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Kate Walsh Gets "Grey's" Spinoff

Kate Walsh Gets "Grey's" Spinoff

You've probably figured out by now that Kate Walsh (aka Dr. Addison Montgomery) is one of my favorite things about "Grey's Anatomy." So I am very interested in the news that the late-addition-turned-regular is set to star in her own "Grey's" spinoff on ABC.

According to a Wall Street Journal story published Wednesday, the still-untitled series is being developed by "Grey's" creator Shonda Rhimes and is likely to debut as a two-hour pilot in May.

As "Grey's Anatomy" insider points out, it's less common in this day and age for networks to pursue traditional spinoffs (a la "Frasier") but with a hit like "Grey's," can you really blame them? What do you guys think about the news? To hear my take,

So, wow. I'm conflicted about this one. It has been feeling a little crowded over at Seattle Grace recently with so many once-peripheral characters becoming series regulars, and I certainly wouldn't complain about watching an hour of Addison each week. Plus, I think Kate Walsh is a strong enough actress to hold down her own show; she's one of the best on "Grey's" when it comes to handling both the dramatic moments and the funny bits.

On the other hand, I'm worried this might be overreaching — and that it could hurt both shows. I'd hate for this to mean no more Addison on "Grey's," because I think she adds a lot to the dynamic. And as big as "Grey's" is now, I'm not sure its goodwill can carry over to a second show — especially after this somewhat up-and-down season.

I wonder if Kate Walsh was alluding to this when she joked on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week that with Meredith dead, she'd be taking over. Here's the video:

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addiekate addiekate 10 years
well i think is great!!!! kate is so talented!!! and her role is so brilliant!!! she totally deserved, she is way better than meredith boring grey!!! and way more beautiful, plus she is gaining lots of fans! addison is sexy, funny, a good person and is played by kate walsh. That`s why Addie is love!!!
mississippigirl1 mississippigirl1 10 years
On a slightly unrelated note - I got told by an older couple that I looked just like her the other day and it has pretty much made my week. Gotta love random compliments!
demily demily 10 years
I had no idea about this! I have always felt (since early season 2) that Addison was easily the best written character on TV, and definitely the most interesting on Grey's (which is saying a lot). I think Kate Walsh is beautiful and brilliant, but I don't want her on another show: I want her on Grey's! She does add so much to the dynamic. If they want to dump somebody, get rid of Callie. She's great and all, but she's served her time - move on. There are too many peripherals butting in . . . and too many mega-disasters . . . Grey's Anatomy is my favorite show on TV, but it is beginning to feel a little like ER. I don't watch E.R., p.s., because it sucks, i.e. blows.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
^^ Most CSI and Law and Order fans do it. ;)
jamiegirl jamiegirl 10 years
Although Addison is easily one of my favorite characters on the show, I don't think Grey's fans could easily accomadate a spin-off having to either discontinue watching Grey's or watching both (who has time for that much television).
nannychica nannychica 10 years
Taye Diggs has signed on to join the new show. I just read this on People (,,20012764,00.html)... "Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes is writing the episode, which, according to USA Today, will feature Walsh's character mulling an out-of-town job offer. Should the spinoff go forward, Addison will most likely accept the offer; if it does not, she'll stay at Seattle Grace." So see? If it turns out to not be such a good idea, then she'll stay in Seattle. But at least this way we'll get to see if we like it or not. :)
tomtom7 tomtom7 10 years
kate walsh is just one of the best. she's beautiful, classy, smart, funny and a great actress. just about the opposite of cranky, neurotic meredith ;-)
nannychica nannychica 10 years
So for those of you who are really against this idea, do you feel that way because you're afraid that GA might suck after she's gone? I don't think it will. And IF her new show sucks as well (which I don't think it will) they can always bring her back to Seattle.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I dont' think it's a great idea... I think the cast is great the way it is. A spinoff would be too much - maybe laaaater on!
kmcconne79 kmcconne79 10 years
Hmm... I guess I could see her going back to New York and maybe McSteamy going with her??? Who knows... I'm still not sold that the Chief is actually going to leave. I think he stays, unless they kill him off... But, since his wife isn't going to take him back... he has no reason for retirement.
lilren lilren 10 years
I really like her on the show, actually. Although I do agree that she purses her lips too much.
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
So does this mean she is leaving Grey's for good?!?? I HOPE SO! I CAN'T STAND HER! She can leave my McSteamy alone now!
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
wait.... so does anyone know what this show would be?
esk4 esk4 10 years
Baily Can't be cheif she's only a Resident, she still has to do her Fellowship
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
How exciting! But I guess that means she will not get Chief. I think Bailey will get it :)
esk4 esk4 10 years
Most of the best Spinoffs have been off of sitcoms not Dramas Idk if this could work
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
First off, she looks really good outside of the hospital clothes! Second, NO WAY to the spin off. I need Addison on the show, she makes the story line have more depth and i cant take anymore hospital shows.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Hmm.. I think it would be interesting.. maybe she could take alex and they could get married and open their own gyno institute or something.. haha.. okay, i might have gotten carried away. I think it could be a success.. but maybe after a couple of more seasons!
nannychica nannychica 10 years
I'm excited about this. And apparently I'm in the minority according to most comments I've read on other sites. I LOVE Kate Walsh and Addison is one of my favorite characters on the show. I for one don't think she has enough scenes on Grey's so I'd love to watch a show based on her character. :) And just like with Frasier and Cheers, this doesn't mean that she won't ever come back to GA occasionally for an appearance.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
What a surprise! I agree with Pinkrabbit; it seems like too much too soon, but with a talented writer and creator like Shondra Rimes, it just might work. Hopefully, the move won't leave viewers with two diluted shows. The ensemble cast works so well on Grey's; if Kate leaves, will she pull other Grey's cast members with her. Should be interesting. May's not that far away.
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
No thanks. Lately Kate Walsh has been displaying some acting ticks that annoy me to no end. The way she purses her lips ALL the time and the amount of makeup they have her wear is so distracting. I don't think her character is layered enough for a spin off and it feels way too soon. I think a spin off of the Mc. Steamy character would be more interesting, a less soft core version of Nip Tuck maybe?
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
I think it may be a little too soon. Fraiser came from Cheers that was on for... what? 11 years or something? Grey's hasn't been on that long and I don't know if the hype is just long winded with this show. I mean I love it but it may not work. We'll see though I guess. Depending on where it takes place and how they run her out of the show I could watch it. :D
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