Dane Cook is teaming up with NBC to headline his own network comedy series. Reports are that Cook signed a development deal with the peacock network for a half-hour show that will begin in the fall of 2012. Cook and his production company SUperFInger Entertainment will run the show.
It seems that a lot of comedians are being tapped hard by television networks of late – Sarah Silverman signed a similar deal with the NBC a few weeks ago, with the success Louis C.K. and Whitney Cummings are having with their current television projects this trend will undoubtedly only grow.
Before you get all uppity, yes there are plenty of examples of comedians being tapped for television in the past but we seem to have entered a renaissance of seeing more stand-ups in both major and supporting roles. A quick once-over of just network TV shows and we have about a dozen stand-ups with lead or supporting roles. This isn’t counting those that got their start in sketch comedy (sorry Amy, Maya, Chevy, and all of SNL) and the number swells even larger once you take cable into consideration.
Cook hasn’t done much TV besides a small part on short-lived sitcom ages ago. He also made appearances on American Idol and Hawaii Five-0. But this doesn’t mean he’s not able to generate hype in the format. A much buzzed about on season 2 of Louie was a highlight of a stellar season and it left many comedy fans with a different opinion about Cook as a stand-up. What he’s not unfamiliar with is the ability to make people laugh and if he’s able to translate that into his new show he might have a new medium to hang out with his faithful fanbase.