Pilot Scoop: Justin Kirk to Headline NBC Comedy Animal Kingdom – Is He Out of Weeds?

Justin Kirk Animal KingdomIs Uncle Andy quitting Weeds cold turkey?

Justin Kirk has landed the lead role in NBC’s comedy pilot Animal Kingdom, news that presumably puts the future of his role in the long-running Showtime satire in doubt.

Or not.

A rep for the cabler could not be reached for comment, but I’m told Kirk could easily appear in Weeds‘ upcoming eighth season since it shoots before Animal Kingdom would ramp up production later this summer (assuming it gets picked up to series). But first he needs to come to a contractual agreement with Showtime since his pact ended with Season 7. According to out sister site Deadline.com, negotiations are underway.

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In Kingdom, Kirk will play Dr. George Coleman, a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners.

Arrested Development alums Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the pilot. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka penned the script and will serve as exec producers.