Dane Cook’s NBC sitcom, “Next Caller,” a show about an offensive shock jock that was set to air at mid-season, has been cancelled — like “Mockingbird Lane” — before it has even aired, according to a tweet by Dane Cook. It’s a latest in a series of weird moves for NBC, which also decided to pull “Community” and “Whitney” from their Friday time slots two weeks before they aired, postponing them indefinitely. I saw the “Next Caller” pilot, and while it wasn’t a particularly good show, it’s better than “Animal Practice” and “Guys with Kids.” Then again, anything that takes a job away from Dane Cook is aces in my book.
Meanwhile, “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul has landed his first paycheck role, signing on as one of the leads on Need for Speed, which initially sounds like a cool movie about a hyperactive drug addict. Unfortunately, it’s another video game movie, adapted from the EA series of the same name. George and John Gatin came up with the story, and this is how I know it’s a paycheck role: John Gatin also wrote the screenplays for Real Steel and Coach Carter. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct, according to EW. A warning, Aaron Paul: You’re a great actor, a charming personality, and deserve ALL the good things, but don’t let Hollywood try and convince you that you’re the next blockbuster leading man. We don’t want to see you suffer from Taylor Kitschitis. Do yourself a favor: Follow Ryan Gosling around, and take everything he turns down.
In other movie news, according to Variety, Christoph Waltz has signed on to play former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Mike Newell’s Reykjavik. Michael Douglas will play Ronald Reagan in a film about the famous meeting between Gorbachev and Reagan in Iceland, signaling the end of the cold car.
Edgar Wright’s Ant Man is really, really happening. In fact, Marvel has given it a release date: November 6, 2015. Hang in there, old-timers! You’ve got one more reason to live.
While we can all look forward to President Obama appearing on “The Daily Show,” this Thursday for the second time since he took office, it’s been announced that Mitt Romney is abandoning his plans to appear on “The View” this week, due to “scheduling” concerns. His wife Ann will go in his stead. What’s wrong, Mitt? Too high risk for you? Are you really that afraid of a woman named Whoopi (he should be; she would’ve ripped Romney a new asshole). I’m guessing that means that we won’t be seeing any of Mitt Romney outside of an environment that he can control until the election.
While we’re discussing politics: Fox News had a psychiatrist on the show this morning to diagnose Vice President Joe Biden following his debate performance last Thursday. According to Dr. Keith Ablow — A REAL DOCTOR — Biden is either suffering from dementia or he was drunk during the debate.
You gotta hand it to those guys: Nobody changes a narrative better than Fox News. They are pure evil, but they’re kind of brilliant, too.