PETA Wins: NBC Cancels Animal Practice, Schedules Whitney's Return

I have bad news and terrible news, which would you like to hear first?

Okay, NBC has canceled Animal Practice. I know, I know, poor monkey! But that's just the BAD news. The terrible news? It will be replaced by *gulp* Whitney.

I've defended Animal Practice for some time now, because hey, animals and stuff, and because it's actually been pretty funny as far as oddball humor goes. Have you seen Betsy Sodaro's Angela character? She's hilarious! But there's no denying that Animal Practice has been doing awful in the ratings, and last night's numbers were the nail in the shoebox that will now be buried in NBC's backyard. Only 3.8 million viewers tuned in, registering a pathetic 1.0 in the adult demographic. That put Animal Practice behind The CW's Arrow for last place. Maybe things would have been different if NBC aired the Olympics year-round.

But NBC's Wednesdays have been a dead zone, single-camera goofy comedy Animal Practice kicking off the night at 8pm, multi-camera traditional comedy Guys With Kids at 8:30pm, dying procedural Law & Order: SUV anchoring 9pm, and moving hunky firefighter calendar Chicago Fire at 10pm. That's like a peanut butter, turkey, uncooked spaghetti, and gummi bear sandwich.

At least NBC isn't totally flushing Animal Practice down the toilet. Early reports are saying the show will stay on the air until Whitney takes over on November 14. Wednesdays are where Whitney should have been in the first place, ahead of fellow multi-camera sitcom Guys With Kids. Is it that hard, NBC?

Still no word on a return date for Community, so don't even ask.

Dead Poolers: Five episodes of Animal Practice aired before word came down, so Animal Practice is worth 8 points. Even though the show will stay on the air, we score cancellations when they're announced. (Psst! here's the link to Dead Pool HQ, and we should have a TV.com staff picks story up later today.)

Alas, let's all say goodbye to Crystal the Monkey in the comments below. And if you'd like to give a Save Animal Practice Campaign a shot, I suggest throwing your poo at NBC.

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This is Crap!! Animal Practice was the Vet version of Scrubs!!!!
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I loved Animal Practice and the MONKEY Crystal for sure! I can't believe NBC didn't give it a chance. I am so SICK of SINGING, DANCING, REALITY AND LEGAL shows. This was different, creative, fun and entertaining. Anything I like gets cancelled, and mundane, violent, reality, and "me too" shows flourish. Says a lot about American.
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I absolutely love Animal Practice!!! Can't believe they would even consider cancelling. Best new comedy show this year! Please don't cancel!!!!!! How often is there a new show that makes you laugh out loud on the first episode and every episode after? Too many drama/soap/cop etc shows out there we need more just plain funny shows like this!
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I LOVE ANIMAL PRACTICE! NBC PLEASE DON'T CANCEL!!
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Guys with kids, partners, etc. talk about trash on the airwaves!!!!!
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AP is a damn good show! Whitney? barf bag please!

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Animal Practice is the only new comedy I've enjoyed this season. Whitney is a not something I could even sit though one episode of. Peta is a joke as far as animal rights groups go. Blah... now I'm in a mood. It's nothing I didn't expect though, especially considering the Wednesday night lineup. I wish these "oddball" comedies would air on FX, IFC, or something of that ilk.
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Dammit, NBC. You cancel a funny show and replace it with Whitney?! I'm seriously close to being done with you. And don't get me started on PETA. The animal actors were treated better than the human ones.
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I'm not heart-broken it's been canceled. I thoiught nurse Angela and the Asian vet characters were trying too hard to be funny. My favorite character, well other than the adorable monkey, was the tall African-American nurse lady. I enjoyed Annie Potts as the main vets mother too.
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I was enjoying this show. The monkey rocks and has great fashion sense! Angela was hiliarious. Disappointed they didn't give at least on full season before deciding it's fate.
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Man that sucks, I was really starting to enjoy this show and now they cancel it after only airing four episodes? Cant they just let it play out the whole season, how bloody rude. NBC you suck.
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I thought it was kinda funny. I've seen worse that didn't get cancelled (this early).
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Finally! A cancellation on my dead pool!
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Why did NBC not cancel this sooner? Stupid NBC's inconsistency made me pull it at the last minute from my Dead Pool despite it being there since the beginning. Now I'm left wondering why the hell CBS and ABC haven't pulled Partners and The Neighbors, both of which seemed doomed from the start.

