NBC Scoop: Dane Cook Comedy Next Caller Drops Cast Member

The new NBC comedy Next Caller has made a call of its own, by letting go one of its original cast members.

TVLine has learned that Wolé Parks (photo, second from left) isn’t moving forward with the Dane Cook-fronted comedy, in what sources call a “creative decision.”

Parks, whose previous credits include As the World Turns and Law & Order appearances, played Keith Calhoun in the single-camera sitcom, which follows a feminist public radio host (Cougar Town’s Collette Wolfe) as she starts her dream job at a New York-based satellite radio station. Said gig becomes a nightmare when she realizes her new co-host (Cook) is an abrasive, sexist boor.

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Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) plays Cook’s boss, and Ryan Devlin (Brothers & SistersCougar Town) guest-stars as the shock jock’s nemesis.

Post-pickup cast changes aren’t unusual, as creative teams and networks figure out which combination of characters and players works best for new shows. There is no word yet on whether Caller will recast the character of Keith or cut it altogether.

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Next Caller is set to debut midseason, along with the other new NBC sitcoms 1600 Penn (featuring Book of Mormon‘s Josh Gad as an out-of-control First Son) and Save Me (starring Anne Heche).

Comments (28)

  • Of course it’s the Black guy. Typical Hollywood.

    Comment by Cavaknights (@Cavaknights) – June 23, 2012 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 2nd from the left…just say “the black guy”


    Comment by HBOdor – June 23, 2012 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Surely wouldn’t dropping Dane Cook be the best creative decision?

    Comment by Floodlit World – June 23, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was my first reaction when I read the headline too…

      Comment by wordsmith – June 23, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • my first reaction was that the show itself was dropped…

        Comment by W – June 23, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was hoping Jeffery Tambor would leave so he wouldn’t have to be in the same show as Dane Cook.

      Comment by Johnny – June 23, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is this news? Shows make cast changes after the pilot is sold all the time. It’s actually pretty common.

    Comment by Eric Nixon – June 23, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dane Cook plays a boor – perfect casting.

    Comment by jo – June 23, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • not to rain on someone’s parade, but doesn’t the plot seem too much of a derivation of “The Ugly Truth” plot?

    Comment by R – June 23, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Creative thievery? Parish the thought!

      Comment by JC – June 23, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s what I thought too.

      Comment by dude – June 23, 2012 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC only ordered six episodes of this show. It will be next season’s “Bent,” gone before you know it.

    Comment by JC – June 23, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bent was actually pretty good. I wonder how this will be?

      Comment by Summer – June 24, 2012 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It has Dane Cook in it. So thats a clue.

        In case you don’t get the clue, feel free to tune in, and watch your television set commit suicide over the indignity of having to display a tv series starring Dane Cook.

        Comment by ElKabong – June 25, 2012 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Literally clicked on this link thinking “how much do you wanna bet it’ll be the one person of color?”

    Comment by susane – June 23, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC will under promote this show and push out 2 episodes a week for 3 weeks and be done with it. Letting the “black guy” go is a blessing in disguise.

    Comment by Jared – June 23, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now if they would just dump Dane Cook, they might have something!

    Comment by Me – June 23, 2012 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can someone explain to me the whole “drop Dane Cook” rants, why do people not like him?

    And they need to change the title of the show. I can’t see too many people talking about a show call Next Caller, sounds lame

    Comment by Ram510 – June 23, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doesn’t matter. I give this show 3 episodes max. Dane Cook can’t act out of a paper bag

    Comment by Ethan – June 23, 2012 11:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now, if they could only drop Dane Cook, then they’d have something…

    Comment by Jack R – June 24, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who’s seen it yet? If you haven’t seen it how can you say it’s bad?

    Comment by MalcolmS963 – June 24, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is so lame, “the black guy” is the lucky one. From the moment Cook walked onto the pilot and into the studio, where he wheeled his new co-host out and LOCK THE DOOR form the inside, I knew this was a farce. I’ve worked in radio for two decades, and NO studio has a lock from the inside (TOO MANY of us crazy on-air personalities). There is no basis for reality of believabiity on this show, and I think even non-radio people will pick up on that!

    Comment by TV Gord – June 24, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t know Dane Cook has a comedy coming out on NBC. Well by the picture it looks CANCELLED

    Comment by Ashley – June 25, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The black guy, what a shock!

    Comment by Lynn – June 26, 2012 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All u Dane cook haters are pathetic. Because at the end of the day, he still has millions of more dollars than u, more adoring fans than u, and more gorgeous women that would hop on his dick in a heartbeat than u. So stuff those facts down your hate pipe and smoke it :)

    Comment by Emma – June 27, 2012 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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