Ellen DeGeneres Hosts Kate Walsh, Calls ABC President About Spinoff

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Looks like Dr. Addison Montgomery won't have to deal with non-commital men (or Meredith Grey's whining) much longer.

Kate Walsh's controversial Grey's Anatomy spinoff's future was all but confirmed yesterday, thanks to an unexpected investigator.

In-your-face interrogation tactics by Ellen Degeneres, who hosted Walsh on her talk show, helped shed light on the outlook for Private Practice.

Not content with waiting for next week's announcement of ABC's fall lineup, Ellen made a surprise phone call to ABC President Steve McPherson during a taping of her show yesterday, and out asked flat-out if Kate Walsh's much-discussed project will be officially green-lit for a full season.

A visibly embarassed Walsh watched in subdued horror.

Walsh and DeGeneres

The ABC honcho strung her along for a bit, quipping that Walsh "hasn't worked out very well on the air for us," then he let it slip that he "thinks she's in pretty good shape."

We don't think he was talking about her physical fitness, either. This is good news for Kate, whose spinoff was previewed last week in "The Other Side of This Life," even if the experience was a tad awkward.

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While I really enjoyed Kate's character on GA, I think it is a great oppertunity to cycle her out and bring in new faces/situations. After all, she wasn't in the first season when we all fell in love with the show. As for Kate's spinoff, I thought it was a typical movie sequal; awful.


I kinda agree with Chloe. I mean Addison is not that noticed in GA, in some episodes she only appears for a few minutes. She has nothing to do there anymore since Alex has no interest on her, she's divorced and her deal with Mark is off so I guess the spin-off would be great!!! I will definitely watch it. Go Kate!!! Gudluk 2 u!!!


I won't watch it either. I hated the spin off parts of last week's episodes. Giving Addison a new show is a HUGE mistake. THat show is gonna tank and without Addison, Grey's will, too.


IMHO, Shonda may have had a 'vision' at one time....but this season feels like her vision is totally influenced by ratings...as in "what can I do to jack up the ratings" as opposed to "what can I do to be true to the characters and the overall story lines". I think the women have been more nuanced than the men....and the stories have been kinder to their flaws....the male characters tend to be a little more stereotyped "manwhore" / "puppy dog" / "outcast" etc....although I think S1 & S2 did try to develop their flaws in an interesting way...What can I say - S3 has been a disappointment to me overall. And though I enjoy Kate Walsh and her character on GA - I won't be watching Private Practice either. I thought it was very poorly done and won't be wasting my time. Unfortunately, if it does proceed, I'm afraid that will doom GA. I hope that PD, and honestly, ALL of the GA cast will have a great future with or without GA. They've done some wonderful work there and I hope it gets them the recognition they deserve.


Thanks for quote Carol. I know where the quote comes from, it came from the March issue of Details magazine(or maybe it was the april issue). And he is right about the women characters being better developed than the men. And seriously?!!!! The actors can have any say about their characters or their storylines? That sux.
I know it's her "creation" but she should let them have some say in some things. It would probably help the storylines be well/better developed(like that izzie and george storyline....it doesn't make any sense to me and some of my friends that watch the show and I am sure that some of the actors on the show might agree or when they tried to kill Mer off it was interesting but it didn't sit well with some grey's viewers). And I do read the Shonds blogs when I can but I haven't read them lately. Oh and thanks for not chewing me out about the Patrick comment, I actually think he's great on the show and I wouldn't want him to bow out but if he's unhappy he should do something about it.


Here is that exact quote. I was a bit off as far as it went. On competition with Eric Dane (Dr. McSteamy): "There's no real competition. We're so different. It will be interesting to see where the dynamic of that friendship goes in the show. I think the women characters are developed very well. I sometimes feel that the men get a little shortchanged. [Rhimes] is writing an idealized version of what men should be."


Sorry---forgot to add: Shonda doesn't ALLOW interaction from the actors as to their characters. GA is all about her idea of what the characters should be. If you've ever read the writers blog for GA that ABC has, she stated way back in the beginning when GA first came out, that GA was a story she came up with and she had all the characters figured out as well as their stories figured out. Shonda is going down a specific path with regard to GA and she will not be swayed from that path. That's another reason I think the show will have a short shelf life. Her story has a beginning, middle and and end. My opinion only.


Well, the subtle remark was something along this line--from an interview which I read either on here or some other site: (From Patrick Dempsey): 'Shonda has her vision of what the men (characters) should be.' And, paraphrasing, (not an exact quote): 'the women are flawed, but the men are not allowed to be.' To me, this little quote kinda hinted to me that PD doesn't like the direction of his character or of the direction of the men's characters in general. I wonder if any one of you were standing next to him when he said that what would you immediately think? I don't think PD should have to bow out, I think he has the right to say what he likes, as long as he is more or less polite in the way he does it.
I also don't think he'll have to bow out as, as I said in my other post, GA, is not going to be around that long. He'll stay with GA because the money's great and GA got his face and name back in the news and on ET and in People and such.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.