Given the resurgence in the popularity of the sitcom and the success of Whitney Cummings' new show Whitney on NBC (cough cough), it only makes sense that the network is looking to add another comedian-based show to next year's slate. And who better to try and single-handedly drag that network out of the ratings basement than Dane Cook, one of the biggest stand-up comics in the world?
Deadline reports that NBC has made a development deal with Cook to hopefully create a sitcom for next fall, quickly becoming the home to comedian shows. In addition to Whitney and Chelsea Handler's upcoming midseason series Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea, the network recently won a bidding war for a new half-hour series from Sarah Silverman. Will it be too many comedian sitcoms for one network to carry? Will Cook's massive audience help get finally get NBC some ratings?
Interesting that Cook is turning to TV. Though he's made several attempts, he's pretty much failed to get his movie career going -- as a leading man, anyway. This won't be the first time Cook has shot a sitcom, either; a 2004 attempt, Humor Me and another, Cooked (get it?) in 2005, both failed to go to series, probably because the comedian was not yet a household name. The two shows are available on DVD, however, packaged together as Dane Cook: The Lost Pilots. You Dane Cook completists surely already have it.
(via AV Club)
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