Exclusive ‘Animal Practice’ First Look: Meet Fall TV’s Hottest Star — VIDEO

ALTDuring July’s San Diego Comic Con and NBC’s recent star-studded TCA party, fans and reporters alike were able to mingle with the network’s best and brightest. From sitcom staple Matthew Perry to Weeds (and now Animal Practice) star Justin Kirk, there was never a shortage of serious TV star power to keep the masses happy. Unfortunately for their egos, one emerging star shined much more brightly than the rest: Crystal the Monkey, a delightful capuchin who has starred in everything from Night at the Museum to The Hangover Part II to NBC’s own Community, as the thieving Annie’s Boobs.

Starting this fall, Crystal will take on a more permanent role as Dr. Rizzo in Animal Practice, a zany comedy that focuses on Dr. George Coleman’s (Kirk) bustling veterinary practice in New York City. Coleman’s natural way with animals contrasts sharply with his hilarious lack of human interpersonal skills, and he finds himself bonding much more with Rizzo than with his other coworkers, including his ex-girlfriend Dorothy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher).

In the video below, Kirk, Crystal, and the rest of the Animal Practice gang offer up a first look at the charming new sitcom. Check it out to learn why not all dogs go to heaven. (Cats do.)

Animal Practice premieres Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.