|Justin Kirk stars in 'Animal Practice'. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/AFP)
Justin Kirk doesn't feel anyone should be judging his new sitcom Animal Practice based on what they think it is.
"We're going to be both broad and clever at the same time," Kirk said. "I think we are both a smart and weird show, with some great and sometimes dense writing, and then sometimes we just have (cast-mate) Bobby Lee run into a plate-glass window. And I like both those things.
"Listen, if you want to come for the monkey, come for the monkey. If you want to stay for Bobby Lee, we'll take you all."
Animal Practice nestles into its regular time slots Wednesday on NBC, and Sunday on Global. The pilot episode aired previously in one of those multi-premiere approaches that have caused such confusion this fall.
The stars of Animal Practice are Kirk (as a veterinarian named Dr. George Coleman), JoAnna Garcia (as George's new boss Dorothy) and a monkey. Hey, that's no way to talk about Canadian Tyler Labine. Oh, wait, both Labine AND Crystal the monkey are in the show, got it. But Labine's character is nicknamed Dog. This is tougher than we thought.
Anyway, in the upcoming episode, Dog is too nervous to perform surgery on his own dog, so he enlists George to do it.
Meanwhile, if you want to see another side of Kirk, the final season of Weeds -- in which he plays Andy Botwin -- is currently airing in Canada Tuesdays on IFC.