UPN Signs Development Deal With Comedian Cook

By Michelle
March 30, 2003 - 10:23 PM

Dane Cook, a stand-up comic known for physical comedy reminiscent of Jim Carrey's, has signed a six-figure development deal with UPN for a series for next year.

Cook told The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes to "break new ground in television". He is considering both comedy and drama scripts for the project, slated to debut at mid-season. With Buffy the Vampire Slayer ending its run and declining ratings for shows like Enterprise and Smackdown!, UPN is looking to draw in more viewers in its target youthful demographic.

Cook won acclaim for a special on Comedy Central, where he later did voice work for Crank Yankers. Material from the special will be released on a DVD from the cable network's new record division in May. He also appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

"I am really looking forward to being a part of a network where they are taking chances and exciting risks," the actor said. But there is no guarantee the network will air any show Cook produces, as it has several other new shows in development.

More information can be found in The Hollywood Reporter.

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