‘Animal Practice’ To End Run Week Earlier

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 6:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Boo! NBC has pulled what was the last scheduled episode of cancelled freshman comedy Animal Practice, slated to air tomorrow night, Halloween. NBC was to keep Animal Practice on until Whitney takes over the Wednesday 8 PM slot … Read More »

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NBC Cancels ‘Animal Practice’, To Be Replaced By ‘Whitney’

By | Thursday October 18, 2012 @ 11:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

That 1.0 adults 18-49 rating last night didn’t do flailing new NBC comedy Animal Practice any favors. The network just announced that Animal Practice will be replaced by Whitney, whose second season will premiere November 14. Animal Practice will remain on the air until then.

It has been a fast fall from grace for Animal Practice, whose pilot was previewed during NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics’ Closing Ceremony. But the comedy starring Justin Kirk and Crystal the monkey never found traction when it launched last month. Meanwhile, NBC signaled that it may have other plans in store for returning comedies Whitney and Community last week when it pushed back the shows’ scheduled Friday debut. Whitney and Guys With Kids are the only multi-camera comedies on NBC, and now they will run together. The move brings Whitney to the Wednesday 8 PM slot where it aired for the second half of last season. Will Community re-join NBC’s Thursday night next? Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Comedies Up, ABC Comedies Down, ‘Supernatural’ On Par

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Accurate ratings for the night’s top attraction, the first Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, won’t be available until later in the day. If the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals are any indication, the broadcast networks ran neck-in-neck in their coverage of the debate, with NBC in the … Read More »

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Bob Costas Disses NBC Olympic Coverage

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 12:05am PDT

Bob Costas tonight wryly criticized his bosses, their London Olympics coverage, and NBC‘s infamous sneak preview of its new fall show Animal Practice (“evidently a comedy, at least we’re hoping it is”) to Conan O’Brien, who replied “You’re the best guest ever!”:

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Showrunner Change On NBC’s ‘Animal Practice’ – Marco Pennette To Take Over

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There is a change at the helm of NBC‘s upcoming comedy series Animal Practice (formerly Animal Kingdom). Gail Lerner, who joined the show after the pilot as executive producer/showrunner, is departing, with Marco Pennette coming in … Read More »

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‘Animal Practice’ Producers Say Broad Comedy Won’t Cross The Line: TCA

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 3:51pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Animal Practice MonkeyWill NBC be able to get the monkey off its back at these TCAs? If the fact that today’s panel on the new comedy series Animal Practice featured a live monkey “doctor” wearing tiny scrubs and driving a miniature ambulance is any indication, the answer is a resounding no. The driver was Crystal, the female capuchin monkey who portrays the show’s Dr. Rizzo, sidekick to veterinarian George Coleman (Justin Kirk). Crystal’s credits include The Hangover Part II and the Night At The Museum movies. She cruised onto the stage the near the end of the panel, her mini-ambulance siren blaring and lights flashing, and waved her little hand.

During this morning’s executive session, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt lauded his beleaguered network for being “No. 3” (that is, not rock-bottom at No. 4) among adults 18-49. But the executive also admitted (with understatement) that NBC is “in a transition with our comedy programming” and said that new comedies, including Animal Practice, are aimed at broadening the comedy audience beyond that of its critically acclaimed but low-rated comedies including Community and Parks And Recreation. But both for Greenblatt and the producers of Animal Practice, today’s question has been: How broad is too broad? (Greenblatt had enough of a sense of humor to take the podium again to quote some of today’s mocking TCA tweets, including: “We’re proud to be No. 3, and we have a monkey!”) Read More »

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JoAnna Garcia Set As Female Lead In New NBC Comedy ‘Animal Practice’

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Better With You star JoAnna Garcia has been tapped as the female lead opposite Justin Kirk in NBC’s new fall comedy series Animal Practice. The office comedy stars Kirk as George, a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates … Read More »

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Betsy Sodaro Upped To Regular On New NBC Comedy ‘Animal Practice’

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 2:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Up-and-comer Betsy Sodaro has been upped to a regular on NBC’s new single-camera comedy series Animal Practice, which stars Justin Kirk as a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates their owners. Sodaro plays Angela, an animal handler. She … Read More »

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NBC First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

Nellie Andreeva

Sitcoms expand to four nights this fall including Tuesday and Friday nights. New dramas from Dick Wolf and JJ Abrams. Here’s your first look:

NBC’s Save Me - Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film. Novelist John Scott Shepherd is executive producer/creator along with executive producer/director Scott Winant and executive producers Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon, and Alexa Junge:

NBC’s 1600 Penn - Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox. From executive producer/director Jason Winer. The executive producers are Winer (who also directed the pilot), Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett:

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Gail Lerner Joins New NBC Comedy Series ‘Animal Practice’ As Showrunner

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 8:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Gail Lerner Animal PracticeEXCLUSIVE: Gail Lerner has come aboard NBC’s newly picked up comedy series Animal Practice as executive producer/showrunner. Created by feature writers Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, Animal Practice is a single-camera office comedy centered on … Read More »

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‘Animal Practice’ To Recast Female Lead

By | Tuesday May 8, 2012 @ 6:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

And we have the first recasting on a newly picked up broadcast series. I’ve learned that Amy Huberman, who played the female lead in the NBC single-camera comedy pilot Animal Practice, won’t continue on the project, which was ordered Read More »

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