NBC has seen enough. The Peacock Network announced it is pulling the plug on one of its new shows, which has struggled to find viewers during the first few weeks of the fall season.
"The Playboy Club" is being canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, NBC is extending its orders for two new sitcoms, “Up All Night” and “Whitney,” to full-season orders for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
"The Playboy Club" is the first cancellation of the new season. Besides poor ratings, the show has been subject to protests from watchdog groups, notably the Parents Television Council, over its racy content.
Reruns of "Prime Suspect" will air in "The Playboy Club’s" Monday 10 p.m. ET timeslot for three weeks, and on Oct. 31, "Rock Center with Brian Williams," the the network’s new newsmagazine, will debut in the slot.
Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, issued a statement on the comedy orders, saying, “We made comedy an important goal for us this season and I’m very pleased to be making full-season commitments to both ‘Whitney’ and ‘Up All Night.’ We’re thrilled with the creative direction of both shows as well as the potential for them to continue to build loyal audiences over the coming months. We’re proud of all of the producers, writers, actors, and directors who have worked so hard to bring these shows to life.”