'Animal Practice' Canceled by NBC, Replaced by 'Whitney'

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October 18th, 2012

Update: Whitney will replace Animal Practice on November 14. NBC's press release is below.

The Cancellation Bear finally ate the monkey. NBC has canceled Animal Practice. 

via press release:



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 18, 2012 -- NBC announced that its second-year comedy series "Whitney" will return to its primetime lineup on Wednesday, November 14 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) replacing “Animal Practice.”


Whitney Cummings stars in the title role in the multi-camera series which is a look at modern-day love and relationships which centers around Whitney (Cummings, "Chelsea Lately") and Alex (Chris D'Elia, "Glory Days"), a happily – newly “married” couple. Surrounded by a quirky group of friends, Zoe Lister-Jones ("The Other Guys"), Rhea Seehorn ("The Starter Wife"), Dan O'Brien ("How I Met Your Mother"), and Tone Bell (new to the second season of the show). The series is produced by Universal Television and Stuber Television. The executive producers are Scott Stuber ("The Breakup"), Quan Phung (“My Boys”), Wil Calhoun (“Friends”) and Barry Katz ("Last Comic Standing"). Andy Ackerman ("Seinfeld") is the director and an EP.





  • Oliver

    Community isn’t currently on the NBC schedule.

  • RyanCanada

    YAY Whitney

  • ILoveSitcoms

    @Oliver: NBC produces 30 Rock. Sony produces Community. Which show will NBC give the better timeslot?




  • Rebecca

    Oh well. It wasn’t really the worst comedy ever. I liked it but expected it not to last. Good luck to the cast. So 3 more episodes will air, I guess, until November 14th? And I’d want Community back sooner than Whitney, but I’ll watch both anyway. Whitney will pair well with GWK (another one I like…that cast has grown on me).

  • Kavyn

    Are you serious?? So it’s not premiering tomorrow? Ugh…

  • Michael

    Poor Monkey :(

    At least he was put down and the show is no longer in Pain XD.

  • tv#1

    Pairing Whitney and Guys with Kids together is probably a decent idea. However, I think they should be together on Fridays instead of Wednesdays. Also, I feel bad for Justin Kirk. He is a funny guy, and deserves better. I hope he finds another hit series soon.

  • ILoveSitcoms

    I would have liked to see Animal Practice without the monkey. There might have been something there. Heck, why did they need the monkey in the first place with Bobby Lee’s broad humor there already?

  • Austin Lauran

    I have a good idea for NBC to have high rated shows again:

    Get rid of all the non-cop dramas and non-laugh track sitcoms at the end of the season and replace them with cop shows and laugh track sitcoms for the 2013-2014. Isn’t that why CBS is #1? Or the NBC execs could pick up soap operas and whatever type of shows are on ABC.

  • omabin

    This was 100% expected. What I did not expect, however, is that they would leave AP there for one more month. It will kill any saving chance Guys with Kids might have had.

  • Phil

    Mr. Smith was better (from Ed. Weinberger of TAXI).
    Work It was better (you could laugh at it).
    Animal Practice was not the worst comedy ever, just deadly dull.

  • Alan


    “As people said many, many, many times, 30 Rock wasn’t always that much low rated, it just became that way last season.

    As for Parks and Recreation, if you can’t see the difference between the 1.9 the show got for its last episode and the 1.0 Animal Practice did yesterday…”

    30 Rock has always been fairly low rated, but as other people said, NBC was deep in the doldrums so they were more forgiving.Second of all, yes I know math and I know 1.9 is higher than 1.0

    But I would stake money on the fact that:

    At some point since 30 Rock’s debut in 2006 and Parks and Rec’s 2009 debut, at least ONE other show that was higher rated was cancelled.

    If I am wrong, please let me know. That’s all I’m saying….

  • David

    Wow thank god. Im from the UK and a channel over here was going to show it in January instead of 1600 Penn but now I can sleep easy knowing this piece of garbage won’t be getting anywhere near the UK.

  • Justin121

    That’s how they should’ve started the Fall.

    The real re-building of NBC begins.

    Grimm, Whitney, Guys with Kids, are the first building blocks.

    I expect Revolution, Go On, and New Normal to collapse away from The Voice, unfortunately.

    However, the first group can prove that NBC is not dependant on The Voice.

    There’ also Parenthood, Chicago Fire, and Smash.

    They just need to fix Thursdays.

  • ….

    @Austin Lauren ABC’s shows are pretty good. Give them a try. :)

  • Rebecca

    I agree…the show could have been okay without the monkey. Rizzo wasn’t the reason I watched. I watched for Labine and Kirk, and then for funny Angela’s odd personality/humor. I remember Justin Kirk as the lovesick med student in Jack & Jill on the WB (then Weeds later, of course). And I loved Labine in Mad Love and Reaper.

  • brutony

    RRROOOAAARR!!! I struck again! But actually, I would have eaten it after they pre-empted the Olympics closing ceremony, and NBC delayed my fav group, the Who, and didnt show at all my second fav, Ray Davies of the Kinks! Not very BEARable!

  • Jiji Moran

    Oh well, it was a show with potential, but the numbers weren’t showing it. Arrivederci!

    But, replacing it with “Whitney”… ?

  • Babygate

    No surprise here. I’m completely ambivalent since NBC is not my station. The shows I do watch, Revolution, Parks & Rec and Parenthood, are all DVRd. But I have to say that I kinda feel bad for the monkey…

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