'Playboy Club' Canceled: NBC Cancels Drama, Replaces With 'Rock Center' News Magazine

NBC announced Tuesday that it has canceled "The Playboy Club." The period drama was the first casualty of the 2011-2012 season.

"Playboy" will be replaced with Brian Williams' new show, "Rock Center with Brian Williams." "Rock Center" will premiere on NBC Monday, October 31 at 10 pm.

"Playboy," NBC's 60's-era drama aimed towards the loyal "Mad Men" audience, was met with dismal ratings and mediocre reviews. Moreover, it drew instant controversy for its subject matter, including a call for a boycott by none other than Gloria Steinem. There had been widespread speculation recently that "Playboy" might be the first of the primetime hopefuls to get the chop. The most recent episode brought in only 3.4 million viewers.

NBC also ordered full seasons of two new comedies "Up All Night," starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, and "Whitney," starring Whitney Cummings.