So Long Playboy Club/Potentially Interesting Gay Subplot
By Raef Harrison
Most of the networks' new fall shows have had their premieres, with the usual hits and misses. And while fall premieres are always exciting, what's even more fun are the fall cancellations!
The Playboy Club, NBC's answer to Mad Men, is first on the block, getting the axe after only two episodes into the season. According to TV Guide:
The drama, starring Eddie Cibrian, has struggled since its premiere, averaging about 3 million viewers. Last week, the Parents Television Council urged sponsors to pull out of the show and called for NBC to cancel the "degrading and sexualizing program immediately."
While it did have its problems (akward 'Hugh Heffner' appearances, death by stiletto), the gay subplot that was building—diving into the beginning of the underground gay group Mattachine—was kind of intriguing. We can't help but wonder: was it the ladies in the colorful bunny costumes that offended, or is NBC's audience just not ready to learn about gay history in primetime?