JoAnna Garcia joins NBC's 'Animal Practice'

joanna-garcia-joins-animal-practice-gi.jpgNBC has found the (new) female lead for its new comedy "Animal Practice": JoAnna Garcia will star opposite Justin Kirk in the series.

Garcia ("Better With You," "Privileged") will play Dorothy Crane, the new director of a New York animal hospital founded by her grandmother -- and the ex-girlfriend of cranky veterinarian Dr. George Coleman (Kirk). She wants to change the way the business is run, there's tension from their personal relationship, comedy ensues.

Garcia is replacing Amy Huberman, who played the part in the pilot.

Garcia's other recent credits include recurring parts on "Royal Pains" and "Gossip Girl." She also starred in a CBS comedy pilot (which was going by the tentative title "Oh F***, It's You") this spring, but when it wasn't picked up it freed her to join the NBC show.

"Animal Practice," which also stars Tyler Labine and Bobby Lee, is scheduled to air on Wednesday nights in the fall. Take a look at the series trailer and let us know how you think Garcia will fit in.

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