TONIGHT: NBC goes ape; Neighbors visit ABC

That’s me, right, with Crystal, the star of NBC’s new comedy Animal Practice. Pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve had the star of a network series sit on my head.
Animal Practice is one of three new network comedies premiering Wednesday night, the other two being Guys With Kids and The Neighbors. Guys With Kids has previewed once or twice before but now moves to its regular slot, which it will hopefully vacate within weeks.
The entire returning network schedule plus more details on all three new shows can be found below:

8 p.m.  The Middle (ABC, City)
8 p.m.  Animal Practice  (NBC)  NEW
8:30 p.m.  Guys With Kids  (NBC)  NEW
9 p.m.  Criminal Minds  (CBS)
9 p.m.  Law & Order: SVU  (NBC, CTV TWO)
9 p.m.   Modern Family  (ABC, City)
9:30 p.m. The Neighbors (ABC)  NEW
10 p.m.  CSI  (CBS, CTV)


Animal Practice
Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. on NBC
A New York Veterinarian (played by Justin Kirk from Weeds) has way more time for his animal patients than he does for their owners. Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley, Joanna Garcia and Canucklehead Tyler Labine are  among the two legged players; a chimp known here as Dr. Zaius steals most of the scenes.
This series is like those monkey cards you give to friends on their birthday: good for one laugh.

Guys With Kids
Premieres 8:30 p.m. on NBC, 9:30 on Global. Basically Three Men and Three Babies (see photo, above). Cast includes Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger, Anthony Anderson, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Tempest Bledsdoe.
Paging Dr. Huxtable–sterilization! This one note sitcom gets whiny and poopy pretty fast.

The Neighbors
Wednesday Sept. 26, 9:30 p.m., ABC
A family moves from Brooklyn to the pristine, gated community of Hidden Hills, New Jersey, only to discover that every single one of their neighbours is from Planet Claire.
Coneheads meets Third Rock from the Sun. Jamie Gertz, as the normal mom, is about the only name player here (Tyler Christopher, Isabella Cramp, Tim Jo, Simon Templeman and Lenny Venito are also in the cast). This series is so high concept just watching it will give you a nosebleed. Have to say, however, it made me laugh, especially the aliens, who move in unison and have American sports star names like Larry Bird and Jackie Joyner Kersee.

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