May 11, 2012

THE SKED: NBC Still At it



More, more, more news from The Peacock:

Try to hold on to your lunch:  WHITNEY is back, lack of quality (and even lack of ratings) apparently not meaning too much at the network these days.  (At least it seems to be confirmed that PARKS & RECREATION has a full 22-episode order, not the reduced 13 that had been buzzed.)

And apparently NBC still didn’t have enough comedies, because it’s picked up another.  NEXT CALLER has gotten a short order, reportedly 6 episodes, for a test run sometime during the season.  The show stars Dane Cook as a DJ, with Colette Wolfe (who recurred in an arc on Cougar Town) as his “plucky” co-host, with whom he can presumably exchange quips and romantic sparks.  The show, from Universal TV, is written by Stephen Falk, previously a writer on Weeds.

This gives NBC a whopping 13 comedies for next season, so the network certainly won’t be lacking inventory.  ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA, BENT, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER and the drama AWAKE are officially canceled.

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."