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“The Playboy Club” Gets Cancelled: Why Did It Suck So Much?

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Gloria Steinem, rejoice: “The Playboy Club” has been cancelled after only three episodes. Viewership dropped from 5 million to 3.2 million, which spooked NBC enough to give it the axe. While we are sorry the lovely and talented Amber Heard is out of a job, honestly that show sucked.

Let’s parse just why “The Playboy Club” failed to catch on with viewers after the jump:

  1. First of all, “The Playboy Club” was a blatant “Mad Men” rip-off. Eddie Cibrian was clearly just imitating Jon Hamm. If you don’t believe me, check out NYmag.com’s shot-by-shot comparison.
  2. Death by a high heel to the jugular is the most implausible way to die ever.
  3. I’m a fairly intelligent person and even I found the plot overstuffed with who-is-sleeping-with-who, who’s-a-criminal, and who-works-where-for-who. It was confusing — and not in an acceptable “Lost” way.
  4. Feminists like myself were turned off by the whitewashing (for lack of a better phrase) of Playboy’s contribution to women’s rights. To be sure, the mostly middle-class women who worked in Playboy Clubs or modeled for Playboy magazine earned their own money (and therefore had independence from men) at a time when that was fairly uncommon. No one disputes that the Playboy empire had a hand in the sexual revolution and therefore pro-sex feminism. But to draw a direct line between the two — as leading lady Amber Heard did in this annoying interview — is a grand overstatement. As one Frisky staffer put it, “It seemed like one big promotional stunt for Playboy.”
  5. Following that last point, the show was highly historically inaccurate (a point made by Gloria Steinem, herself a former Playboy Club waitress, when she urged a boycott of the show). “Mad Men” is also fictionalized, but show creator Matthew Weiner takes pains to ensure historical accuracy. Not so with “The Playboy Club.” In reality, working for a Playboy Club had a seedy side: for instance, bunnies/waitresses were required to be tested for STDs!
  6. To that end, there was something weirdly defensive about the show. Added another Frisky staffer, “It’s  like the creators knew there would criticism, so they made sure to make as many obvious references as possible to how liberal and lady-friendly Playboy was. Like Eddie Cibrian’s character saying he liked ‘smart women.’ Oh, give me a break.”

Even Hugh Hefner himself is Monday-morning-quarterbacking the cancellation. The octogenarian horndog tweeted his regrets: “I’m sorry NBC’s The Playboy Club’ didn’t find its audience. It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience.”

You mean like … “Mad Men”?

If anyone out there is mourning the loss of “The Playboy Club” and thinks we’ve totally got it wrong here, let us know what we’re missing in the comments. We’re not above being proven wrong.

[New York Post]

[MSNBC]

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