Stephen Falk is mad as hell and he is not going to take it anymore. After NBC tossed his series, Next Caller, before it even aired, Falk was not a happy man. I was stunned - why would NBC not air a series staring Dane Cook? In all honestly, they air the tragic Whitney - why not give Cook a chance to annoy America (more than he already does).
Falk posted a long rant on his website discussing the cancellation and his feelings about NBC.
"You will talk them through the tears and confusion — attempt to ameliorate the soon-to-be full-blown PTSD taking root already in them, all the while pre-knowing yours will go untreated and indeed sneak up on you weeks later... Everything has stopped. This is the moment after the 10.0 earthquake. Suddenly, nothing is the same," wrote Falk. I can understand being upset, but comparing a show being cancelled to a 10.0 earthquake? Uh, okay dude.
"As to why the decision was made to peacock us," he wrote, "there are many theories and reasons and sub-reasons — many having to do with them having no place for us with 5 midseason shows and never really committing to us that much in the first place by only ordering six episodes, and needing to focus advertising dollars on other shows that were working when some of their other new shows didn’t. But what it comes down to in the end is, I think, that they just didn’t like what I was doing that much."
Earth to Falk - you were creating a terrible show with a terrible premise and a terrible main star. Maybe - just maybe - that had something to do with it.
"I don’t really blame anyone. The network executives are people doing a difficult job. People I mostly really like. I was a first-time showrunner 3,000 miles away — naturally it was not the most comfortable position for them. They couldn’t really keep an eye on me or give me notes in person... We are monkeys who need to look into each other’s faces to gauge true intent, and on speakerphone with 11 people (9 of whom you haven’t met) giving you notes on something you’ve made your whole writing staff stay up until 3am working on in the room, miscommunication can be the only outcome," he continued.
I don't even know what to say. I feel bad for him, but this just seems pathetic.