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"Next Caller" was supposed to be stand-up star Dane Cook's entrée into television after scattered movie roles and guest spots on "Louie" and "Hawaii Five-0," a single-camera comedy about a chauvinistic DJ (played by Cook) and a feminist formerly employed at NPR (Collette Wolfe) who end up co-hosting a call-in show about relationships. NBC intended the series to be a 2012-2013 mid-season replacement and ordered six half-hour episodes, only to cancel the show in October before ever airing it. On Tumblr, the show's creator and showrunner Stephen Falk (a co-executive producer on "Weeds") has weighed in with a painful, funny and brutally honest post about what it felt like to have his project abruptly snuffed out while mantaining an admirable sense of balance (sorry, anyone in search of ill-considered, embittered public rage). He offers some thoughts about why it happened, and writes that "what it comes down to in. »

- Alison Willmore

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