Seriously. What is going on at NBC? Earlier this week, the network announced that, despite scheduling and promoting the Oct. 19 premiere dates of Community and Whitney, the shows would not air as planned. And now we hear that Dane Cook’s show Next Caller, set for a midseason start has been pulled entirely– even after shooting four episodes. Cook told his nearly 3 million Twitter followers that, “After 4 episodes, Next Caller has been politely asked to leave the building,” and then joked, “I can only hope we get syndicated because that money is bomb!”
Next Caller was to revolve around Cook, a smart-ass, sexist satellite radio DJ who finds himself forced to work with a new co-host, an intelligent NPR-type, played by Collette Wolfe. Comedy veteran Jeffrey Tambor (who’s also working on the fourth season of Arrested Development), played Cook and Wolfe’s boss.
“Loved my cast & crew (not sure of their names.. didn’t have time to learn them),” Cook continued in a second tweet. “But will never forget my 37 hours working on Next Brawler.”
Before NBC flaked on Cook’s show and Community and Whitney — both of which have no new start dates — drastic budget cuts at the network forced Jay Leno to take a 50 percent decrease in pay– even after 20 Tonight Show staffers had been laid off. The network was also set to produce a Munsters remake, but instead decided to air it as a one-off Halloween special on Oct. 26.