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Five Questions for Private Practice Before Season Three

Five Questions for Private Practice

It's Summer, and that means it's time for my Five Questions series, where I reflect on the most recent seasons of some favorite shows and chat about their challenges for the future. Today, I'm posing some questions for Private Practice, which will launch its third season this Fall.

  1. What's Violet's condition? Despite the dire circumstances in which we last saw Violet, Amy Brenneman was on set when I visited last week, and there are some spoilers at that link about what she may be facing this Fall. Even if Violet does live, how will she live? Will the attack leave her permanently damaged? Will she have flashbacks to that horrifying scene? Speaking of which . . .
  2. Will Private Practice turn into a parade of over-the-top plotlines? Even Brenneman herself said it felt like she was "in a Quentin Tarantino movie — I'm in a whole other universe" during the season finale, and I hope this Violet situation is an anomaly. I like when the doctors interact and fall for each other and work out dilemmas. I like when this show moves me. I do not like it when it suddenly feels like an episode of Law and Order: SVU. The show needs to create buzz and draw in viewers, but there's got to be a better way.

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  1. Can Naomi really run a competing practice? Do we want to watch her set up a new business that competes the one all of her friends are running? Naomi's office was conspicuously empty on set. But part of me still thinks she'll be back at Oceanside before long, and I think that might be for the best. I like everyone on the same team.
  2. Who should and should not be romantically involved? Assuming Violet survives, do we like her with Pete? Should this be a long relationship that spans many episodes? I'm not sure I see it lasting forever, but they may already share a child. And what about Naomi and Sam? It seems like they can never quite get over each other, and the friendship thing is officially not working out well at all. Will this next season be all about them moving on or moving back? And will Charlotte and Cooper ever get it together, or will they always be sort of annoyingly mismatched?
  3. Could we have some more humor? At one point last season, I dubbed Private Practice "the show that kills children" because it seems like one kid or another was constantly in peril. True, I like to have my heartstrings tugged, but part of the original appeal of Oceanside was that it would be lighter than Seattle Grace. Sometimes this show does have great comic relief — especially with Cooper — and I really wouldn't mind seeing more of that in season three. These friends have great chemistry together; not everything needs to be so heavy all the time.

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DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
Buzz, are you (sadly) not reviewing PP anymore?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I am so with you on questions 2 and 5. Private Practice used to the funnier sexier version of Grey's, and now your moniker "The Show that Kills Children" is more right on.
cibele cibele 8 years
I liker Violet and really like her with Peter. And I know a few people that care about her :)
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I still wish Addison would just move back to Seattle and put this whole show behind her.
kred kred 8 years
Did they confirm that Violets baby is Pete's?
fabinpink fabinpink 8 years
I would also like to see more humor in PrP. The finale with Violet's drama became to dramatic and OTT. The only one I care about is Addison. I don't mind Naomi working in the other practice as long as it does not reduce the Addie/Naomi scenes together.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i liked the violet and cooper story i was kind of sad they moved on so quickly...
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