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NBC Puts 'Animal Practice' to Sleep

Posted: Oct. 19, 2012, 1:30 p.m. EDT

The new NBC show “Animal Practice,” a half-hour comedy about life in a veterinary hospital, was canceled Thursday because of low ratings.

The fourth episode aired Wednesday night and attracted 3.8 million viewers, down significantly from the nearly 5.2 million people who tuned in for the show’s Sept. 26 debut.

Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk) and sidekick Dr. Rizzo (Crystal the monkey) are two of the main characters on “Animal Practice.”
Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk) and sidekick Dr. Rizzo (Crystal the monkey) are two of the main characters on “Animal Practice.”

Three more episodes will be broadcast, including one next week that centers on a Halloween pet costume contest, before the show is replaced by the return of “Whitney” on Nov. 14, the network reported.

“Animal Practice” stars Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman and Crystal the Capuchin monkey as Dr. Rizzo.

In an interview with Veterinary Practice News last summer, executive producer Scot Armstrong said artistic license would be used to generate comedic moments.

“It’s going to be a show that portrays vets in an interesting, fun light,” he said.

The show employed two veterinarians as technical advisers: Ryan Folse, DVM, of All Animal Veterinary Group in Acton, Calif., and Peter Erling, DVM, of Choice Veterinary Care in Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach, Calif.


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Horrible. And why didn't they have on masks during surgery?!
CM, Fort Collins, CO
Posted: 12/13/2012 11:08:26 PM
The show portrayed vet medicine and veterinarians as idiotic. I was totally underwhelmed when I watched the pilot and never watched another episode . Even my non-vet friends thought it was too stupid to be funny. A suicidal in heat female cat that should be allowed to be free to breed, a monkey who scrubs in for surgery. Really? I can't believe there were actually vets associated with the show. It wasn't even funny. So glad it was cancelled.
anon, Greenville, SC
Posted: 10/27/2012 5:27:21 AM
I was hoping, finally, for a good show about veterinarians. This was not it. It was pretty poor.
Kerrianne, Elkton, MD
Posted: 10/24/2012 8:17:06 PM
A funny veterinary show is funny. Should have left all the sex "stuff" out.
John, Jacksonville, IL
Posted: 10/20/2012 9:44:00 AM
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