Dane Cook, seen here at a movie premiere in 2011, had his new NBC show canceled before a single episode was shown. (Photo : Reuters)
As Deadline reported earlier, NBC has decided to cancel their new show "Next Caller" before showing a single episode.
The comedy, that was to star Dane Cook, was given the green light in May by NBC for at least six episodes as a midseason replacement show. The station had relatively high expectations for the show, as they were prepared to produce more episodes based off of Cook's comedic appeal if the first six episodes did well.
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Even though four episodes have already been filmed, none of them will be showed by NBC.
The show, which was produced by Lionsgate and Universal TV, stopped production and the episodes that were already filmed will not see the light of day. NBC executives were reportedly mad that the series wasn't moving in the right direction creatively according to the Los Angeles Times.
The show was about a rude radio host played by Cook who was required to team with a feminist played by Collette Wolfe who got her start hosting a show for NPR. Former Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor was also to have a supporting role in the series.
"Next Caller" was written by Stephen Falk, whose past credentials include writing and producing for the controversial Showtime show "Weeds".
NBC has now canceled two shows already this year, after changing their mind on the direction of "The Munsters" remake "Mockingbird Lane" as well. "Mockingbird Lane" was also going to be a midseason replacement, but the channel changed their minds after already beginning to shoot the pilot episode.
Instead, the pilot episode will be turned into a one-time Halloween special event that will be broadcasted on Friday, Oct. 26.
NBC has decided to pick up "The New Normal" and "Go On" for full seasons, meanwhile ratings for "Guys With Kids" and "Animal Practice" have not been good.