<p><span></span><em>Life & Style</em> has learned that NBC's <em>The Playboy Club</em> has been taken off the air after only three episodes. </p>
A network insider tells Life & Style that the cast and crew are being notified today, Oct. 4, and that NBC is expected to make an announcement to the public shortly.
The premiere of the show -- which is set in 1963 and focuses on the lives of some of the famous Playboy Bunnies -- garnered only 5 million viewers in its Monday night prime-time slot on Sept. 19. Viewership dropped to 4 million the next week and early ratings for the Oct. 2 episode indicate that just 3.4 million tuned in.
NBC will fill Playboy's time slot with repeats of the new police drama Prime Suspect. The network also announced that new comedies Up All Night and Whitney would be picked up for the full season.
This isn't the first big blow for the show's star, Eddie Cibrian, 38, who starred as Nick Dalton in the ill-fated drama. His credits include a handful of canceled shows.
In 2006, his show Invasion, on ABC, was given the ax after its first season. Two of Eddie's later shows, Fox's Vanished and NBC's Chase, were both canceled.
Eddie, who is married to singer LeAnn Rimes, suffered another career misstep when his contract wasn't renewed on CBS' CSI: Miami and his character was killed off.
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