Bummer, you guys! Looks like NBC’s The Playboy Club was cancelled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the controversial show got the axe after disappointing ratings a second week in a row. Several advertisers pulled spots after a proposed boycott from the Parents Television Council on grounds the show is “degrading and sexualizing.”
Um. . . derrr. It’s a show. On American television. About Playboy. Do we really need a boycott for a show that pretty much everyone knows is going to have a lot of the smexing? Is this to protect the kids? I know plenty of kids. They are too busy watching their own shows to give a crap what’s on their parents’ TV.
I digress. The point of this post was to talk about the void for a show about the swingin’ 60s that was left by The Playboy Club. I mean, we have the genius that is AMC’s Mad Men, and the cigarette-free twilight zone that ABC has created with their 60s-era drama Pan Am. But I just think we need one more show about the 1960s!
I know I sound harsh. Truth is, I liked the show. But I’m a sucker for sharp tailoring, thick eyeliner, and a Tina Turner impersonator. I will watch practically anything set in the 60s (and the 40s). I just wish this show had been on cable. Part of the drama of that time was the sexual tension, race issues, and gender issues. I’m not sure a network TV show can handle all that controversy. . . and not get run out of town.
I’m especially bummed for Laura Benanti, the gorgeous actress who plays Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne. She is a fierce betch and made the show fun to watch. I really hope this gorgeous Broadway vet gets another job on the TV. Maybe she and the other bunnies could catch a Pan Am flight and start new careers! ; )
What do you think? Did NBC cancel The Playboy Club too soon? Which network show is next? And what are kids these days watching? Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! xx