NBC has decided to not air Dane Cook’s comedy during the network’s mid-season lineup.
Universal TV and Lionsgate TV produced the first four episodes of the show after NBC called for six. Network executives then decided to pull the plug after the four episodes – none of which will air.
Cook played a satellite radio DJ in the ‘Next Caller,’ which was picked up last May by the network along with several other shows. The Hollywood Reporter notes that NBC picked up seven shows in total last spring, but has only gone through with two; ‘1600 Penn’ and ‘Save Me’ for its mid-season lineup.
Former ‘Weeds’ writer and producer Stephen Falk wrote the short-lived sitcom, which was shot in single-camera format.
Cook took to his Twitter account to announce the show’s falling out with the network:
After 4 episodes Next Caller has been politely asked to leave the building. I can only hope we get syndicated because that money is bomb!
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 13, 2012