'The Playboy Club:' Eddie Cibrian Injured on Set
Add injury to insult.
The same day NBC announced it was canceling The Playboy Club -- the first of the fall season -- star Eddie Cibrian sustained an injury on the Chicago set.
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Cibrian sustained a deep gash on his right heel after getting stuck under a 200-lb steel door, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released.
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"My husband is hurt...stitches in his Achilles!" tweeted his wife LeAnn Rimes.
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The Playboy Club will continue filming through Monday as producers hope to sell the controversial series to another network.
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Playboy Club's cancellation comes after the drama premiered Sept. 20 to underwhelming ratings, attracting 5 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The second episode of the series from showrunner Chad Hodge and 20th Century Fox Television, tumbled 19 percent, luring only 3.8 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo. Its most recent episode dropped even more, attracting 3.2 million viewers and a 1.2.
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The series faced a backlash almost from the start, as the Parents Television Council called for a boycott and urged sponsors to pull out of the show that starred Amber Heard and Cibrian in a 1960s-set story about the Chicago Playboy Club and the bunnies and men who loved them.
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Rock Center With Brian Williams will take over the time slot. It features Harry Smith, Kate Snow and other correspondents and anchors at NBC News, including Meredith Vieira, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Richard Engel, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.