ANIMAL PRACTICE Has a New Showrunner

Uh-oh…

Showrunner Change On NBC’s ‘Animal Practice’ – Marco Pennette To Take Over – by Nellie Andreeva

There is a change at the helm of NBC‘s upcoming comedy series Animal Practice(formerly Animal Kingdom). Gail Lerner, who joined the show after the pilot as executive producer/showrunner, is departing, with Marco Pennette coming in as new showrunner. I hear the gig may be tied to a development/overall deal for Pennette at Universal TV. To accommodate the change and give Pennette time to get up to speed, I hear that the series’ planned hiatus has been pushed up by a week. Animal Practice, which just wrapped Episode 3, was supposed to start Episode 4 right away and take a hiatus next week. It will take the week-long break now instead.

Pennette is a sought-after showrunner who is credited with helping get ABC’s Ugly Betty off the ground and was a key writer-producer on Desperate Housewives. This past season, he created the ABC comedy pilotThe Manzanis starring Kirstie Alley and has another comedy with the Cheersalumna in consideration at TV Land.

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Making this kind of change after shooting only 3 episodes usually doesn’t bode well for a show’s future. Wonder what was bugging NBC.

Unless – you don’t suppose the monkey demanded it, do you? Hmm…