Herc’s Seen NBC’s New Sitcom ANIMAL PRACTICE, Starring Justin Kirk And Annie’s Boobs!!
A silly, “Scrubs”-like new NBC sitcom from Alessandro Tanaka & Brian Gatewood (who also wrote the big-screen Jonah Hill vehicle “The Sitter” -- which garnered 23% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes), “Animal Practice” follows folks who work in a veterinary hospital.
Its cast includes the great Justin Kirk (who’s also on “Weeds” tonight as it wraps its final season), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Reba,” “Privileged” “Better With You”), Taylor Labine (“Invasion,” “Reaper,” “Sons of Tucson,” “Mad Love”), Bobby Lee (“Mad TV”) and Crystal (the monkey who plays Annie’s Boobs on “Community”).
Nobody can sell a line like Justin Kirk, and he sells some truly terrible material here. And some mediocre material and some decent material. Swisher is super-cute, as are many of the other mammals (and a penguin) that inhabit the series.
I’m grateful to the series for bringing Kirk to an Olympics-ish-size audience tonight, but I don’t believe I’ll be checking in with future episodes. I have every expectation that Kirk will quickly land a better job after NBC mercifully has “Animal Practice” destroyed.
... People laugh at monkey business, but there's only so much you can do even with a pro like Crystal. For this show to work long-term, its human characters have to become richer — and funnier — so that they can evolve with the audience long post the point where the writers have run out of tricks that Crystal and her various winged or four-legged co-stars can do. .…
... The pilot doesn't allow the supporting characters to do more than play somewhat grating stereotypes, but I'll keep watching to see how they develop … I'm not made of stone; more often than not, the funny monkey made me laugh. …
... the show is pretty darn terrible, derivative and tired, co-starring a monkey (never, ever a good sign) and chockablock with characters we have seen too many times before. …
... Keep that remote control within arm’s reach if the thought of a monkey in a lab coat driving a tiny ambulance doesn’t tickle your funny bone, because “Animal Practice” has lots more where that came from. Cats, dogs, tigers, tortoises, snakes, penguins — they’re all mined for laughs in this so-so sitcom …
... For the humans, nothing ensues that can't be predicted by a comatose cockatoo. … Considering that it will be going up against "The Middle," in its fourth season on ABC, "Animal Practice" is going into a ratings battle with very little comic ammunition.
... viewers will get an automatic buzzkill from the pilot episode of “Animal Practice,” a middling, trying-too-hard comedy … a forgettable show sloppily built from comedy cliches, but it can be fixed by firing most of the cast and rebuilding the show around the monkey. …
... The show may not be comedy gold, but it generates enough laughs to make it worth checking out before hitting the sack Sunday night. But is it a keeper in the long run? We'll see. …
... a lot like ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” except it’s furrier and it’s a lot less funny. … Weeks before the new TV season officially begins, NBC offers a candidate for the first show to be canceled. That’s a howling shame.
... maybe it will become less shrilly madcap and more character-based. It’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened in the world of NBC’s sitcoms … Kirk and Garcia Swisher give it their best, but they fall prey to the inevitable banalities of the story line. …
... It’s the humans, and the situations they’re set up in, that I already feel we’ve seen too much of. There’s not a dynamic on the show that doesn’t feel transplanted from another donor sitcom. … For now, the diagnosis I’d give Animal Practice is much like the way Dr. Coleman sees his patients. The animals are fine—it’s the humans who can use fixing.
... I'm sorry to report the animals don't talk, but the people do. … The caricatured supporting cast includes a mewling Asian stereotype, a grotesque nurse and perennial TV sidekick Tyler Labine as a lovesick bumbler of a, well, sidekick. Yes, Animal Practice is just that inspired. But if you're content to watch a monkey in a doctor's coat wreaking havoc, welcome to the zoo. …
... Kirk and his cohorts quickly get taken down by the barrage of stupidity the show sends their way. If the broadcast networks want to send good actors running, screaming, to cable, there's no better way than wasting them in embarrassments like this. …
... one of those tired-old-mutt sitcoms that could benefit from a few new tricks. …
... Like a lot of pilots, Animal Practice is messy, and if you don't like the monkey, well, you're probably not coming back. Again, you don't really know what can happen in another four or five episodes, but that's asking a lot in a crowded television universe. …
10:38 p.m. Sunday. NBC.
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Aug. 12, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST
I love Justin Kirk on Weeds, eventhough the show jumped the shark years ago, he's still the best thing on it. This show looks like something that would've been made in the 80's by coked up execs. The fact that it's made today and isn't on the Cartoon Network baffles me. There's no way this show can be good. It's going to try to be a lame sitcom that's filled with pee and poop jokes. What's cazy is that they got a decent cast to be in this crap. If this gets a second season, it will be the first sign of the apocalypse, which won't be a bad thing because I don't want to live in a world where this is a hit show.