Whitney is a good choice for replacement, NBC has created a useless timeslot by moving SVU - the sex crimes show - up to 9pm, so it's now set to "laugh and then get angry and disgusted" only minus the laughter based on the shows in that 8pm slot. Whitney is perfect because it's not funny but it's also not expensive.

Oh, and how the HELL does Guys with Kids stay on the air too?
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Whitney kinda IS a "sex crimes show" in that it's a crime that the show still exists, and I suspect that Whitney performed sex to keep the show running.
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Poor Tyler Labine, he can't be in anything without it being cancelled. Pretty soon other people are going to figure this out and he will be unable to get any work at all...



It really sucks because I was in "Mad Love" with my fellow "Son of Tucson" and the fact that he keeps suffering such "Animal Practice" probably means its time for him to start fearing the "Reaper"



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Why does every show with that Reaper guy get cancelled?



Why does Whitney keep surviving? Its like Im watching LOST all over again.
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I assumed that I would hate Animal Practice, and I was wrong. The directing of Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development, Community, Happy Endings) was very evident in the sharp, non-cheesy sense of humor. The jokes weren't cheap and easy - they were clever.

I liked it MUCH more than New Girl and The Mindy Project, which both trade punchlines for "cute".

Whitney is maybe the worst sitcom I've seen in years.

So... at least NBC is staying consistent?
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You could do a repeat of the save Jericho campaign and send in nuts. :)

( Vet joke.)
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the reaper curse
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I didn't mind it, but I knew it was doomed, and I have enough on my DVR. I think it actually was worse than Whitney. It makes me frown whenever I say anything's worse than Whitney, but I've said that more than once already. Come back, Whitney. Come back, that I might watch you.



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Yet again I show I was really enjoying gets the chop! Sometimes I wonder why I bother. I played the first four episodes for my husband last week and we were both in fits of laughter. As an ex zookeeper, who worked with capuchins, I love, love, love Dr Rizzo (Crystal)!!!
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Ok, guys, you intrigued me. I'm gonna try Whitney. It can't be that horrible can it? Maybe it can?..
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I actually didn't enjoy Animal Practice as much as I initially thought I would. But have been watching it nonetheless. Kinda relieved, episodes of other shows are piling up...



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It was a sweet and decent show, I am pretty sad to see it gone.. and it being replaced by whitney? my oh my..
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Damn I should have put it in my dead pool. booo
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So, the worst comedy of the decade is already coming back... I saw W.Cummings on Letterman a few days ago and she's SO SO SO unfunny.

I think there's no I-hate-whitney-campaign, the show is just bad, terribly bad; oc some people like, but those people simply have a very bad taste, or maybe no taste at all...
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Gee, when will you stop with the I hate Whitney campaign. Some people like the show, even love it, like I do. It's certainly funnier than New Girl, Community, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings, and I could go on and on....and yes, I've watched each of those shows a few times. The funniest new show this season is definitely Partners, with some zingy one liners, which is the way comedies should be written.
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Funnier than New Girl, Community, Suburgatory, Modern Family, and Happy Endings?! Whitney is not always terrible, but it doesn't even hold a candle to ANY of those shows!
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I've watched numerous episodes of each of these shows, but no longer. To each their own, but I HAVE TRIED THEM and I don't like them. They are a different style of comedy, like a romantic comedy type movie, not really laughs, rather than funny situations and funny lines, like the old Cheers, Frasier, 3's Company, Friends, etc. These new shows don't have the same style of writing, whereas a show like Partners does. I watched 7 episodes of Happy Endings and quit, 6 episodes of New Girl and quit, 4 episodes of Community and quit. Watched 2 episodes of Partners and was hooked. I found myself chuckling/laughing the entire show. Different tastes for different folks.
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you like whitney and partners? yeah that explains everything:)
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Yep, sure does. It means I don't like to be bored out of my mind.
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HaHaHa trolls.
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Trolls do not exist.

