|Created by||Alessandro Tanaka|
Crystal the Monkey
Joanna García Swisher
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (3 unaired)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production||American Work, Inc.|
Open 4 Business Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||August 12 -|
October 24, 2012
Animal Practice is an American sitcom television series 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.
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 capuchin had 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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Anthony & Joe Russo||Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka||August 12, 2012||12.80|
|2||"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"||Jeff Melman||Jamie Rhonheimer||September 26, 2012||5.19|
|3||"Clean-Smelling Pirate"||Anthony Russo||Aseem Batra||October 3, 2012||4.56|
|4||"Dr. Yamamazing"||Jay Chandrasekhar||John Blickstead & Trey Kollmer||October 10, 2012||3.80|
|5||"Who's Afraid of Virginia Coleman?"||Jeff Melman||Curtis Gwinn||October 17, 2012||3.85|
|6||"The Two George Colemans"||Elodie Keene||Steve Hely||October 24, 2012||3.68|
|7||"Wingmen"||Jeff Melman||Amelie Gillette||November 1, 2012(NBC.com)||N/A|
|8||"Ralphie"||Joe Russo||Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka||November 20, 2012(NBC.com)||N/A|
|9||"Turkey Jerky"||Eric Appel||Laura Chinn||November 20, 2012(NBC.com)||N/A|
According to Metacritic, the show has received a score of 48/100 and mixed critical reviews. Drusilla Moorhouse, of entertainment news website Zap2It, wrote that "It's too cringe-worthy for overempathizing animal lovers, but general audiences might tune in for a lighthearted, escapist laugh." While Moorhouse's review was more positive, Robert Bianco of USA Today gave a negative review, stating "The shame is that Practice has a fine human cast...but Kirk and his cohorts quickly get taken down by the barrage of stupidity the show sends their way."
|2013||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, Special or Pilot - Supporting Young Actress||Bobbie Prewitt||Nominated|||