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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gloria Steinem comments on the cancellation of the Playboy Club

NBC cancelled the Playboy Club after airing only three episodes, making it the first cancellation of the 2011-2012 season. In August after NBC announced its fall lineup Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of the Women’s Media Center said she hoped people would boycott the show. “It’s just not telling the truth about the era.” In response to the news of the show’s cancellation, Steinem said: “That the Playboy Club TV series set a record for fast failure proves that you can’t lie to women about what was good for us in the past and what wasn’t. Mad Men tried to tell the truth, but the Playboy Club was history according to Hefner.” NBC had come under fire from both progressive feminist groups and conservative morality groups for its celebration of the Hugh Hefner brand. If the show had been a hit, NBC likely would have ignored any cultural or social criticism in favor of advertisers’ dollars, but after dismal ratings for the pilot episode, and successive episodes with even less viewers, they pulled out. (Although the show will remain in production till October 10 and there is potential for it to reemerge on cable). Read more at ONTD: