5:39pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Pulls Plug on Dane Cook Comedy 'Next Caller'
NBC has hung up on Next Caller.
The midseason comedy starring Dane Cook as a chauvinistic DJ will not move forward at the network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The Lionsgate/Universal Television co-production was picked up in May with a six-episode order and set to join the network's midseason lineup. Sources confirm to THR that the four episodes that have already been filmed will not air as the series did not heading in the creative direction the Robert Greenblatt-led network had expected.
Weeds alum Stephen Falk wrote and executive produced the single-camera comedy, which is set in the office of a satellite radio station. The series was one of seven comedies NBC greenlit in May and leaves 1600 Penn and the Anne Heche starrer Save Me among the network's midseason offerings.
NBC so far has given full-season orders to two of its freshman comedies: Matthew Perry vehicle Go On and Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler's gay family comedy The New Normal.
Last Caller marks the latest NBC project to get the ax, joining the pilot for its Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, which instead of moving to series will air Oct. 26 as a Halloween special.