Ok, so I don’t watch Weeds, but I’ve got to assume that Justin Kirk doesn’t always look this disgusting. Though I’m usually a fan of redheads, even fake ones, they seriously need to figure out what to do with his curly hair if this show actually manages to make it to series. Hint: see Daniel Sharman in Teen Wolf or Matthew Morrison in Glee. The way I see it, there are two types of roles for leading men in television no matter the genre, romantic (Clark Kent on Smallville or Jim Halpert on The Office) and non-romantic (Zeke Braverman on Parenthood or the titular character of House). What I’m trying to point out is that they did nothing to hide Kirk’s advanced age in the pilot and made it worse by pairing him with a very cute love interest, played by Reba’s Joanna Garcia (I thought she was Anna Kendrick at first, she looks so youthful). He’s a great actor, I just don’t think he has it going on in the looks department, at least not enough to play a romantic male lead.
Then there’s this enormous “animal hospital.” I worked as a vet tech for three years, so I can say from experience that there is no such thing as a veterinary clinic this big. Even if they had enough doctors to run the place, it would be the only clinic in town because there would be no doctors left to work anywhere else. The writers also overlook the fact that in veterinary school, most doctors choose a specialty and stick with it. Every school is different, but at most, there’s a track for small animal (dogs and cats), large animal (horses, pigs, cows) and exotic (stuff you see at the zoo) specialties. We see all of the doctors featured in the pilot use their skills on an unrealistic range of species. The cast is also heavily dominated by doctors, who I understand are the main characters of the show, but we only really get to know one technician, the quirky Angela. In any animal clinic, there are usually about three technicians to one doctor, so I think the show would be much richer if they included more scenes with Kim Whitley (she’s only in one) instead of featuring Betsy Sodaro in every other scene. She’s hysterical, but a line needs to be drawn somewhere.
I honestly don’t think this show will survive. If it’s lucky enough to get a series run this year, it’ll undoubtedly be cancelled after the first season. The show will be paired alongside Guys With Kids, which I’m really looking forward to, and Go On, whose pilot has already aired and received 3/5 stars from me. However, the comedy trio will air on Wednesday nights on NBC, a very treacherous move for the network, as ABC has already established an award-winningly hilarious on the same night. I’ll be Hulu-ing GWK and Go On, but chances are slim for Animal Practice to make it on my regular watch list. My advice, watch at your own risk but don’t even think about falling in love with this show because you’ll be sorely disappointed come summer.