Naturi Naughton’s ‘The Playboy Club’ Cancelled!

Posted on October 4, 2011 /TV

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NBC has cancelled controversial drama The Playboy Club.

The cancellation takes effect immediately, and comes after steadily declining ratings of just three episodes. Last week it was revealed that seven advertisers pulled out of the show due to the sexual controversy surrounding it. The show will be eventually replaced by Brian Williams’ newsmagazine show, “Rock Center” on Oct. 31.

Naturi Naughton (“Notorious,” “Fame“) played Bunny Brenda, one of the very first black bunnies to work at the famed Chicago club. Her storyline was loosely based on Jennifer Jackson, the first black playmate.

The actress revealed that she went through an extensive auditioning process. “It was a total of about four call backs and every time I was excited to go in and just prove that I could bring Bunny Brenda to life. I sang at my audition as well. I actually sang a Nat King Cole song, ‘When I Fall in Love’ and I also did three scenes. I loved the process. I felt like I worked hard for it and at the end of the day it’s so much more rewarding when things don’t always come easy,” said Naughton.

“Most of my preparation for this role was research, so not much physical preparation, but mentally preparing myself, you know, going back into time especially when doing a period piece like this, a show that takes place in 1961 and also being one of the first black bunnies. So I read a lot. I actually watched a documentary called ‘The Bunny Years’ … I read the book ’50 Years of the Playboy Bunny,’ which was awesome. I researched Hugh Hefner and how much he was such a progressive, rebellious man at the time by integrating The Playboy Club.”

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