It’s official… JoAnna Garcia is returning to network television this fall…
The 32-year-old half-Cuban/half-Spanish American actress has been cast opposite Justin Kirk in NBC’s new fall comedy series Animal Practice.
In the office comedy, Kirk stars as George, a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually despises their owners—especially the new woman who runs the clinic. Garcia will portray that woman—George’s intelligent and beautiful old girlfriend now engaged to another, who is assigned to run the animal hospital.
Garcia, who previously starred in Better With You, replaces Amy Huberman who played the role in the pilot.
Along with Garcia and Kirk, Animal Practice co-stars Tyler Labine and Bobby Lee.
Garcia was originally attached to a family comedy project written by Better With You creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan. When that project didn’t go to pilot, she was quickly cast as the female lead in CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti comedy pilot, which came thisclose to a series order but ultimately missed the cut. Garcia was immediately approached about starring in Animal Practice and, after negotiations and a chemistry read with Kirk, was cast in the role.