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NBC cancels 'Animal Practice'

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  • The NBC comedy "Animal Practice," starring Crystal as Dr. Zaius and Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman, was canceled by the network Thursday.

    The NBC comedy "Animal Practice," starring Crystal as Dr. Zaius and Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman, was canceled by the network Thursday.
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LOS ANGELES -- Crystal the monkey is hanging up her doctor's coat.

NBC said Thursday it's pulling the low-rated sitcom "Animal Practice," with the last episode to air Nov. 7.

The series stars Justin Kirk ("Weeds") as a veterinarian at a New York animal hospital. His co-stars include Crystal, a Capuchin monkey with the "Hangover" movie sequel among her credits.

"Animal Practice" had the dubious distinction of annoying Olympic viewers: NBC interrupted the Summer Games' closing ceremony to air the sitcom's debut episode.

This week, "Animal Practice" drew less than 4 million viewers. That compares to the more than 14 million averaged by top-rated sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS.

"Animal Practice" will be replaced by "Whitney," starring Whitney Cummings, which returns for its second-season debut at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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