Após pressão de ambientalistas, que provocou uma violenta queda de público, NBC escala Whitney para ocupar o horário da sitcom cancelada nesta quinta-feira (18)
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Comunicado da NBC (em inglês) informando a substituição (forçada pelos trogloditas do PETA):
“NBC’S WHITNEY RETURNS FOR SECOND-SEASON PREMIERE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 18, 2012 – NBC announced that its second-year comedy series Whitney will return to its primetime lineup on Wednesday, November 14 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) replacing Animal Practice.
Whitney Cummings stars in the title role in the multi-camera series which is a look at modern-day love and relationships which centers around Whitney (Cummings, Chelsea Lately) and Alex (Chris D’Elia, Glory Days), a happily – newly “married” couple. Surrounded by a quirky group of friends, Zoe Lister-Jones (The Other Guys), Rhea Seehorn (The Starter Wife), Dan O’Brien (How I Met Your Mother), and Tone Bell (new to the second season of the show). The series is produced by Universal Television and Stuber Television. The executive producers are Scott Stuber (The Breakup), Quan Phung (My Boys), Wil Calhoun (Friends) and Barry Katz (Last Comic Standing). Andy Ackerman (Seinfeld) is the director and an EP.”
Originalmente, Whitney estava programada para retornar nesta sexta-feira (19), assim como Community. Mas a preocupação com a debandada de público de Animal Practice (cujos episódios passarão no Brasil no Universal Channel, a partir do dia 14 de novembro). Segundo Bob Greenblatt, número 1 do Entretenimento, todos os oito episódios gravados irão ao ar até o dia 7 de novembro.
Abaixo, a celebração sem pé e nem cabeça dos ambientalistas metidos da PETA (também em comunicado oficial – em inglês):
“Victory! Animal Practice Canceled
Animal advocates, it’s time to break out the bubbly. After pressure from PETA and tens of thousands of our members and supporters, NBC has pulled the plug on its cruel show, Animal Practice. Here’s the celebration in progress at PETA’s Bob Barker Building in L.A.
The only thing funny about this “sitcom” was its laughable ratings. By not tuning in, viewers told NBC that they weren’t interested in watching animals dressed up and made to perform cheap tricks—animals who had been torn away from their mothers as babies and subjected to cruel training methods and unnatural living conditions.
Even before the first episode aired, PETA showed NBC that if the network wanted to broadcast cruelty, it was going to have a rocky road ahead of it. We wrote to NBC and the show’s producers and explained how wild animals suffer in the entertainment industry. We kept the heat on by asking advertisers to pull their support, organizing demonstrations, sending an urgent action alert to our members and supporters, and enlisting primate experts to speak out about how the portrayal of monkeys as “pets” leads irresponsible people to acquire them on a whim. And it worked.
NBC will air the three remaining episodes of Animal Practice that have already been filmed. Then viewers can rest assured that cruelty to animals won’t be part of the Wednesday night TV lineup.
Atores de Animal Practice: vítimas da ira de ecochatos