NBC Cancels ‘Animal Practice,’ Reveals ‘Whitney’ Premiere Date

Animal Practice Cancelled

NBC has cancelled Justin Kirk’s “Animal Practice.”

The freshman comedy which stars Kirk as a crazy veterinarian will air it last episode on Nov. 7. The show will air a few more episodes before its replaced by “Whitney” on Wed., at 8/7c.

NBC Drops Midseason Comedy ‘Next Caller’

The peacock network delayed “Community” and “Whitney’s” season premiere due to “any schedule changes.” “Whitney” which stars Whitney Cummings will return for its second season on Nov. 14, however, “Community” has no premiere date yet.

“Animal Practice” is the second new fall series dropped following CBS’ “Made In Jersey.”

Will you miss the “Practice?”

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‘Smash’ Adds Jesse L. Martin And More Casting News

Smash

“Rent” alum, Jesse L. Martin is joining “Smash”‘s upcoming season.

The “Law and Order” vet has been cast to play Scott Welker in a recurring role. Welker is an artistic director at a theater company and a potential love interest to Julia, who is played by Debra Messing, THR reports.

Jesse L. Martin joins Jennifer HudsonSean HayesJeremy JordanKrysta Rodriguez, and Sheryl Lee Ralph on the second season of NBC’s musical drama.

“Smash” returns midseason on NBC.

In other casting news…

“Everwood” alum, Tom Amandes will guest star on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal.” Amande will play Governor Reston on the drama’s upcoming season. [THR]

Trisha Rae Stahl is set to recur on Fox’s drama “Glee.” The actress was seen last night during the fourth season premiere as Marley Rose’s mother. [THR]

Annie Potts has been tapped to play Justin Krik’s mother Virginia on “Animal Practice.” Potts’ character is described as “snobbish, racist, and [totally] self absorbed” lady. [TVLine]

Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have joined “Arrested Development” fourth season.has added two new actors to Season 4. Details about their characters are being kept under lock and key. [Zap2it]

Isaiah Mustafa will guest star in “Nikita.” Mustafa is set to play Cyrus, one of the Dirty Thirty ex-Division agents the titular spy and her team. [TV Guide]

Jeffrey Nordling (24) has joined The CW’s new drama “Arrow” as Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress father. [Examiner]

Grace Gummer-Merly Streep’s daughter has joined ABC’s midseason new series “Zero Hour” in a recurring role as FBI Agent Paige Willis. [EW]

Bill Maher to Appear in ‘The Good Wife’ And More Casting News

Bill Maher has booked a role on “The Good Wife.”
The comedian and host of HBO’s “The Real Time with Bill Maher” will play himself in an episode of the upcoming season, the network announced today.
In Addition, TVLine reports, Judd Hirsch will appear as a judge on the CBS’ drama.
 

The “Numbers” alum and Maher join “TGW’ star studded guest stars: John Shea, Mike Colter, Christina Ricci, Kristin Chenoweth, Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy, Annabella Sciorra, Maura Tierney, Amanda Peet, and Marc Warren.

The Good Wife returns Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.

More casting news…

Brain McNamara is set to guest star as a pet expo proprietor in an upcoming episode of “Bones.” [TVLine]

Britney Spears’s mentor on “The X Factor” is the Black Eyed Peas front-man will.i.am. [TVGuide]

“Brothers & Sisters” vet Gilles Marini has been promoted to series regular on ABC Family drama “Switched at Birth.” [Deadline]

Jason Lee has landed guest role on TBS comedy “Men at Work.” Lee will play the guys’ annoying co-worker  in the comedy’s sophomore season. [TV Guide]

June Diane Raphael (New Girl) has booked a recurring role as a new hire on NBC’s new comedy “Animal Practice.” [THR]

Jon Michael Hill (Detroit 187) has been made a series regular on CBS’ Sherlock drama “Elementary.” The “Detroit 187″ star will play a detective in the new series. [Deadline]

R&B star Ne-Yo has landed a cameo in The CW series “90210.” [TV Guide]

TV Pilot Reviews: ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘The New Normal’ And More

With the million shows premiering this fall, I decided to watch the new comedies’ pilots and share my first impressions with you.

If you haven’t watched the comedies, you can watch them online. Let’s start with FOX’s new comedies, “The Mindy Project” and “Ben and Kate.”

The Mindy Project

“The Mindy Project” premieres Sept. 15 on Fox.

The plot: Mindy Lahiri stars as Mindy, a 31-years-old Indian-American OB/GYN, who is successful in every area of her life, except her love life. Anna Camp plays Gwen, Mindy’s friend (I hope Anna will be given more screen time), Danny Castellano played by Chris Messina who is Mindy’s rival, fellow doctor, and potential love interest, and Ed Weeks plays Jeremy, Mindy’s fellow doctor and friend.

First impression: This show had everybody talking. When I saw the trailer, I mentally added it to my list of upcoming shows. Mindy is so funny and hilarious all the time, that you can’t stop grinning while watching the show.

Another thing that makes the show great is the cast: Anna Camp, Stephen Tobolowsky, Chris Messina and its guest stars: Bill Hader, and Ed Helms. Hello! I hope the show keeps inviting great guest stars.

I will definitely tune in. It is funny, fun and hilarious. However, the romantic clichés and untimely pop-culture references could be down turned a bit. Just a bit.

Grade: B

Ben and Kate

“Ben and Kate” premieres Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. on Fox.

The plot: An idiotic brother returns home to help his single sister raise her adorable five-year old daughter.

The pilot was good; it was not laugh-out-loud funny, but it was funny. The show has potential. I hope we get to see more of Tommy, Ben’s friend who is obsessed with Kate. Am I the only one who doesn’t find BJ funny?

