NBC tosses Animal Practice, brings back Whitney early


The fall TV season has claimed its second causality, as NBC made the stunning (read: expected) decision today to cancel Animal Practice. A 1.0 rating in the adult 18-49 demo will do that to you. 

The series, which starred Justin Kirk and Crystal the monkey, lasted four episodes before the plug was pulled. It will continue to air until November 14, when Whitney returns. 

UGH. One crap show takes the place of another. NBC wonders why it can't land solid numbers...decisions like this, you fools. And if you have two choices of shows to bring back, Whitney beats Community? Really? 

Whitney will now be paired with Guys With Kids, which coincidentally is the only other multi-camera comedy at the network now. Whitney will now be back in its Wednesday 8 P.M. timeslot, which it ended last season at.

NBC thus far has ordered more episodes of Revolution, Go On and The New Normal, while other freshman Guys With Kids and Chicago Fire still await their fate.

During Animal Practice's short life, it underwent two huge changes, as the female lead was recast after the pilot and the show runner was changed after the third episode. Generally, those are not the signs of a show that is going to make it.

This is the second casualty of the season, as CBS has already whacked Made in Jersey. What is the next show to go?


- Whitney (2011)
- Animal Practice

Written by: Hamatosan
Oct 19th, 2012, 2:47 pm


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Message Posted On Oct 20th, 2012, 1:32 pm

Maybe they're bringing Whitney back first to see what it does.  If it does well, they've got something to get them through to mid-season, where they'll have at least one strong comedy (Community) for the 2nd part of the year.  If not, it'll be gone by Christmas break and they can come out swinging in the new year with Community, even though that'll possibly leave them a little weak for the 2nd part of the year, depending on how many new shows they've got for then,


Of course, this is NBC we're talking I recall, they've been on the bottom of the pile for years now, so no matter *what* they do, it's unlikely to make much of a difference.



Message Posted On Oct 19th, 2012, 4:59 pm
Whatcan you expect from NBCancelled execs? They suck at negation as well as addition-ninging.


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Message Posted On Oct 19th, 2012, 3:24 pm

What a stupid decision. As a Community fan, I have to seriously question the logic in bringing back Whitney first, which has always put up the worst ratings numbers of the two.

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