NBC announced last Friday that it had canceled its midseason Dane Cook vehicle Next Caller before airing a single episode.

The show would have revolved around an egotistical, misogynistic radio DJ (Cook) "forced to share the microphone for a relationship call-in show" with a "perky feminist" (Collette Wolfe) who previously worked at NPR.

According to Deadline, which first reported the news, the network was unhappy with the show's "creative direction."

That part isn't surprising.

What is surprising, however, is that Next Caller had already finished filming four episodes out of its six-episode order when the call came in to pack up and leave.

As SplitSider points out, networks almost always "burn off" the queued-up episodes of canceled shows, meaning Next Caller must have been really bad for NBC to keep the four episodes it spent big bucks producing off the air.

How bad could "really bad" really be? Perhaps this post-cancellation tweet from Cook might be able to shed some light on that: "Sometimes during sex I pretend I'm a cyborg using my cock as a data cable. Once inserted I act like I'm downloading dreams for fuel."

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