Dane Cook To Star In A New Sitcom For NBC

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 2:12 pm,

Dane Cook, raucous stand-up comedian and sometimes actor, is following in the footsteps of many in his profession by signing a deal with NBC – which will see him his star in very own sitcom. Cook will join his contemporaries, like Whitney star Whitney Cummings, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler – all of whom have either landed deals, or have already seen their program debut on the peacock network.

Reportedly, Cook’s deal with NBC affords him the opportunity to not only star in the proposed sitcom, but also serve as producer through his company SUperFInger Entertainment. As previously noted, Cook and NBC are aiming at a fall 2012 airdate for the currently untitled program.

Cook, who has been transitioning his career more toward the acting side of things, has mostly made his presence felt in theatrical releases like the Kevin Costner thriller Mr. Brooks, and with roles in more-or-less humorous outings like Dan in Real Life, Employee of the Month, My Best Friend’s Girl and Good Luck Chuck - though he will be best remembered for his brief appearance as the Waffler in the ensemble superhero comedy Mystery Men :-P.

More recently, however, the comic has made two appearances on the small screen, playing brother to Danny ‘Danno’ Williams (Scott Caan) on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, but more importantly, the comedian made an appearance on FX’s critically acclaimed Louie to address accusations he lifted material from Louis C.K.’s routine and repurposed it as his own. The episode became on of Louie’s most talked about in an already buzz-worthy season.

Whatever side one takes in relation to Dane Cook and the joke-stealing claims, his appearance on Louie certainly took guts – and, at the very least, earned him some small pass from even his harshest critics.

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Louis C.K. and Dane Cook hash it out on FX’s ‘Louie’

Still, despite having his fair share of detractors, Cook’s shows have managed to fill arenas to capacity, and helped sell millions of copies of his comedy albums. That kind of success is hard for network executives to ignore.

With the recent spate of comedians signing deals to create and star in their own sitcoms, it sounds as though the struggling NBC is trying to relive the halcyon days when Seinfeld ruled the airwaves, and every up-and-coming comedian looked like ratings gold.

So far, though, it’s looking like you really can’t go back. In its initial outing, Whitney failed to charm most critics, and Handler’s sitcom was essentially sent back to formula prior to the fall season. Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea is now slated to be a midseason replacement for the network.

At present, there has been no word whether Louis C.K. will be writing for Cook’s show in any capacity – official or otherwise.

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Expect more news as Dane Cook’s new sitcom will likely drop next year on NBC.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Seriously, why do people keep PAYING this man???

  2. Good for him, but I honestly think he’s one of the most unfunny comedians out there.

  3. Who?
    XD

  4. It’s going to be like Whitney all over again… in fact I bet this will take Whitney’s place… when will NBC learn?

  5. Even fortune cookies are saying Dane Cook isn’t funny … http://placeitonluckydan.com/2011/07/recession-fortune-cookies/

  6. Dane Cook must have pictures of CEO/CFO-level entertainment execs in compromising positions with farm animals and/or children.

    I find no other explanation for him finding so many opportunities int he industry. I have never said, ‘Dane Cook’s inthat! I must see it!”

    Everything I have seen him was rather, “Meh…”

  7. who the hell is running things over at NBC everything theyve spit out after 30 rock has been terrible

  8. I pray Community is not replaced by this.

    • Oh my, I would be furious.

      The premiere of Community didn’t do very well in ratings. But I mean, NBC will probably cancel Whitney and the Playboy Club, at least, not to mention Grimm and others, so I think Community will be safe. Chuck gets renewed year after year, after all.

      And also, the reason why 30 Rock was moved to mid season was because Tina was pregnant for the first few months of what would have been production, and now she’s on leave for a little while longer to rest. They haven’t started filming yet.

    • What do we have to do to keep community on air? I will do it. After seeing Firefly go, I cannot see another favourite ripped away.

  9. Dane Cook and Ryan Reynold’s should do a body switch comedy together…..

  10. It seems like a natural “next career move” for him. Just like Cosby, Seinfeld, Romano, Kevin James, Louis C.K, Chris Rock etc…
    I wish him all the luck in the world!

  11. Wow all these dane cook haters? GTFO! dane cook is the funniest stand up comedian alive and you clearly all lack personality…. sufi<3

    • Yes, every single person who dislikes Dane Cook “clearly lacks personality” and is 100% wrong. Because comedy couldn’t possibly be subjective, could it? *sigh*

    • Bob Hope is funnier…and that’s despite having passed away years ago.

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