The Playboy ClubNBC has pulled the plug on 'The Playboy Club.' It's the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will be replaced by Brian Williams' new newsmagazine series 'Rock Center' starting Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Variety reports that repeats of 'Prime Suspect' will air in the Mondays at 10PM timeslot until 'Rock Center' debuts.

'The Playboy Club' debuted to 5 million viewers and has fallen dramatically since. Its most recent Monday night episode was seen by about 3.4 million viewers. It starred Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard and told the story of the Playboy club in 1960s Chicago.

In addition to the low ratings and a poor critical response, 'The Playboy Club' was also targeted by the Parents Television Council for being indecent. One NBC affiliate even refused to air the series.

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Janie Reveals Her Dark Secret Past to Maureen on 'The Playboy Club' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2011 7:30AM
'The Playboy Club' - 'A Matter of Simple Duplicity'Secrets abound at 'The Playboy Club' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC), but none more dangerous or looming than the murder of the city's mob boss in the pilot. So when an undercover reporter is caught masquerading as a Bunny at the Club, Nick and Maureen are obviously concerned.

When she prints the first part of a two-part story in the paper revealing that there's a murderer at the Playboy Club, they're positively terrified. Nick goes down as the club's legal representation to get a handle on it before the reveal, while Maureen stumbles upon a reveal of her own.

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Eddie Cibrian Defends 'The Playboy Club,' Says 'We Get Naked ... All the Time' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 30th 2011 5:00PM
'The Playboy Club' has been attracting a lot of negative attention lately, as complaints from the PTC and low ratings have put the glitzy '60s drama on cancellation watch. Eddie Cibrian went on 'Rachael Ray' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to defend the show against charges of misogyny, but couldn't bring himself to take issue with claims that it's too sexy.

"Our show has nothing to do with the Playboy Empire at all ... it has to do with Chicago in the 1960s and the Playboy Club where all the top entertainers, mobsters and politicos would come and rub shoulders ... good storytelling is what we're doing," Cibrian insisted.

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Cancellation Watch: Which New Show Should Get the Axe First?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 30th 2011 3:15PM
Which Show Should be Canceled?We're well into the new 2011-2012 TV season and there are a few hits (ABC's 'Pan Am,' CBS's '2 Broke Girls') and a number of flops (The CW's 'H8R,' NBC's 'The Playboy Club'), and the cancellation axe will start swinging very soon.

In terms of ratings, many of NBC's new shows are sinking. Coupled with critical appeal, it looks like the network is having the least luck this season. 'Free Agents' and 'The Playboy Club' are on death watch, yet NBC boss Bob Greenblatt seems to be content on watching, not canceling.

CBS has had some luck in finding an audience for its new dramas like 'Person of Interest,' as well as comedy '2 Broke Girls,' but the premiere of 'How to Be a Gentleman' did nowhere near 'Girls' numbers ... nor anywhere near the now-canceled '$#*! My Dad Says' that lived ever-so-briefly in that timeslot last season.

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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.

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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."

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Is 'The Playboy Club' or 'Pan Am' More Accurate?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 4:00PM
The Playboy Club, Pan AmAt the heart of NBC's 'The Playboy Club' and ABC's 'Pan Am' are trailblazing women. These two new fall shows are based on real-life happenings of the 1960s and have some very vocal critics and it's looking like women who lived through the period are happier with 'Pan Am.'

Over at Vanity Fair, former Chicago Playboy bunny Marilyn Miller wasn't shy in sharing her disdain for the new NBC series.

"I'm so disappointed," Miller said. "They did a wonderful job re-creating the club physically, but everything else..."

Miller said the show is filled with inaccuracies. The bunnies never danced with or dated customers, nor were there mobsters and politicians.

"I didn't like the whole show. I thought it was cheap, it was degrading, it was demoralizing. It makes the Bunnies seem silly," she said. "Not one Bunny I know liked the show. Everyone is hoping it gets canceled."

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A New Cover Girl is Chosen on 'The Playboy Club' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 27th 2011 8:30AM
'The Playboy Club' S01/E02On this week's episode of 'The Playboy Club' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC) the Bunnies got to find out which one of them would be the magazine's new cover girl.

There was so much tension in the Bunny locker room you could practically cut the air with a knife as Den Mother Carol-Lynne prepared to announce who'd been chosen. (Who knew that brains and selflessness were two of the criteria used to pick the 'Playboy' cover girl?)

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!

And the winner is ... Bunny Janie! Cue insincere applause and disappointed glances from the other Bunnies. However, Janie's moment of triumph is short-lived as she says "I just can't do this" and rushes from the room.

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'Firefly' Actor Sean Maher on Coming Out as a Gay Actor

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 26th 2011 4:15PM
Sean MaherSean Maher, currently appearing in NBC's 'The Playboy Club,' is opening up about his sexuality. The actor broke his silence to Entertainment Weekly, discussing his sexuality for the first time.

A father of two with his partner of nine years, Maher said he wanted to use his role as a closeted gay on 'The Playboy Club' to come out of the closet himself.

"I was working on other stuff, and then this role came up, which was like a light bulb going off," Maher said. "I was like, This is perfect. I want to do this, and I want to use it as a platform to come out."

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Adrian Pasdar, Michael Imperioli Join HBO's '40,' Billy Zane Books 'Playboy Club' and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2011 11:40AM
Adrian Pasdar, Michael ImperioliAdrian Pasdar and Michael Imperioli have joined the cast of Doug Ellin's '40.'

The comedy about middle-aged men also stars Ed Burns and Michael Rapaport.

The single-camera comedy follows four lifelong friends as they navigate their 40s. Burns plays a married man and father who used to well-off, but hasn't worked in almost a year. According to Deadline, Rapaport's character is a married "neurotic everyman." 'Sopranos' veteran Imperioli plays a single man who isn't shy about self-promoting and Pasdar will play a Wall Street millionaire.

Susan Misner will play Burns' wife.

In other casting news ...

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