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NBC drops Dane Cook-led comedy from midseason schedule

NBC has put the kibosh on midseason newbie “Next Caller” from its lineup indefinitely, sources close to production confirmed.

The Dane Cook-led comedy was picked up in May by the network for a six-episode order. But the commitment wouldn’t last. It seems the network felt the series wasn’t moving in the right direction creatively.

Four of the six episodes were filmed before production was stopped. And those four will apparently not make it to air -- hey, not even as a movie special a la “Mockingbird Lane”? We’re crossing our fingers.

“Next Caller,” created and executive produced by Stephen Falk, centered on Cook as a crude radio DJ forced to partner up with a peppy NPR-trained feminist.

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