new NBC comedy "Animal Practice" casts Betsy SodaroDeadline May 13, 2012
NBC's 2012-13 Fall Schedule: Four Nights Of Comedy & 'The Voice', No 'Loser' Or 'Smash'
by Nellie Andreeva
NBC is making an aggressive push in comedy with blocks on four nights, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. After a last-minute deal with the key actors, veteran comedy series The Office is back with a 22-episode order. Making a debut on NBC's fall schedule is NBC's flagship reality series The Voice after two midseason showings, while The Voice's companion this past season, musical drama Smash, is held again for midseason. Also missing from NBC’s fall schedule is longtime staple The Biggest Loser, which is held as a backup after launching a cycle in the fall for the past eight years. But making a surprising return to the schedule is low-rated newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams, which actually got upgraded to the Thursday 10 PM slot. Downgraded from Thursday to Friday is cult favorite Community, which will lead Friday night, paired with Whitney. Of NBC’s 12 new series for next season, six — four comedies, Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice and Guys with Kids, and two dramas, The J.J. Abrams-produced Revolution and Dick Wolf-produced Chicago Fire — are launching in the fall. The rest are being held for midseason. Thriller Revolution is getting the coveted post-Voice Monday 10 PM slot, while NBC is creating a Dick Wolf block on Tuesday with Law & Order: SVU leading into Chicago Fire.
"Animal Practice" — Meet Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk, "Weeds"), a top-dog New York veterinarian. With an unorthodox style of operating, George's success comes from his undeniable gift with animals of all kinds. That is, all but the human kind. Dorothy Crane once held the key to George's heart, but today she also holds the key to the family business as she takes over Crane Animal Hospital. Not only is she George's new boss, but her romantic history with him and her lack of experience with animals is seriously cramping his style. Dorothy is whip-smart and ambitious, and she's going to make George pay for the past. Needless to say, he's determined not to make any changes in his (animal) kingdom — which includes poker games with a resident capuchin monkey. Also starring are Tyler Labine ("Reaper," "Sons of Tucson") as Dr. Doug Jackson, a vet who’s great with animals but hapless in matters of the heart, Bobby Lee ("Harold & Kumar") as Dr. Yamamoto, and newcomer Betsy Sodaro as Angela. "Animal Practice" is a production of Universal Television and American Work Inc. The executive producers are Scot Armstrong ("The Hangover Part II," "Old School") and Ravi Nandan ("Best Friends Forever") of American Work Inc. (“Best Friends Forever”) along with Emmy Award winners Joe & Anthony Russo (“Community,” “Arrested Development”). “Animal Practice” was written by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (“The Sitter”), who also serve as executive producers. Gail Lerner (“Happy Endings”) also is an executive producer. Directed by the Emmy-winning Russo brothers, “Animal Practice” is a comedy where the animals are running the asylum.