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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