If you don’t like watching shows which are stupidly funny, this show is not for you. The show has heart and potential, so I will give the show a few more episodes.

C+

“Animal Practice” premieres Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. on NBC.

The plot: Dr. George Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Dorothy Crane returns to run Crane Animal Hospital more “professionally” and annoy Coleman in the process.

I’m surprised I sat through it. The pilot was messy. Maybe the show should focus more on the animals other than the humans. The monkey (Hangover) was great, and it is pretty obvious she is the star of the show.

I’m a fan of Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), so might stick around. If you’re not or do not enjoy watching animals on-screen, this show is not for you.

Grade: D

The New Normal

“The New Normal” premieres Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC

The plot: a homosexual couple decides to have a baby via a surrogate. However, the surrogate they choose has an outspoken bigot grandmother, a cute daughter and financial problems.

This show was not on my radar, but it is now! The show is great. It delivers, and nails every scene. It has a lot of heart; it is funnay,  interesting, and entertaining. I want more!

The cast, including Nene Leakes rocked. The chemistry between the cast was great. I would be adding this show to my DVR. Despite the controversies surrounding this show, but I hope it sticks around. If you do not like the gays, this show is CLEARLY not for you. But if you do, you should give this show a trial and ratings!

Grade: A

Go On

“Go On” premieres Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

The plot: a sportscaster is requested to see a therapist after he losses his wife in an accident.

I know the show sounds depressing, but it isn’t. Well, not yet. When I learnt Matthew Perry was returning to prime time, I hoped he found a decent show. And I’m happy he did.

I hope the show is here to stay because the show is great. It is funny, witty, and definitely has potential.

Grade: B

Have you watched the pilots? What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

 

Weekly TV News: ‘SOA’ to End After Season Seven, Sharon Osbourne Leaving ‘AGT’ and More

TV news you might have missed…

Kurt Sutter, the creator of “Sons of Anarchy” revealed today that, “SOA” will end after its seventh season. THR

What happened to the “24” movie you ask? According to Kiefer Sutherland, the movie will shoot next summer. “We didn’t have a script ready for [filming] until very close to the end of ‘Touch,’” Kiefer said at Fox’s Television Critics Association party. Huff Post TV

Is “America Got Talent” judge, Sharon Osbourne leaving “AGT”? According to this tweet, Osbourne said , she is not returning to the show not because of money but because of something else. However, Tuesday, at the Television Critics Association NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said the announcement was unexpected. “This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don’t even know what’s going on. And it’s probably much ado about nothing,” Greenblatt said.

NBC has picked up a new series called, “Dracula.” The series is based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast to play the lead role. Get more deets about the show here.

NBC will roll out episodes of “Go On” (August 8) and “Animal Practice,” (August 12) commercial-free during the Olympics. While six-minutes of ‘Revolution” will air Sat., August 4 at 10:54 p.m. ET.

Kathy Griffins talk show “Kathy” has been renewed for a second season by Bravo.

“Big Rich Texas” has been renewed for a third season. A spin-off of the reality series, “Big Rich Georgia” has been picked by Style network.

Comedy Central’s late-night hosts, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert contracts have been extended. “The Daily Show” was extended through mid-2015, while Colbert’s new agreement is good through the end of 2014. EW

Style network will air CW’s soap drama, “Gossip Girl”  beginning Wed., August 15 at 8-11 p.m. ET.

Fall Scoop: NBC Reveals Its Premiere Dates

 

NBC announced the premiere dates for its returning/new shows.

Related: NBC’s 2012-2013 Lineup: New Comedy Block On Fri., And More

The network will roll out its new and returning shows before the official Sept. 24 start date of the 2012-13 TV season. NBC will air its new shows during the Olympics. “30 Rock,” “Community,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Whitney.” will return in October.

Here are the premiere dates:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
“Go On” (following Olympics) [new series]

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
“Animal Practice” (following Olympics closing ceremonies) [new series]

MONDAY, AUGUST 13
8 p..m. “Stars Earn Stripes” [new series]
10 p.m. “Grimm”

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
7:30 p.m. NFL Kickoff Special
8:30 pm.. Sunday Night Football (special night)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8:15 p.m. Sunday Night Football

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
8 p.m. “The Voice” (two hours)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
9 p.m. “Go On” (regular time period debut)
9:30 p.m. “The New Normal” [new series]
10 p.m. “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
10 p.m. “Guys With Kids” (following finale of America’s Got Talent) [new series]

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
9 p.m. “Grimm” (regular time period premiere)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
10 p.m. “Revolution” [new series]

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
8:30 p.m. “Up All Night”
9 p.m. “The Office”
9:30 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
8 p.m. “Animal Practice” (regular time period debut)
8:30 p.m. “Guys With Kids” (regular time period debut)
9 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” (two-hour premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
8 p.m. “30 Rock” [final season]

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
10 p.m. “Chicago Fire” [new series]

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
8 p.m. “Whitney”
8:30 p.m. “Community”


‘Guys With Kids,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ and More New NBC Shows Trailers.

Pictured: (l-r) Jamie Lyn Sigler as Emily, Zach Cregger as Nick, Tempestt Bledsoe as Marny, Anthony Anderson as Gary, Sara Rue as Sheila, Jesse Bradford as Chris

Just a few days ago, NBC revealed its upcoming season schedule and the trailers of its new shows. For the 2012-2013 schedule click here. Below are the trailers and their plot summaries. Take a peek! NBC is adding eight new shows to its lineup.

Guys With Kids”

“Chicago Fire”

“Animal Practice”

“Go on”

“Infamous”

“Revolution”

The Next Caller”

Share you thoughts, will you watch any of these new shows?