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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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    hmmm.....a total new show for addie...i'm not surprise that i'm torned...i luv addison...she's beautiful,smart,and witty...i get it if most people hate her n want her to leave Seattle Grace...but,jz face it...her character is interesting n she has made Grey's Anatomy more interesting...i like mer n der, but i have a thing for addie n mcdreamy...they would make a sweet couple...after all, derek once said she was the luv of his life...well,that's totally over now.back to reality...they've divorced n a proposed new show is waiting for addie...hmmm...i dunno....i still think addie + seattle grace = mcperfect.... :

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    As anyone heard if ABC is going to pick up Private Practice? Most of the comments I have read were negative especially from the Grey's Anatomy fans. I liked it for the comedy that was in it. But did you notice the characters had relationship issues like everyone on Grey's Anatomy. Do we really need another show like that. One good thing if it doesn't do well we get Addison back at Seattle Grace.

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    Ugh, all star cast? They were second string. Addison put them all to shame. It was boring to a degree I can't even explain. I would never watch it.

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    The story line sucked, but the actors are good. (except for the surfer boy character, he is repulsive) The "thing" between the surfer boy & Naomi is ridiculous ....Since when is it appropriate to walk through your business in your swimsuit with your surf board?
    I will be sad to see Addison go. The dynamics she has with the other residents was so good. The show will definitely be lacking without her if she goes for good.

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    Private practice -not my kind of show at all. Addison- beautiful, but not my fav character. The vilian from prison break-i dont like very much, in fact i still see him as the wicked guy. All in all, i say drop the spin off idea, but again i think its too late for that. Anyway, goodluck Addi

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    I agree with you completely. I'd like to add one more thing to the hopelessly lame list: oogling of surfer boy. It's a tired and obvious thing to do. Three professional women with all the education, poise and fabulousness in the world, reduced to a cliche'. Even for Grey's--that's a little low rent. (And to boot, surfer boy isn't all 'that'.)