Earlier this week, NBC’s The Playboy Club—starring Cuban actor Eddie Cibrian—became the first official cancellation of the 2011-12 TV season. The peacock network announced that it was pulling the plug on the period drama after the show's third episode drew just over three million viewers (a very low number for a primetime drama on a major network). But if you ask us, The Playboy Club had a lot of potential. Cibrian was fantastic on the show and this past summer we named the show one of the 5 Best New Shows of the Fall.
This isn't the first time one of Cibrian's shows have been cancelled too early—here are five other shows starring the Cuban actor that got the ax way too soon.
1. Eddie Cibrian: Chase
After he was unceremoniously booted from CBS’ hit show, CSI: Miami, Eddie joined the cast of the NBC drama Chase as a bounty hunter named Ben Crowley for a multi-episode arc. The Cuban actor had the potential to become a series regular on the show, unfortunately Chase—which centered on a team of U.S. marshalls hunting America's top fugitives—struggled in the ratings and the peacock network did not renew the show for a second season.
2. Eddie Cibrian: Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach (1997-1999)
On February 21st, 1997, Cibrian replaced actor Ashley Hamilton in the role of jewel thief Cole Deschannel (AKA Cole St. John) on the Aaron Spelling produced soap, Sunset Beach. Unfortunately, the show—which was a guilty pleasure for fans and chronicled the lives of people living in a fictional coastal city named Sunset Beach—was cancelled after just two seasons in December of 1999.
3. Eddie Cibrian: Invasion
In the shortlived ABC series, which was similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Cibrian played Everglades park ranger, Russell Varon.
4. Eddie Cibrian: Baywatch Nights
Baywatch Nights (1996-1997)
Cibrian played Griff Walker in the much-less successful Baywatch spin-off, which lasted just two seasons.
5. Eddie Cibrian: Vanished
This conspiracy drama was a satisfying mystery that starred Cibrian as an FBI Agent named Daniel Lucas. But the series vanished (pun intended) after just one season.