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST
was supposed in this, she shot the pilot but was written out.
Aug. 12, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST
Which is sad because I love that dude. SOCK4EVA!
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST
by Toe Jam
You are welcome: http://tinyurl.com/8cf2env.
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST
by rakesh patel
i love monkeys. but its on NBC upgraded from the channel where tv series go to die... to the channel of DEATH!
Aug. 12, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST
Aug. 12, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST
called jay. the comedic equivalent of a silver back gorilla.
Aug. 12, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
Aug. 12, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST
i dont like scrubs, but i liked the sitter and bobby lee on mad tv. the reviews are really off-putting, but i think ill watch it on hulu tmrw. cant tonight its breaking bad night!
Aug. 12, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST
Justin Kirk's monologue about masturbation in Weeds Season Two and his monologue about Noriega in Season Three were pretty much my comedic high points of scripted cable television of the last ten years. Weeds hasn't been as strong a show since Nancy ditched Agrestic and, later, the Mexican Mob. But it's still a very funny show and adding Jennifer Jason Leigh to the cast as a lead has helped make their final season more like the early seasons. It's not great storytelling anymore but it's still pretty damn funny.
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST
Granted this may not still be news to much of anyone by now, but just in case... That picture of Brie is kinda right in the middle between being real and being a Photoshop fake. It's based around a legit photo being shot of Brie, and you get a hint of the boobs/nipple thru the somewhat transparency of the tshirt she's wearing (& obviously no bra), but then someone VERY WISELY just took that pic and cranked up the contrast on it by a crazy amount. So the nipples you're seeing are indeed real, and is some of the outline of the side/bottom of her boobs. But then the person sort of drew in the heavier shading to make the boobs look more defined.<br> <br> So then is it manipulated? Yes, technically, but it's done so basing off of what would naturally be there anyway. So you more or less get a "legit" topless photo of Alison Brie.<br> <br> Class dismissed. and off to the private bathroom for me... lol
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
I knew the contrast had been cranked up on it because I'd seen the original, but didn't know some of the definition had been added. I'll just pretend that's how they really look, though. http://tinyurl.com/6pqk2ey
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST
Aug. 12, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST
first it was just a pokies pic... then someone turned up the "xray photoshop feature"(?) and now here we are ps: she needs to get back to doing more slutty photoshoots
Aug. 12, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST
yea but toe jam, while those lines are "drawn in", we have every reason to believe that's pretty much how it really does look underneath
So I basically consider the pic as being "real". And that's not just out an indescribably huge desire of it simply wanting to be so lol
Aug. 12, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST
Aug. 12, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST
my dick is hard today. toe jam = hero :)
Aug. 12, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST
by Voice O. Reason
Fuck you, NBC.
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST
I thought some of the lines were funny and Justin Kirk's delivery was great. JoAnna Garcia is eye candy. And, Jack Black's twin sister is on it. I'm not kidding. That chick looked and acted like a female Jack Black. That's not necessarily a good thing, but you gotta see her. I'll check it out again.
Aug. 13, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST
Thought this was going to be hilarious, but wow I did not laugh once. And the asian guy's character is just awful, and I'm super asian!
Aug. 13, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST
is the role that Joanna Garcia's playing the one that got recast where they had to shoot the pilot all over again?
Aug. 14, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST
Not "Work It" bad, but still pretty bad. Maybe they can figure out what kind of show they want to do and will stick with it, but I felt like I was watching 3 or 4 shows all jumbled together. Just a mess that wouldn't have come across as original even if it were supposed to be a parody of a bad sitcom. I don't get it. NBC has a captive post-Olympics audience and this is what they decide to air to try and capitalize on it? CTV did the same thing with Anger Management. Why waste the gift of an Olympics audience on a show that many would have tuned into anyway out of curiosity, and a bad show to boot? Was no one at CTV paying attention to the ratings in the US? Or did they only look at the ratings for the first two episodes (on the same night), and ignored the fact that over the next few weeks the show lost over half its audience? It's not a good show, nor is it a popular one. Like I said, people would have watched the first episode out of curiosity, regardless of when it aired. I doubt anyone who did watch after the Olympics, anyone who wouldn't have otherwise, was impressed enough to come back for more. Why not air something you know is good but are concerned it may not find an audience? Makes no sense.
Aug. 15, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST
by rakesh patel
Taylor Labine though, good bloke, needs a regular gig
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