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More Details Spill about "Grey's" Spinoff

More Details Spill about "Grey's" Spinoff

We've heard the rumors, we've seen the pictures, and we're getting tantalizingly close to watching the "Grey's Anatomy" episode that could become "Private Practice." As if my anticipation weren't already high enough, the Los Angeles Times recently published a fascinating story that addressed some of the myths about the spinoff and made me even more intrigued for Thursday's episode. Scroll down for some of the best revelations.

  • The spinoff was Shonda's idea. My theory was that ABC wanted to capitalize on the success of "Grey's" by starting the second series, but network entertainment president Stephen McPherson said creator Shonda Rhimes and executive producer Betsy Beers approached him with the idea last fall. "I immediately kissed them," he told the LA Times. "I flipped for it."
  • It's not "Grey's 2.0." Don't think of this like a "CSI" spinoff, with essentially the same plot but a different setting and cast. Rhimes described the show as lighter than "Grey's," and Beers called it "more neurotic." More neurotic than "Grey's"? Seriously?

Two more, so

  • Kate Walsh wondered why she was still on "Grey's." After Derek picked Meredith and Addison denied Mark, Walsh didn't quite know why the writers kept Addison on "Grey's" instead of sending her back to New York. Her character was only supposed to be in a handful of episodes, Rhimes says, but Walsh's performance convinced the writers to keep her around, and they soon started to see more possibilities for the character.
  • Rumors of jealousy toward Walsh have been greatly exaggerated. Though it was said that Ellen Pompeo, in particular, felt she should have been consulted before the spinoff plans started, Walsh said none of that is true. "Everyone has been truly, truly supportive and lovely," she told the LA Times. "Literally every person, when they let the cast know I was going to be doing this, every single cast member called me and said, 'Congratulations.'"

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sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
I can't wait for tonight's episode! I'm counting the hours, minutes and seconds :rotfl: I need to get a life!!! :oops: :rotfl: ___________________________________________________________ Behind every great man, there's a woman rolling her eyes :oy:
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Should be interesting!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I'm still sort of wishing that they hadn't made this all so public and instead waited to surprise us. I feel like now there is this great expectation for the spin-off and if it doesn't live up to those expectations, then even Grey's is going to end up kind of weird. I dunno. I'm interested to see Thursday's episode.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I guess we can only wait and see... I wasn't too crazy about the whole spinoff at first, but I must admit... it's growing on me. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. However, I still would have liked her to stay on Grey's.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
At first I was wasn't too happy with the news of a spinoff of Grey's but after seeing the pictures and the new cast it is growing on me. I just hope they change the title "Private Practice". For some reason it reminds me of Boston Legal or something lol.
smarler smarler 10 years
And one more thing: Why would Ellen Pompeo be pissed about a spin-off in the first place? I mean--hello--GREY'S Anatomy? She HAS her own show. Regardless, I am glad to hear that the bad feelings were just rumors.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
I hope its good!
smarler smarler 10 years
I keep hoping that it's all a rumor that ABC's just been letting run wild. I really NEED Addison to stay in Seattle--she's the only actually sane, normal, strong character on the show. On the other hand, if she leaves, then hopefully Mark McSteamy Sloan will get on a plane back to New York. Seriously, besides being really picky about his coffee, he doesn't add anything to the show.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
I disagree with the whole Addison not having a storyline. I was actually hoping that she and the chief would get together. I thought it would have been kind of cute. Style Before Comfort!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
I *seriously* hope Private Practice is as good as they think it will be. Not sure I believe all of what Kate Walsh has to say here, but I do like her and hope the show is a success without diluting Grey's any more than it has been this season.
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