In case you missed it, I called it: The Playboy Club was the first casualty of the 2011 fall lineup. Sadly, at least for the producers and people with a bunny costume fetish, the show probably would have done really well on HBO, Showtime or even Starz. Here are eight more shows cancelled before their time, not necessarily because they needed bare tits, but because of network committee-think and dumbing down, which is basically everything we’ve come to expect from television, the bargain basement of entertainment.
A show about promiscuous teenagers on a network for promiscuous teenagers. What could possibly go wrong? Well, this is still America, the place where we’re supposed to pretend no one has sex until the age of 35 or so. MTV’s advertising campaign centered on the question of how they would adapt this notoriously racy British comedy (please, stop saying “Britcom”). The show got a TV-MA rating, meaning that most of the cast aren’t even supposed to watch it. Apparently, no one else did, either, the combination of controversy and having to pull punches for an American audience proving deadly.
Would Have Worked On: Skinemax. Duh.
To be fair, this show hung around a lot longer than anyone might have expected a David Lynch television show to. Still, in the final analysis, broadcast network committee think butchered this show and wrapped it in plastic. Network suits insisted the pure MacGuffin of “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” be answered, resulting in plummeting ratings and an increasingly stupid show. They could have dragged the question out for at least three or four years, but the suits got their way and we lost one of the best shows in television history.
Would Have Worked On: “It’s not TV, it’s HBO.”