Justin Kirk rules NBC's 'Animal Kingdom,' Jon Favreau directing 'Revolution' pilot

justin-kirk-gi.jpg "Weeds" star Justin Kirk is moving to NBC for a comedy pilot called "Animal Kingdom" -- but that doesn't necessarily mean he's done with the Showtime series.

Kirk will play the lead role in "Animal Kingdom," which is about a veterinarian who likes the animals he cares for a lot more than their owners. Deadline reports he's also negotiating with Showtime about a new contract for Season 8 of "Weeds," which will likely be the last for the show. The schedule for "Weeds" likely wouldn't interfere with that for "Animal Kingdom" if the latter gets picked up for the 2012-13 season.

Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka ("The Sitter") wrote the pilot and are executive producing with directors Anthony and Joe Russo ("Community"), Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan.

Other pilot-season news, also from Deadline:

- Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") will direct NBC's Eric Kripke-J.J. Abrams drama pilot "Revolution," set in a world where all technology has ceased to work. It's Favreau's first TV pilot as a director since the ABC comedy "In Case of Emergency" in the 2006-07 season.

- "Mr. Sunshine's" Andrea Anders will star in an NBC comedy about two best friends, one of whom (Anders) has a seemingly perfect life and one who's a complete mess. The project is from "New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer.

- Aimee Garcia ("Dexter," "Trauma") is joining Jason Ritter in another NBC pilot, "County." She'll play an intern at a public hospital in the drama from "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights" executive producer Jason Katims.
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