19 September 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The other night on Conan, sportscaster Bob Costas took exception to NBC’s breaking into the closing ceremony of the Olympics and delaying a performance by The Who in order to show a special advanced presentation of the network’s new series Animal Practice. I agree with Costas’s assertions that the Who is of greater value than Animal Practice and shouldn’t have been pushed aside, and that Animal Practice isn’t funny. But I think he missed the most reprehensible aspect of this heavily hyped show: NBC’s desperate attempt to find ratings traction by irresponsibly exploiting the capuchin monkey named Crystal (who is called Dr. Rizzo on the show) as a prop/gag. This is both sad and obscene, especially when you realize what Crystal is put through to get laughs.While there are several animal-related issues I could object to in this comedy about an animal hospital, »


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