Animal Practice is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from August 12 to October 24, 2012, on the network's Fall 2012 television schedule. The series premiered after the end of the 2012 Olympic games (which the network was showing) and was produced by Universal Television and American Work. The series starred Justin Kirk and is set at a veterinary office.
The series was canceled on October 18, 2012, due to low ratings, and the series was replaced by Whitney on November 14, 2012. A total of nine episodes were produced, and the three unaired episodes were released on NBC.com and Hulu on November 20, 2012.
Cast and characters
- Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman
- Joanna García Swisher as Dorothy Crane
- Bobby Lee as Dr. Robert Yamamoto
- Kym Whitley as Juanita
- Betsy Sodaro as Angela
- Tyler Labine as Dr. Doug Jackson
- Crystal the Monkey as Dr. Rizzo
- June Diane Raphael as Dr. Jill Leiter (3 episodes)
- Brian Huskey as Nurse Howard (3 episodes)
- Wyatt Oleff as Young George
Development and production
The show was originally known as Animal Kingdom when it was in development. The network placed a series order in May 2012. Amy Huberman played the role of "Dorothy Crane" in the original pilot; however, the role was recast with Joanna García.
Crystal the Monkey's character was originally known as "Dr. Zaius" but the rights to the name could not be obtained. At the time of production, Crystal was known for her appearances in a number of motion pictures, most notably the Night at the Museum series.
|“||NBC executives "are high on [the show]. I'm not sure they're high on it because of the writing or if it's a real good show, or because it tested well with the monkey."||”|
|— Sam Armando, senior VP
at SMGx, a unit of Publicis Groupe
While promoting the show to ad buyers, NBC told them that "Crystal" the capuchinhad had "powerful reception among test audiences", and "is perhaps the best-known element about the new show—and, maybe, NBC's entire fall season."
NBC ran a sneak preview of the series on August 12, 2012, as a lead-out for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics; controversially, the already tape-delayed and abridged broadcast was interrupted to air the pilot, causing the finale (which featured a performance by The Who) to be preempted after late local newscasts.
aired from: Aug 2012 to: Oct 2012
13 eps, 7 unaired
Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman
JoAnna Garcia-Swisher as Dorothy Crane
Tyler Labine as Dr. Doug Jackson
Bobby Lee as Dr. Kim Yamamoto
Kym Whitley as Juanita
Betsy Sodaro as Angela
Crystal the Monkey as Dr. Rizzo
A unconventional veterinarian who gets along better with animals than with people must make adjustments when a bitter former girlfriend becomes his boss.
Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
_____ ______ ___________ ___________ ________
1. 1-1 12 Aug 12 Pilot
2. 1-2 26 Sep 12 Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
3. 1-3 03 Oct 12 Clean-Smelling Pirate
4. 1-4 10 Oct 12 Dr. Yamamazing
5. 1-5 17 Oct 12 Who's Afraid of Virginia Coleman?
6. 1-6 24 Oct 12 The Two George Colemans
7. 1-7 01 Nov 12 Wingmen
8. 1-8 19 Nov 12 Ralphie
9. 1-9 19 Nov 12 Turkey Jerky
Comedy centering on Dr. George Coleman, a top veterinarian with an impressive list of famous animal patients at the Crane Animal Hospital – a bustling New York City veterinary practice where it often seems as if the patients are running the place. Despite his unorthodox style, George has an undeniable gift with animals of all kinds – except the human kind. Much to his chagrin, George recently learned that his ex-girlfriend, Dorothy Crane, has inherited the family business and is now George's boss. Whip-smart and ambitious, Dorothy shakes up the hospital as she brings order to the chaos and butts heads with George's animal-friendly administration.
Original Name: Animal Practice
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 9
Certification / MPAA Film Rating: TV-PG
First Air Date: August 12, 2012
Last Air Date: November 19, 2012
Episode Runtime: 22 mins
Primary Year: 2012
Created by: Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka, Alex Tanaka
Production Companies: NBC Productions
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United States of America
Season 1 — 9 Episodes — Air Date: August 12, 2012
Justin Kirk – Dr. George Coleman
JoAnna Garcia – Dorothy Crane
Tyler Labine – Dr. Doug Jackson
Bobby Lee – Dr. Robert Yamamoto
Kym Whitley – Juanita
Betsy Sodaro – Angela
Crystal the Monkey – Dr. Rizzo
Tags: 2012, Bobby Lee, Canceled, Comedy, English, JoAnna Garcia, Justin Kirk, Kym Whitley, NBC Productions, Scripted, TV Series, TV-PG, Tyler Labine, veterinarian, veterinary clinic, workplace humor