Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Early Look at Animal Practice

After two weeks of partying with our readers at the Tamberny Awards,  Amber West and I return to our regularly scheduled program this week and review two of NBC’s upcoming comedies on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday—Go On and Animal Practice. 

We each caught a sneak peek at the pilot episodes, which were strategically positioned at the end of NBC’s Olympic broadcasts.  I somehow missed Go On, but I remembered to set my DVR to pick up Animal Practice after the Closing Ceremonies.

We watch Weeds in our house and love the Botwin family, including Andy (played by Justin Kirk).  Mr. Kirk’s comedic timing is fantastic on the Showtime hit; so when we learned that this was the final season of Weeds, and that the actor who has been entertaining us for the past eight years as the quirky brother-in-law/Botwin-father-figure was starring in a new sitcom, we knew that we’d want to check it out.

Obviously, from the title, the series focuses on an animal hospital and the doctors providing the care.  We have the “head” doctor, if that’s the appropriate term, Dr. George Coleman (Kirk), and his supporting staff.  The supporting staff comes with a very funny resume.  First we have a Chelsea Lately Round-Table veteran, Bobby Lee, playing Dr. Kim Yamamoto.  I’ve never seen Mr. Lee act before, but so far I’m not looking away.  We also have Tyler Labine, a very funny side-kick from two short-lived TV programs (the CW’s Reaper and CBS’s Mad Love), playing Dr. Doug Jackson.

As a side note, my favorite part played by Mr. Labine has to be the role of Dale in the comedy/horror film Tucker & Dale Versus Evil.  Now that’s entertainment!

But anyway, back to Animal Practice

Everything seems to be running smoothly at the hospital until George’s ex-girlfriend (Dorothy Crane, played by Reba star, Joanna Garcia-Swisher) returns.  As if her return isn’t bad enough, she brings with her the news that her aunt (the owner of the animal hospital) has named her the proprietor of the establishment.

So we have funny men (Kirk, Lee, and Labine), a funny lady (Garcia-Swisher), the elements of a romantic comedy, and animals… specifically a capuchin monkey (Dr. Rizzo, played by Crystal the Monkey).

Anyone who knows me knows that I love monkeys.  I loved Marcel, the monkey in Friends.  I also loved the monkey in The Hangover Part II—oh, wait… it’s the same monkey!  That’s right; Crystal the Monkey also starred alongside Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms in the popular sequel.  What a lucky monkey…

But will this be enough for Animal Practice?

To be honest, it’s too early to award Animal Practice with anything other than the SSTV rating.  I mean, we’ve only seen twenty-some-odd minutes worth.   Now, the pilot did show some promise… we’ll just have to see if the episodes can lift it up enough to keep it going once it returns in late September.

What did you think? Did you catch the sneak peek of the Animal Practice pilot?  How would you rate it?  Do you plan to catch the sitcom this fall?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s blog and see what she thinks about Matthew Perry’s return to comedy in Go On.   I can’t believe I missed this one.

Come back next week when Amber and I review something..

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Friday FabOoolousness – Escaping with Movies

Very rarely do we actually go to the movie theater to catch a new release, but my guy and I do frequent the fabOoolous movie vending machines known as Redbox.  We also like to “rent” movies via OnDemand, whether it is the pay services or the free premium channels that accompany our cable plan.

Lately, our weekends have been filled with late night cinematic greatness after a day of running all around the metroplex shopping for cars and home workout equipment.  After being out in the Texas heat (it came early this year, folks), we only seem to have enough energy to curl up on the couch and pop in a movie.  Mostly we lean toward the comedies, wanting to laugh the day away, but we don’t shy away from the drama and tension filled mysteries either.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a list of movies that come highly recommended here at The Ooo Factor, so it’s time…

*****

If you’re in the mood to laugh…

Jack and Jill

While it’s not Adam Sandler’s best, it was very enjoyable.  As always we see the same cast of characters that Happy Madison Productions likes to offer cameo appearances to (it’s almost like playing a game… “which of Sandler’s friends grabbed a part in this film”), and we see the same type of comedy we’ve grown accustomed to over the years when Sandler’s involved.

Jack and Jill actually shares a very valuable message through the twin brother (Jack, played by Adam Sandler) and twin sister’s (Jill, played by a cross-dressed Adam Sandler) tumultuous relationship, and shows the importance of family and true friends.  Oh, and movie goers get to experience Al Pacino in a role unlike any other he has played.

*****

If you’re looking for a good, yet dark, mystery…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Many have read the book, many have seen the Swedish film, but that didn’t stop American productions from making its very own version of the Steig Larson hit.  First of all, Rooney Mara deserves any and all acclaim for this film.  She transformed herself into the title character’s role, Lisbeth Salander.  From the hair, to the tattoos, to the piercings, and to the horrendously dark storyline of her character, she nailed the performance.  I think it’s safe to assume we won’t see Rooney resume her role in any future Nightmare on Elm Street renditions as Nancy, although that would be lovely.

And Daniel Craig, no he’s not James Bond in this film; but it is a nice change of pace from his 007 role.  I’ve always likened the actors who have played Bond in the past strictly to the Bond character, but not Craig.  His depth and acting skills are quite amazing, and I almost forget he’s our most recent sexy spy when I watch his other movies.

In the rare case that someone isn’t at all familiar with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise, let me warn you – this is a dark film; I cannot express it enough.  I don’t want to give anything away, but there really is no “Hollywood ending” to this story, but that’s not to say it isn’t fantastic.  And if you like mysteries and attempting to figure out the who, what, why, where, and when, give this one a go.

*****

One that I actually can’t recommend…

The Rum Diary

Usually we love Johnny Depp movies, and he seems to only select the best roles that add to his Hollywood greatness, but The Rum Diary was nothing at all like we expected.  The trailer looks hilarious, even the poster board at Redbox listed the movie as a comedy.  It’s not.  While there are funny moments, the movie’s more of a drama told in dedication to the deceased columnist and author, Hunter S. Thompson.

It’s hard to explain exactly what went wrong or where the film lost us, but we refused to give up and watched until the very end.  Even then, we just shook our heads in dismay; it was a major let down.

Here’s to hoping Depp is back to his fabOoolous roles as Barnabas Collins in the upcoming release, Dark Shadows.  Now this one will get me to the theater, and I really need to wash this Rum taste out of my mouth.

*****

Now, if you’re looking for a surprise treat…

Tucker and Dale Vs Evil

If you’re in the mood for a slasher that you can make fun of and laugh along with, I highly recommend Tucker and Dale Vs Evil starring Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Doll House) as Tucker, and Tyler Labine (Reaper) as Dale.  Most of us laugh at slashers anyway, right?  But those laughs are usually not along with the film, they are at the film…

In a nice change of events, we can actually laugh along with this movie.  Tucker and his buddy Dale, two hillbillies enjoying their purchase of their very first vacation home (a rundown shack that screams “Murderer lives here!”), are mistaken as murderers by a group of college students out in the woods on vacation.  One by one the college kids kill themselves, but no one is there to witness these deaths so the others believe Tucker and Dale are responsible.  Meanwhile Tucker and Dale think these kids have lost their minds killing one another, and they too are running around just as scared.

Seriously, this is an underrated film.  Most have probably not even heard of it.  Have you?

*****

Have you seen any of these movies?  If so, what did you think?  What movies have you seen lately that come highly recommended?  Have you been disappointed by any recent films?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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