JoAnna Garcia Joins NBC's Freshman Comedy 'Animal Practice'

Joanna Garcia Swisher

After Nick (Bent's David Walton) has a health scare, he realizes that his best friend of 15 years, Wendy (played by Better With You's Garcia Swisher) is "the one" and must now figure out how to break the news to her. Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti will write and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot.

JoAnna Garcia is checking in to Justin Kirk's wild comedy Animal Practice.

The Better With You actress has replaced Amy Huberman in NBC's freshman comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Garcia most recently co-starred in CBS' untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti comedy opposite David Walton, which the network opted to pass on this season.

In Animal Practice, which will premiere in the fall on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Garcia will play the female lead opposite Kirk's House-like veterinarian George who loves animals but hates their owners. Garcia's character shares a romantic history with George and is brought in to run the animal hospital where George holds court.

Brian Gatewoodpenned the pilot and will exec produce the Universal Television single-camera comedy alongside Alessandro Tanaka, Scott Armstrong, Ravi Nandan and Joe and Anthony Russo.

The comedy received a warm reception during NBC's upfront presentation earlier this month in New York where Madison Avenue buyers seemed receptive to the show's potentially broad appeal.

Garcia is repped by WME and John Carrabino Management.

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