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Besides being highly compensated, Mr. Moonves and Mr. Dauman, 58, have another thing in common: They both work for octogenarian billionaire Sumner Redstone, who controls more than 79 percent of the voting stock in both companies.

NBC cancels ‘Animal Practice,’ replaces it with ‘Whitney’

Crystal the monkey is hanging up her doctor’s coat.

NBC said Thursday it’s pulling the low-rated sitcom “Animal Practice,” with the last episode to air Nov. 7.

The series stars Justin Kirk (“Weeds”) as a veterinarian at a New York animal hospital. His co-stars include Crystal, a Capuchin monkey with the “Hangover” movie sequel among her credits.

“Animal Practice” had the dubious distinction of annoying Olympic viewers: NBC interrupted the Summer Games’ closing ceremony to air the sitcom’s debut episode.

This week, “Animal Practice” drew less than 4 million viewers. That compares to the more than 14 million averaged by top-rated sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS.

“Animal Practice” will be replaced by “Whitney,” starring Whitney Cummings, which returns for its second-season debut 8 p.m. Nov. 14.

West Memphis Three films to be released as set

The three HBO documentaries that helped free Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin — aka the West Memphis Three — from certain death in prison will be released as a collector’s edition box set Nov. 6.

“Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills,” “Paradise Lost 2: Revelations” and “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” all were directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The trilogy documents the experiences of the accused, from trial to sentencing to long-awaited freedom 18 years later thanks in part to the help of entertainment luminaries such as director Peter Jackson (whose “West of Memphis” documentary was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics following its Sundance debut) and Johnny Depp in what turned out to be a true Hollywood ending.

The three-DVD set will include more than an hour of rare footage, a never-before-seen interview with Mr. Baldwin on the morning of his release from prison, and a collectible booklet featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs chronicling the nearly two decades during which the films were in production.

• Compiled from Web and wire reports