Try as they might, the bunnies of NBC’s The Playboy Club couldn’t shake their cute little tails long enough to keep viewers interested. Playboy is the first casualty of the 2011-2012 TV season, getting cancelled after just three episodes. That’s not surprising, since in our Ladies Be Filmin’ series, Leila Cohan-Miccio reported that the pilot was incredibly boring despite having so many plotlines, and that the dialogue and characters all fall flat:
The ensemble is strong and the costumes are to die for, but there’s not much else to recommend The Playboy Club. The dialogue is leaden (“If I wanted complaints, I’d call my wife”), the characters two-dimensional, and there are just too many plots for a pilot. The overall effect is shockingly dull, especially for a show marketing itself on glamour and intrigue.
The thing is, Leila didn’t have much better to say about NBC’s other new show Whitney, which earned a full season order from the network: I can imagine a world where the first few drafts of this pilot were really funny and it just got watered down to appeal to as many people as possible. But apparently NBC’s true initiative for this season was not to push a Mad Men spin-off, but instead to beef up its already strong comedy lineup. NBC entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt explains,
“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.”
Despite our issues with a show like Whitney, it seems to be the lesser of two evils: Whitney Cummings‘ views on women and relationships may follow stereotypes, but at least she and the strong females played by Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph (on Up All Night) are actually doing something, instead of standing around and looking pretty like Amber Heard and co. did on The Playboy Club (RIP).
And yes, we’re big fans of Up All Night!