NBC Picks Up 1600 Penn and Animal Practice to Series

I hope you like laughing, because there may be some of that going around next season on NBC. Late yesterday, the network continued announcing early series orders with a pair of comedies that will join previously picked-up shows Save Me, The New Normal, Revolution. However, we're just a tad more excited about these two eccentric sitcoms than the others. And so I present to you: 1600 Penn and Animal Practice!


1600 Penn

What it is: What if the family that lived in the White House wasn't all buttoned-up shirts, ties, and whatever else fancy people wear? The Book of Mormon breakout star Josh Gad writes, produces, and co-stars in this family sitcom set in the president's house, and the series is being compared to Modern Family. Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman star as the president and first Lady, and Gad stars as one of their problem children.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Funny! Right? Family comedy, White House, threat of global thermal-nuclear war... this could be great with the right absurd tone.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: This and The New Normal are potential building blocks for NBC's Thursday-night comedy block. Five seasons and a breakfast cereal!

Where NBC might schedule it: Hello, Thursday night!



Animal Practice

What it is: Animal Practice is being likened to a comedic version of House set in a veterinary clinic. Justin Kirk (Weeds) stars as an animal doctor who loves the critters but hates their owners, and a monkey will play heavily in the show. Tyler Labine (Reaper) and Bobby Lee (MADtv) co-star. Matt Walsh (Veep) told us he guest-stars in the pilot as a man who wants to put his dog down because it's more convenient for him to not have a dog. This show was formerly titled Animal Kingdom, but I'm going to say I like the new name better.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Can we keep it can we keep it can we keep it? I'm a big fan of Kirk and Labine, so this has been on my radar for a while. I'm guessing it will be so hilarious it might kill you. Plus... puppies!

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: This will be NBC's next beloved sitcom to draw a small-but-loyal audience that will fight for it to stay on the air for a few seasons.

Where NBC might schedule it: What it NBC moved Community to Wednesday and paired it with this? I'd watch the heck out of that comedy hour.


NBC will announce its 2012-2013 schedule on Monday, May 14. So far, seven new series have been given the greenlight: Dramas Hannibal and Revolution, and comedies Go On, Save Me, The New Normal, 1600 Penn, and Animal Practice.


New shows! Which ones are you looking forward to most? And is anyone else as excited as I am to see Tyler Labine and a monkey acting together?


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How can Josh Gad be Jenna Elfman's kid???
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Community can barely catch a break but Annie's Boobs can land a new lead role?
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wtf kirk? you belong on weeds this better not interfere. and i like labine, except on shows that waist judy greers and his talents. with that said gonna like skip both.
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I think Animal Practice looks pretty good.
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No. Community stays on Thursday. Don't even suggest that.
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Animal Practice!
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I have been rewatching Reaper and I must say, I am excited for Animal Practice solely for Tyler Labine. This show needs to work. He needs to catch a break! I wouldn't mind if this show replaces my House fix. Its actually the first show I can't wait for the next TV season. I'd probably watch 1600 since I found Gad funny in Modern Family.
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I'm obviously most excited for animal practice, I mean it has Tyler Labine (who is not only hilarious but he's Canadian) AND a monkey. Two of my favorite things. It sounds hilarious so I'm looking forward to it. The other one could have some potential but I'm not holding my breath.
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Ok, I am totally looking forward to the both of these new comedies, but I am really fearing for Community's chances of survival now. Animal Practice has 3 people I am in love with on that show, so I am already a loyal fan.
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Animal Practice sounds like a US remake of All Creatures Great and Small.
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It really doesn't....
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I like laughing....at things that are funny. Here's hoping, because NBC's ability to pick a good comedy has been very spotty lately.
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That's really great that both Book of Mormon stars are getting their own NBC comedies. Good for them. Although it would be sad if one of them succeeds and the other doesn't.
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Aside from Tucker & Dale vs Evil, I generally don't like Tyler Labine much. I agree with JT_Kirk below, that Labine (and Bobby Lee) seem to try too hard to be funny.



I like Justin Kirk, though, and if that's Annie's Boobs (Crystal?), I like her too. I'll give it a shot, but I reeeeally hope Lee (and to a lesser extent, Labine) are tolerable.



I think I remember kind of liking the idea of 1600 Penn months ago when it was maybe first announced or whatnot, but reading that it's like Modern Family already makes me bored of it. I'll probably end up giving this a shot, too.
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Does anyone know when the CW announces what they're picking up?
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Jenna Elfman!!!!
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Ugh, Bobby Lee and Tyler Labine have the stink of trying too hard, that show is not going to be watchable. Also, animals on a sitcom is a bad idea.
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You want NBC to move Community to Wednesday, where it will compete with Idol's 2-hour show?



Dude.
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Why not? Community is WAY funnier than Steven Tyler.
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It wouldn't be ideal for #sixseasonsandamovie
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I'm not liking all these orders, not that any sound bad, but it makes me worried for Community, Parks & Rec, and Up All Night..
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Which all suck.
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No.No.and...No.



It's *six seasons and a movie* and it's meant for Community.
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No on 1600 penn. I don't like Josh Gad. And Animal Practice sounds like it should be online or on Adult Swim.
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