ABC's "Private Practice" Spoilers
The Golden Globe-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy" Shonda Rhimes is keeping a tight lid on details about her new ABC series "Private Practice," but a couple of tidbits about the much-anticipated "Grey's" spin-off have leaked, so here's a little recap of what we know about the new show.
The theme of the Santa Monica-based series is a new beginning.
Having left behind her job as a renowned surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital, a broken marriage with Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, and her torn relationship with Mark "McSteamy" Sloan, Addison Montgomery moves to L.A. for sunnier weather and happier possibilities.
Addison's formal arrival in Oceanside Wellness Center will come as a surprise to the co-op's residents, who have alerady had a chance to meet her, and - as the show star Amy Brenneman puts it "she takes over her new job in a little strange, but very Shonda Rhimes fun way."
There will be lots of sexual tension in the co-op from the get-go. "There is literally steam in the first episode," says Kate Walsh. These adults are attracted to each other, so there will be no shortage of heat. "The viewers may get a little toasty," adds Walsh.
The teasing pre-bedhopping tension may however escalate into something a lot serious when Addison discovers the cocky alternative medicine specialist Dr. Pete Wilder (Tim Daly) who caught her eye in the pilot episode may just be a man still reeling from his wife's tragic passing eight years beforehand.
Although he has been unable to truly connect with a woman since the tragedy, his immediate and palpable chemistry with Addison may bloom into a much strong bond. The couple could be hooking up by the show's fourth or fifth episode.
Meanwhile, Addison's friend Dr. Naomi Bennett (actress Audra McDonald takes over the role from Merrin Dungey) tries to co-exist with her former husband Sam (Taye Diggs) for the sake of their teenaged daughter, Maya, and their medical practice, but the relationship is hardly amicable.
According to SpoilerFix, Maya will deal with her parents' divorce in a very unusual way - she will tell her mother that she's happy they are divorcing and that she's been wishing for it since the third grade.
KaDee Strickland who did not appear in the pilot episode, joins the show as Charlotte King, the Chief of Staff of the nearby hospital who believes that the co-op doctors' patient care methods are unorthodox and, therefore, inferior to her own.
Shonda Rhimes, who is overseeing both "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," has no immediate plans to have other characters from "Grey's" appear on "Practice," but there may be such stunts in the future.
These candids from the set of "Private Practice" in Santa Monica were taken about a week before Kate Walsh's wedding to Alex Young. The cast and crew have already filmed the first 4 episodes out of the initial 13 episode order.
Just like NBC's hit sitcom "Friends" which had distinctive episode titles beginning with "The one with/where...," the writers of "Private Practice" will begin each episode title with "In Which... ."
The first episode (airs September 26 at 9/8c) is called "In Which We Meet Addison, A Nice Girl From Somewhere Else."
Catch a "Private Practice" special "Come Rain or Shine: From Grey's Anatomy to Private Practice" in the same timeslot, a week earlier, September 19. The special should recap the backdoor pilot of "Practice" which aired in May.