While we eagerly await the premiere of 'Community' season 4 on February 7, it's hard not to still feel the sting of 'Animal Practice's untimely cancellation, and subsequent replacement with the second season of 'Whitney' rather than the promised return of the Greendale gang. 'Community' even poked a bit of fun at NBC's now-cancelled Justin Kirk-fronted "monkey doctor" comedy in one of its recent videos, but has there been a 'Community' / 'Animal Practice' love-fest all along? Is a cross-over imminent in 'Community' season 4? Shocking reveals inside!
It's safe to say that Hurricane Sandy caused chaos for a lot more than TV, but even those in affected areas with power may have noticed that the network airings were severely impacted by all the news coverage. Most pushed fresh episodes of their series toward another week, though '30 Rock' it seems just couldn't wait. The soon-to-end NBC comedy will move to Wednesday this week in order to better time its election-themed content, but what does it mean for the already-cancelled 'Animal Practice'?
Sorry folks, the doctor is out. And you're not going to like who's replacing him. While many of NBC's 2012 offerings continue to do surprisingly well, including 'Revolution,' 'Go On' and 'The New Normal,' it seems they've just had their first casualty as well. Infamously dubbed the "monkey doctor show," NBC's 'Animal Practice' has been quietly euthanized. But which delayed sitcom is the network bringing in to replace it?
While most of NBC's new lineup appears to be doing rather well in the ratings, 'Animal Practice' stands out as one of the few new NBC shows that the network hasn't made any kind of decision over. Both 'Go On' and 'The New Normal' were updated to full-season orders, but what of the so-called "monkey doctor show"? Will a guest appearance and a bit of meta comedy from Adam Goldberg be enough to turn the tide on the fledgling funny-maker?
Given that it's only May, we can't possibly know how pilots will turn out, or end up re-worked before ultimately going to air in the fall 2012 season. Plenty of roles might need to be recast, or even written out to adjust to new schedules, and studios might simply decided they want a few things re-shot. Perhaps they want to add more 3D! Either way, what's the latest on NBC's acerbic "Animal Practice" that already looks like writing on the wall?
Every series is bound to experience a bit of turnover, be it from creative talents or actors attached to another project, but it's usually never a good sign when a pilot ordered to series needs to recast one of its fundamental leads. So while we haven't seen much from NBC's new sitcom pickup 'Animal Practice,' departures and additions have already begun to draw attention.
We're at that time of year when networks pick up or drop shows in a frenzy, while loyal fans wait patiently for news of their favorite series ultimate fate (we're still rooting for you, 'Community!'). So with NBC only days away from unveiling their full fall lineup, what "revolutionary" new series have been given the green light, and which rejected?