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8 point woo hoo! I'm still mad at myself for not choosing Made in Jersey.
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Bad Bad Bad NBC Bad boy you basicly just craped all over the house by doing this take yourself to a trainer and lern to obey your masters the audiance bring back community and give us what we want
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ugh. NOBODY LIKES WHITNEY! Bring back a full season of Community please!!!!!!
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The problem is that Community fans, while they are extremely passionate about the show online and at Comic Con, don't end up watching the show on TV, leading to lower ratings. If people want Community back, more people are going to have to watch on TV - even the stars of Community were telling the audience at Comic Con to watch the show on TV as well as their other support!
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I'm pretty sure the only time it matters if a household watches it live is if they are metered or keeping a physical Nielsen diary. If not, I would think adding to the online view count of something like Hulu or another legit streaming site would be more beneficial to the show.
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NBC BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Stupid decision and as someone said - they must hate their viewers. They put the show on opposite all those shows who have had large BUT TEMPORARY audiences and then say oh too bad you couldn't find a bigger audience, Dumb butts why not try a new time before canceling?????
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And PETA should have kept their BIG mouth shut because they have no idea what they were talking about with this show. ALL the animals were rescued and VERY VERY well cared for. Had great homes. And this show ANIMAL PRACTICE was also helping place homeless animals. SHAME ON YOU FOR TALKING WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE HELL YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. And shame on NBC for not moving the show to a new time. We are all going to miss it.
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PETA is beyond a joke, everybody knows that. Remember when they sued SeaWorld last year for enslaving whales? I mean, come on, if a person is taking PETA seriously there HAS to be something off with them...
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Damn it NBC I'm going to quit you I swear. Once all the funny single camera shows are gone, I'll be too. Revolution is NOT helping.
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2 for 2 on my dead pool picks. Yes . . . come on Mob Doctor.
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Booo...Mob Doctor, one of the best new dramas of the season.
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Whitney, Partners, AND Mob Doctor? Seriously, change your meds. There's a show from last year called Work It that I think you'd like.
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2 hits on the Dead Pool... i'm gona win this.. and win nothing because i'm not american... LOL.
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I don't think I noticed the "PETA Wins" in the title before. Has it always been there? Or was it added after my previous comment?

Yeah, I know, that's all got to have something to do with me after all.
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I tune in for Animal Practice.

I never have and never will watch an episode of Whitney.
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Nice, cancelled after the best episode.
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I'm very happy. Normally I don't celebrate any show's cancellation because fans of any show deserve respect, but after reading all criticism raised by PETA against the use of Crystal the monkey inducing her to very anti-natural behavior, I couldn't support, much less watch this show anymore. The use of wild animals in entertainment should be discouraged.

Here's a link I found interesting:

"11 Things Crystal the Monkey would rather be doing"

http://www.peta.org/living/animal-friendly-fun/11-things-that-crystal-the-monkey-would-rather-be-doing.aspx

(Is there a way to make a link clickable or adding any tags to the texts in these comment sections?)
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PETA is beyond a joke. I would never take them seriously. These are the same people that sued SeaWorld for enslaving whales.
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I was excited for this show and watched the firs three episodes but was let down. I love oddball humor and this was not it, t least not done well. They focused too much on the grumpy House rip off (pathetic House rip off I might add) and the hot chick with little to no depth and not enough on the actually funny part of the show, the other members of the cast. I didn't want it to fail but it doesn't break my heart.
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More space for Community's return next year.
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Tyler Labine cannot catch a freaking break.
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I was thinking the same thing, poor guy. He's so damn funny, he needs a damn show that sticks!
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Another one bites the dust. THIS is the show I looked forward to most every week.
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NBC always cancels the shows I like, but keeps crap like Guys with Kids.
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I just couldn't get into Animal Practice, it was boring
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Damn, I like this show and love Betsy Sodaro's character Angela amongst the others. This is a shame! It was nice while it lasted, damn I hate the way tv networks work!
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It's sad, so sad, it's a sad, sad situation and it's getting more and more absurd...:( You know, I'm really not into comedies, but Animal Practice was really kind of cute and I really really enjoyed watching it. And I'm blaming NBC a little, because it could have gone better if they had not decided to put the pilot in the middle of an Olympia broadcast!!!

Animal Practice: You were great! Thanks for that. Godspeed (into the tv show heaven, or whatever:P).
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This is very bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I've been enjoying Animal Practice. I have to commend a show that is able to feature both Tyler Labine and Bobby Lee and not make either of them annoying to watch. On the other hand, I expected a quick cancellation and put it on my Dead Pool list.
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