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NBC is Keeping 'The Playboy Club' and 'Free Agents' For Now

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Sep 30, 2011 | 6:54am EDT

Laura Benanti NBC Playboy ClubThough the PTC is heavily aiming its ammunition at NBC's The Playboy Club, it seems that NBC isn't planning to yield anytime soon. Even though its ratings are nothing short of dismal, it seems that the network is prepared to give it and its fellow ratings bust, Free Agents, a shot at nabbing an audience.

But why would NBC allow these low-rated shows continue on their merry ways? Well, network head Robert Greenblatt is a student of cable TV practices, where allowing a series an entire season to get a foothold is a common practice. And on a network where pulling the plug immediately tends to just usher in more mediocre material that continues to land them in last place, a novel approach may be the answer. With Free Agents, I'm not sure how great of a shot it has considering its lack of focus, but The Playboy Club has a feel similar to the long-running prime-time soap Las Vegas, so it just may be able to weasel its way into a few hearts.

In addition to these shows, Maria Bello's Prime Suspect is also on the bubble, though its crime procedural form may have trouble grabbing onto any more people on a night that includes The Mentalist and JJ Abrams brainchild, Person of Interest.

Then again, if that doesn't happen soon, we probably can't expect Greenblatt's nice little game to continue. According to Aol TV, the network is holding Brian Williams' magazine show, Rock Center, to take the Monday night 10 p.m. slot. So, these shows are getting an extra shot, but not a giant one. It's still network TV and NBC is still in last place.

Source: Aol TV

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