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Singing the Praises of "Private Practice"

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Singing the Praises of "Private Practice"The Grey's Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice, appears to have a strong heartbeat, writes Chuck Barney of the Contra Costa Times.

Plenty of viewers have panned the new series, even questioning its ability to be picked up (though our exclusive poll shows at least 50 percent of respondents either liked or loved the debut).

In any case, here's a positive review of the Addison-driven series, which began last week as part of "The Other Side of This Life."

Who knew that Seattle Grace's resident neonatologist had a burning desire to be a mother? Or that she had a best friend from medical school named Naomi? Or that she looked really hot in a little red sports car?

Funny what you can find out about a character when she gets fleshed out for a proposed spinoff series.

Last week, fans of Grey's Anatomy got their first peek at Private Practice, which promises to be one of next fall's most buzz-laden shows.

Embedded within the highly rated two-hour episode was the conceptual setup for a proposed new drama pegged to San Jose, Calif., native Kate Walsh.

This writer liked what he saw. Mostly.

He liked the chemistry Walsh's Addison had with Naomi (Merrin Dungey from Alias). He liked the all-star cast (Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman), the setting (sunny Santa Monica), the eye candy and even the sex-on-the-brain approach that we've become accustomed to with Grey's Anatomy.

However, the who's-the-father story thread tied to a pregnant surrogate mom was hopelessly lame.

Most of all, what impressed many was how Kate Walsh seemed very much up to the challenge, displaying the ability to smoothly shift from a strong sense of humor to poignancy and keeping us engaged every step of the way. Any doubts that she can carry her own show should have been greatly eased.

Tim Daly, Taye Diggs

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Don't end another good show because this is the best thing on ABC TV today. All of the stories and the characters are great. DON'T LET IT END! PRIVATE PRACTICE is the BEST!!!!!!!!!

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I actually can't wait for the show to air! I love Addison and all the new hotties! I think it will be great! I already have a group of friends talking about it! I honestly love Greys Anatomy but i have room for a second favourite show and I'm sure this will take the place! I love drama, hot men and doctors! And that is what this show contains! I'm in for loving it! CAN"T WAIT!

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The 2 hour episode was such a let down. I can't see those professional, educated women ogling over that "not so good looking" surfer. And when is it appropriate to march around the office in bathing trunks and a surfboard. Give me a break!!! Addison's role is educated, smart, and professional. This episode made her appear dingy and ridiculous. I used to love this show but I'm getting tired of this on-again, off-again relationships.

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OMG that show sucked I was so excited about a 2 hour GREYS ANATOMY and it ended up being bout Private Pratice and maybe a half hour of Greys I was so MAD it was a waste of 2 hours

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OMG that show sucked I was so excited about a 2 hour GREYS ANATOMY and it ended up being bout Private Pratice and maybe a half hour of Greys I was so MAD it was a waste of 2 hours and Obviously im not the only one that thinks its a bad idea having a spinoff, it was an awful episode, it was way more drama then greys plus the surfer dude was ugly

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I really liked the spinoff epiisode. I love Amy Brennaman and I think all the characters had really great chemsitry. I can't wait to see the new show!

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What is all the hype about this new show???? It stinks! Who wants to watch a show about one mid life crisis after the next!!!!

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I think the spinoff idea is great. I enjoyed the show. It wasn't hopelessly depressing and full of all of the he splet with her - she slept with the other thing and mccrappy that is starting to bog down Grey's. I'm ready for a fresh new medical show.

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The spin-off is a bad idea. Addison should have had her romance with Mark like she was suppose to and not Alex. If she were with Mark, they could have gone back to New York and started a family like Mark had wanted. I love Addison and she'll always be my favorite character(next to Christina of course) but she should have just exited Grey's with like a bang or something.

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