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Animal Practice (NBC) Review “The Two George Colemans”

Well, here we are. What am I supposed to say about  Animal Practice  now? It’s  a lame duck,  just killing time until  Whitney  swoops in, and talking about it at all seems a little futile, but I’ll try anyway. At the very least, nothing in "The Two George Colemans" is as dismal as George’s mother in last week’s episode. Nothing is particularly great, either, but it’s at least a tiny step up. When  Animal Practice  was first announced, the internet  was all too ready to make fun of a sitcom starring a monkey, but the show itself has been far too stingy with the animals, if anything. It’s a Halloween episode, and we barely get any animals in costumes. The only real route I think  Animal Practice  could have taken towards success was the "cheap" one, the cute animals and  monkey antics route. Unfortunately, it seemed to have real aspirations to climb out of that hole, but never quite made it all the way above ground. We get an ostrich, which is fantastic, but they really couldn’t have found an excuse to get that ostrich in a costume? Brainstorm : the ostrich could be in the hospital in the first place because of a costume mishap. There. Solved it. Maybe make the monkey ride around on the ostrich at some point? Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/24/animal-practice-nbc-review-the-two-george-colemans/

'Animal Practice' review: Charismatic cast delivers lighthearted fun for everyone -- except animal lovers

When  "Animal Practice"  premiered in August, it instantly became one of the most reviled shows in the history of American TV.  And for that, the show itself was not to blame (not much, anyway). But NBC chose to break away from their live (not live) coverage of the Olympic Closing Ceremony Aug. 12 to showcase the veterinarian sitcom starring  Justin Kirk ,  JoAnna Garcia Swisher  and  Crystal the Monkey  instead of the live (not live) performances of no-names like Muse and The Who.  But TV audiences are a forgiving sort, and should be open to judge "Animal Practice" on its own merits when it debuts in its regular time slot tonight (Sept. 26).  Read More... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/animal-practice-review-charismatic-cast-delivers-lighthearted-fun-for-everyone----except-animal-love.html

Animal Practice Season 1 Review “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Coleman”

Whatever good will the first episode or two of  Animal Practice  had instilled in me is quickly being sapped away, and "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Coleman" is another stinker, as far as I’m concerned. It’s a useless episode, introducing a cardboard cut-out of a sitcom mother  character who failed to make me laugh in any way, and the side plots  are both A. boring and B. barely even present. Dr. Coleman’s mother comes to visit, using the pretense of a sick cat named "Cat" to spend some time with her son, except she’s a miserable upper east side hag who’s mistreated him his whole life, and also, a racist. It’s like they threw Lucille Bluth, Mallory Archer, Colleen Donaghy, and that blonde woman on The New Normal  into a pot, reduced that mixture into a rich creamy sauce, dumped that sauce down the drain, stuck a post-it with the phrase "cranky old broad" written on it in sharpie to a plate, and served it to us as dinner. Nothing she did was fresh, new, surprising, or the least bit interesting. Of course it’s not her cat. Of course George lies to her, too, and they make up in what is apparently becoming the show’s signature scene, "completely unearned emotional payoff." Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/17/animal-practice-season-1-review-whos-afraid-of-virginia-coleman/

Animal Practice Review “Dr. Yamamazing”

While it’s understandable that, in its fourth episode,  Animal Practice  would want to try to focus on a secondary character as a means of expanding, "Dr. Yamamazing" is a real misstep for a show  that was already walking on fairly thin ice. The biggest reason this episode fails to land is that Dr. Yamamoto may just be the weakest character on the show. He’s both cloying and grating, and putting him right in the spotlight is a not a good way for this show to get better, in my eyes. The central incident of his plot, that Bloomberg’s dog got hit by the Cash  Cab, could have been funny, and is a great use of the show’s central veterinary  hospital conceit. It’s just that it hinges entirely on Dr. Coleman’s status as an insensitive expert, which is exactly the kind of boring medical character trope we’ve seen a thousand times before, and  Animal Practice  doesn’t bring anything new to it. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/10/animal-practice-review-dr-yamamazing/

Animal Practice Review “Clean-Smelling Pirate”

This week’s  Animal Practice , "Clean-Smelling Pirate," relied heavily on  a puppet for a lot of its laughs, and I have to say, I was really  disappointed with the actual puppet prop itself. It may seem like a weird thing to start with, or to be so focused on, but I really think its important for something so prominently featured to be designed better than Dr. Rick was. His mouth didn’t even move! That should be the most important  part of any puppet! And a huge flappy lower jaw  would have done a lot to add some laughs to a few scenes that were otherwise lacking this episode. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/03/animal-practice-review-clean-smelling-pirate/

'Animal Practice' review: Charismatic cast delivers lighthearted fun for everyone -- except animal lovers

When "Animal Practice" premiered in August, it instantly became one of the most reviled shows in the history of American TV. And for that, the show itself was not to blame (not much, anyway). But NBC chose to break away from their live (not live) coverage of the Olympic Closing Ceremony Aug. 12 to showcase the veterinarian sitcom starring Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Crystal the Monkey instead of the live (not live) performances of no-names like Muse and The Who. But TV audiences are a forgiving sort, and should be open to judge "Animal Practice" on its own merits when it debuts in its regular time slot tonight (Sept. 26). But does it have any merits? Animal lovers (guilty!) probably don't think so. Besides the indignity of a Capuchin monkey performing tricks, Dr. George Coleman's (Kirk) womanizing vet treats his practice like a nightclub. His first patient in the pilot, for example, is... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/animal-practice-review-charismatic-cast-delivers-lighthearted-fun-for-everyone----except-animal-love.html

Animal Practice (NBC) “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” Review

As of its second episode, "Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,"  Animal Practice  is still trying to find its footing . There’s a lot of different tones  trying to blend together here, and it doesn’t always mesh, but there’s certainly some worthwhile things to pick out of the slush. For instance, this episode’s cold open, in which Dr. Coleman and Dr. Rizzo go through their morning routines in tandem. It’s the exact kind of monkey-based humor I expected and desired from  Animal Practice , and it delivers. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/09/26/animal-practice-nbc-little-miss-cant-be-wrong-review/  

Television Review: ‘Animal Practice’ and ‘The Neighbors,’ TV Comedies

"Animal Practice," on NBC, and "The Neighbors," on ABC, are new comedy shows on Wednesdays. //tv.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/arts/television/animal-practice-and-the-neighbors-tv-comedies.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Animal Practice: "Pilot" Review

Look, full disclosure. The one time I actually found myself laughing out loud during the pilot episode of NBC's Animal Practice was...monkey-related. And by monkey-related, I mean Crystal the Monkey-related (Annie's Boobs on Community, Night at the Museum movies, We Bought a Zoo, destroyer of worlds). So NBC is either ingenious for dressing up their most valuable prime time player - a Capuchin monkey - in a tiny white doctor's coat and calling her Dr. Rizzo, or they're in big trouble. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/11/animal-practice-pilot-review  

Review: NBC's 'Animal Practice' monkeys around with Justin Kirk

When Crystal the Monkey is the most popular character on NBC's new 'Animal Practice,' you know there's trouble ahead. Justin Kirk and crew deserve better. The second of NBC's new comedies centered on Someone We All Wish Would Find a Successful Network Comedy is airing Sunday night. The first was "Go On," featuring Matthew Perry; this weekend it's "Animal Practice," starring Justin Kirk. //feeds.latimes.com/~r/latimes/entertainment/news/tv/~3/7U97THTz5RU/la-et-st-animal-practice-review-20120811,0,4574.story