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'The Playboy Club' Star Eddie Cibrian Injures Right Heel on Set

Peter Kramer/NBC(CHICAGO) -- The Playboy Club actor Eddie Cibrian suffered injury to insult Tuesday night, just hours after the NBC drama was cancelled after three episodes. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Cibrian suffered a deep gash in his right heel while running down an alley in Chicago. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Cibrian's wife, country singer LeAnn Rimes, confirmed the injury on her Twitter feed, writing, "My husband is hurt...stitches in his Achilles!"

Despite NBC's cancellation of The Playboy Club, the show will continue to shoot scenes through next Monday. Reportedly, producers hope to shop the show to another network.

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NBC’s 'The Playboy Club' the First Casualty of the 2011 TV Season

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As expected, TV’s class of 2011 has some promising new entries, and some bona fide duds. NBC has picked up two new comedies, Up All Night and Whitney, for a full season, but the party’s over for The Playboy Club. The underperforming drama, which launched amid much hype on Sept. 19, will be replaced on Monday nights with repeats of Prime Suspect until Oct. 31, when the news show Rock Center with Brian Williams debuts.

The Parents Television Council, which had blasted The Playboy Club over what it saw as the show's strong sexual content and had called for sponsors to pull their spots from the show, issued a press release celebrating the cancellation, calling the show a “poor programming decision from the start” and a “violation of the public trust.” However, an NBC spokesperson told ABC News Radio that the only thing that shut down The Playboy Club was poor ratings, not pressure from the PTC.

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'Pan Am:' What Critics Are Saying

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Pan Am, the new ABC series set in the 1960s whose focus is the lives of stewardesses, played by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse, premiered Sunday night.

Critics drew comparisons to Mad Men and NBC’s The Playboy Club, other series also set in the ’60s. Here’s what they had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter:  “Pan Am seems most intent on making the idea of the ’60s and stewardesses and ‘the jet age’ more glamorous than real. It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, a la Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day. It only has the magazine ad dreams of the times – girls don’t have to be their mothers; they can also be modern women who get weighed at work and dumped at 32 for being too old.” — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times:  “Mad Men, which returns for a fifth season next year, is unquestionably a far better show, but Pan Am,  like The Playboy Club, which began on NBC this week, may be a more accurate reflection of our own insecurities. Viewers may not see anything particularly fresh about this show’s foursome of stewardesses, however. The Pan Am heroines represent the dawning of the women’s movement, and they are not fully formed characters so much as stick figures borrowed from a Rona Jaffe novel.” – Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

The New Yorker:  “Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work. … The show makes me think of the difference between Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the movie version: Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed.” — Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

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