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Dane Cook to Star in NBC Comedy Pilot

The comedian-turned-feature actor will play a grouchy alpha male DJ in "Next Caller Please" from "Weeds" producer Stephen Falk.

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Dane Cook is heading to series television.

The stand-up comic-turned-feature actor has been tapped to star in NBC's comedy pilot Next Caller Please, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera series revolves around Cam Doherty, a brash alpha male DJ and his feminist co-host set in the office of a satellite radio station.

Cook will play Cam, the disheveled, unshaven, hung-over and purposely detached magnetic grouch who doesn't like that his co-host is a woman.

Weeds producer Stephen Falk will write and executive produce Next Caller Please. Like Weeds, the project hails from Universal Television and Lionsgate TV. Marc Buckland will direct the pilot

Collette Wolfe will play his co-host, Stella, in the gender comedy, while Joy Osmanski is on board to portray Winnie, Stella's producer, who recruits her to the radio show.

Cook's casting is the latest in a string of feature actors booking broadcast pilots. He joins Kevin Bacon (Kevin Williamson's serial killer drama), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Fox's Guilty), Mira Sorvino (CBS' Trooper) and Dennis Quaid (CBS' untitled Ralph Lamb Western), among others.

Cook, whose recent credits include features My Best Friend's Girl, Dan in Real Life, Mr. Brooks and Employee of the Month, is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman. Cook's casting comes as part of the actor's overall deal at the network, which he inked in September.

Known for his stand-up comedy, Cook also guest starred last year on CBS' Hawaii Five-0. Should Next Caller Please be ordered to series, it would mark his first starring turn on network show. 

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