NBC Cancels Dane Cook Sitcom ‘Next Caller’ Before it Airs

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After “Retaliation” (2006) became the highest charting comedy album in nearly three decades, Dane Cook became a pop-culture name. After releasing three more albums, performing in numerous sold-out tours and stand-up specials and starring in a string of (some successful, some not-so successful) films, Dane Cook arguably became the biggest comic on the planet.

However, since starring in My Best Friend’s Girl in 2008, Cook has cooled off considerably. In 2010, he auditioned to play Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger, but failed to reach Joe Johnston’s short list for the part. Later that year, it was announced that Cook would star in a Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, but after encountering  financial problems, the production was delayed and, to this day, the project has yet to take off.

After wondering what had happened to Cook during the last couple of years, his loyal legion of fans was thrilled to hear in May that NBC had ordered six episodes of a  sitcom starring the comedian, called Next Caller. However, according to Deadline, even after the network filmed and produced four of the six episodes, it announced the show would not air, and NBC cancelled production.

Reportedly, the network was not pleased with the creative direction that the show was headed in. In the produced episodes, Cook played a character he’s pretty used to by now; a chauvinistic, foul-mouthed radio DJ at a local satellite station, who shares co-hosting duties with a feminist played by Collette Wolfe (Cougar Town). Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and Ryan Devlin (Brothers and Sisters) were also on board to play the station boss and Cook’s enemy, respectively, in the Stephen Falk (Weeds) created and produced series.

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Are these shows the reason for ‘Next Caller’s’ Cancellation?

Even though the series may have showed  promise, NBC’s decision could have been based on the fact that the network already has a sitcom with a radio DJ character that is doing quite well: Go On with Matthew Perry. In fact, NBC picked up that series for a full season, along with The New Normal.

Unfortunately for Cook and his fans, this marks the third time that a starring-vehicle for the comedian was not picked up. He endured failed pilots in 2004 (Humor Me) and 2005 (Cooked) before he hit the big time as a stand-up act, but  released the pilots on DVD in 2007 (The Lost Pilots).

Despite his recent string of bad luck, Cook still seems to have a large following that will continue to support him, and there’s little doubt that we will see more of him soon, in whatever medium or familiar role that may be.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Guess people in the business are finally catching on, his frat boy act has not evolved very much over the years.

  2. Thank God they didn’t chose him to be captain america

    • I know right?? When I read that I was like wait wtf?

      • As Captain America?!?!?! WTF!!!! That audition had to just be a favor to a friend. What disaster that would have been! holy crap!

    • Pretty sure Kevin Fieg spit on the exec that suggested that. I would.

  3. Dane has gotten a ton of unnecessary hate. True, most of his movies have really sucked, but so have Chris Rock’s, and the 2 things they have in common is they’re actually pretty gifted stand-up comedians. Dane’s last few certainly weren’t as good as his first few, but give the guy some credit. How is he a “frat boy” act? He doesn’t talk about college or drinking or getting high or stuff like that, his stand-up style is more similar to Louie C.K.

    • Didn’t he steal a joke [or jokes] from Louie C.K.?

    • LOL. Only someone clueless would mention in Dane Dumbass Cook in the same sentence as Chris Rock. Sorry mate, Cook has always catered to tweens and frat boys. If you watch Entourage, you probably want to blow Dane Cook too. He’s s**** as a comedian and I’m glad that we don’t have to see or hear that overrated piece of crap anytime soon.

    • Chris Rock is not a great actor, but to put Dane Cook in the same category as him as far as stand-up goes in a stretch. The Louie C.K. comparison just pulls that version of reality even further out of whack in my opinion.

      All of Cook’s stand-up that I have seen (which in all fairness was years ago), had very little to do with what Rock or C.K. do, and seemed to have a college aged demographic feel to it. as for his movies, I can’t say I have watched many of them because they all play the same. I did think he was okay in Mr. Deeds, but he was playing a jerk in that too. Upside was his character got hit in the head with a shovel for being a stupid a**.

  4. Might be because of that poor taste joke he did about the Colorado Theater shooting he did in August

  5. HAHA thats what he gets for stealing jokes from louie, and also saying that joke about the john homles shooting.

    Those people wanted to see the whole film but all they got were a few clips, now its ok to make fun of it but when he did it was to early.

  6. Thank God for small favors. Never found him a bit amusing. Oh and to put him in the same vein as Chris Rock…Well acting wise they are equal, Stand Up wise…..NOT EVEN CLOSE.

    Chris Rock is more mainstream. Dane Cook and his followers are mostly of the I downloaded his album off Itunes.

  7. Old news – heard this last week

    • there is rarely breaking news on this site

  8. the funniest cook could hope to be in future is if his career consisted only of cameo appearances,playing himself, in other comedians shows for the purpose of being abused over how unfunny he is.

  9. The biggest reason I don’t like Cook is because as soon as ticket sales started to slow down and his movies tanked he completely switched his act.
    If you listen to his earlier stuff and his 1st couple of albums he really wasn’t that vulgar or raunchy. He was at times but it wasn’t overboard. Now, he’s the exact opposite. You can tell he’s just trying to shock and be controversial.
    And IMO that’s not what the greats do. Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Louis C.K. And Jerry Seinfeld didn’t and don’t change their act to appeal to anyone and that’s why they are considered among the greats.

  10. I always found Dane Cook to be overrated. The guy isn’t funny and never was. His early work was okay but to compare him to Chris Rock is just dumb. Chris Rock isn’t a great actor but he is funny. His comedic work in stand up has maintained the same presence since his start of his career to today. Dane Cook is this generations Pauly Shore.

  11. I only ever saw Dane’s stand up when he played In The Round in Boston (forget what the show was called) but found it pretty funny. Only movie I’ve seen him in is Employee Of The Month where he was probably the best thing about it and funny in that too.

    I guess he’s like Ryan Reynolds, Jack Nicholson, Jack Black and others who pretty much have only one character in everything they do, it’s just that Dane must’ve pissed in a lot of cornflakes or something to be despised as much as he is.

    To make it clear, I’m a fan of Reynolds, Black and Nicholson so….

  12. Oh and to address the “stealing jokes” thing….

    Denis Leary and Peter Kay were also accused of the same thing but became hugely popular. Kay is the biggest comedian in the UK and has been extremely popular for the last 12 years despite the joke stealing accusations.

    As long as someone makes me laugh, meh, we’ve all stolen jokes.

    Besides, Dane is funnier than Russell Brand and he seems to be universally loved for some reason as an actor and comedian.

  13. I saw the pilot of this show at an industry event. It wasn’t very good. If it was a choice between this and ‘Go on’ they made the right choice.