Another stumble in NBC's near perfect show of incompetence in the Olympic games, as it cut away from Ray Davies singing Waterloo Sunset to air Animal Practice, which is "a show about a fictional animal dr" according to a disgruntled tweet from Glee star Kevin McHale.
NBC cut out Kate Bush, The Who, and Muse, causing #NBCfail to trend worldwide.
The New Statesman
NBC Halts Olympics for Monkey Show
~ Headline in the St. Louis Tribune
Is NBC's Animal Practice the Most-Hated Show on Television?
Headline on Forbes
I don’t think NBC has ever run full pilots inside the Olympics before, which hopefully will drive a lot of attention. If we have 30 million viewers or 25 million viewers pouring into one of these previews, we’d be thrilled.
~ NBC entertainment head Bob Greenblatt, apparently clueless that fans would be furious if NBC screwed up once again.
Wow, NBC cut Muse, Kate Bush and freaking Ray Davies out of their broadcast. Oh, and The Who? In an hour after Animal Practice.
— Francois Marchand (@FMarchandVS) August 13, 2012
I think NBC has managed to become even less popular than Congress.
— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) August 13, 2012
"Gee, I can't wait for the
#ClosingCeremonies to be over so I can watch Animal Practice" - No One Ever. #NBCFail
— Stacey (@BookSavvy) August 13, 2012
I have never seen Twitter more united than at the reactions to having to sit through Animal Practice just to see The Who.
— Amy (@spooloflies) August 13, 2012
"Animal Practice" might be the first time a series is cancelled before it actually premieres.
— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) August 13, 2012
Doing a Twitter search for "Animal Practice" right now is like tapping a keg of pure hate.
— Robot Chicken (@cyborgturkey) August 13, 2012
NBC gives the American audience "Animal Practice", while the UK audience gets actual human health care.
— Paul Myers (@pulmyears) August 13, 2012
"Yo, NBC audience, I'm real happy for you and I'mma let The Who finish, but Animal Practice is the best closing ceremony act of all time!"
— Matthew Keys (@ProducerMatthew) August 13, 2012
so NBC's new comedy Animal Practice gets a commercial-free preview and they carve up the
#closingceremonies like one of Dexter's kills? Booo
— damianholbrook (@TVGMDamian) August 13, 2012
Remember, after the Olympics, NBC's ANIMAL PRACTICE will be competing in the 200m freestyle cancellation.
— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) August 13, 2012
NBC threw the producers of Animal Practice under a double-decker bus last night.
— Sib Ventress (@cposnarky) August 13, 2012
"Every US Olympian has the courage of a 9/11 astronaut. Watch our monkey sitcom!" (all of NBC's Olympics coverage in one tweet)
— Rob Kutner (@ApocalypseHow) August 13, 2012
Also NBC- next time you cut a performance from an event you should also cut out where Costas say "performances from The Who next"
— Pete Mele (@spud_monkey) August 13, 2012
Perhaps research provided to
#NBC by TheFronsholeCo. suggested busy audiences prefer the simplicity of monkey pee jokes to TheWho.
— SHADOW PineValleyPod (@SHADOWUSR) August 13, 2012
So farewell then NBC
#Olympics. "Viewers incensed" yes, that is the final catchphrase. Sitcom about a monkey took precedence over closing.
— John Kennedy OConnor (@JohnKOConnor) August 13, 2012