Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."
But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow. We begin in a lavishly rendered fairy-tale land ...
It took years for The Playboy Club to hop into primetime. It took NBC three weeks to kill it.
Quick cancellations are nothing new in TV, but the rapid demise of The Playboy Club might serve as a cautionary tale for programmers as they depend more on familiar franchises and icons to attract distracted viewers.
With so much competition for the attention of viewers, network execs are looking for anything that might give them an edge in marketing and awareness — which is why so many remakes with familiar titles are hitting the air. The Playboy Club wasn't a reboot of an old show, but rather an original series looking to leverage a popular global brand.
NBC liked that the name "Playboy" would at least cut through the clutter of fall TV's slew of new series launches. "Many programmers would look at it and say, 'Here's a huge brand that should be able to...
Eddie Cibrian will replace newcomer Jeff Hephner in NBC's upcoming pilot Playboy, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Playboy follows Nick Dalton (Cibrian), a Chicago attorney in 1963 who is a key-holder at the Playboy club and has ties to organized crime. Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Naturi Naughton have been cast as Playboy bunnies. David Krumholtz co-stars as the club's general manager.
NBC has found its Hef — or "Heph," rather.
Jeff Hephner has scored the lead role in NBC's drama pilot Playboy, Deadline.com reports.
NBC developing drama set in Playboy clubs
The project takes place in 1963 and follows Nick Dalton (Hephner), a Chicago attorney who is a key-holder at the Playboy club and has ties to the mob.
Ghost Whisperer is back with an all-new original episode.
When the ghost of a private investigator haunts Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), she can't cross him over until she closes a very personal and haunting case. This is a great whodunit!
"Dead Eye" was written by executive producers P.K. Simonds and Laurie McCarthy. It was directed by John Behring.
This episode guest stars John Asher as Charlie (NCIS, CSI), Matt Lowe as Todd (Endwar, Double Trouble), Bruce Davison as Josh Bedford (X-men), Erin Chambers as Sherry (Cold Case, Medium), Jeff Hephner as Alex (Easy Money, Private Practice), and Allison Andreas as Brittany (Belittled, 8 Simple Rules).
Musically, the episode features "Cabin" by Mark Feldman, "In Case I Go Again" by Mikey Wax, "Lifetime" by Katharine McPhee (Verve Music Group), "Morning" by Michael Kisur, "Against the Girl" by In For the Kill, "Not A Lullaby" By The Weepies (Nettwerk), and "Ready to Love Again" by Lady Antebellum (Capital Records Nashville).