The heavily anticipated Kate Walsh-led Grey's Anatomy spin off finally has a name. A tentative one, at least: Private Practice.
ABC executives lauded the spin off's spectacular cast that in addition to Walsh, includes Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Chris Lowell, and numerous others.
The Grey's Anatomy spin-off is being touted for its stand alone premise that will take Kate Walsh's character out of the realm of nightmare medical emergencies and incorporated hospital trysts into a setting they think less hard core medical drama fans will appreciate.
In that sense, the proposed name for Grey's Anatomy 2.0 is quite apt.
ABC execs are quick to caution that the name of Private Practice may change, however. The two-hour episode set to sample the themes of the series will debut May 10, but don't think of it as a pilot. Grey's Anatomy is riding a high enough wave at this point that the second series is virtually a lock, whether the initial sample piques interests or not.It has been noted, in some cases not very kindly, that the bulk of the supporting cast is made up of refugees from failing shows: Taye Diggs from Day Break, the Lost stand in that died after only three episodes; Tim Daly from The Nine, which failed to retain enough from its Lost lead-in to remain viable; and Chris Lowell from the thought-to-be-doomed Veronica Mars.
Does ABC anticipate big things from Private Practice?
The feedback from attendees was that the show is expected to quickly occupy a top spot in their fall lineup. For now, however, there is no proposed air date or time for the new series, which will premiere with the rest of ABC's new fall lineup.