Private Practice: No Grey's Anatomy Clone

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Although Private Practice was born out of ABC's hit medical "dramedy," Grey's Anatomy, series stars Kate Walsh and Tim Daly assure us that their upcoming show is quite different from its parent, as it will not only introduce viewers to new faces, but to some fresh storylines as well.

"It feels different, [but] it doesn't feel like we're consciously making it different," Walsh, best known as Dr. Addison Montgomery, told ET.

"Some scenes feel the same in some ways and then totally different in other ways because it's a whole new cast of characters... they are all completely new."

Tim Daly, who will appear on Private Practice as Dr. Pete Wilder, echoed Kate Walsh's statement, telling ET, "We're not Grey's Anatomy... We're a different cast, we're different actors; we have different lines and different professions."

The public first caught sight of the new medical drama when an extended episode of Grey's Anatomy introducing the new show aired in May.

Tension Rises

In the backdoor pilot of Private Practice, viewers got their first glimpse of Daly, Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break), Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars), and Taye Diggs (Kevin Hill).

Merrin Dungey appeared in the pilot as Naomi, the wife of Diggs' Sam Bennett, but her character is now going to be played by Audra McDonald (Kidnapped). KaDee Strickland (The Wedding Bells) joined the cast late.

Private Practice, scheduled to debut next week, will follow Addison as she settles into her new life in Los Angeles. An all-new special promoting both Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice airs tonight on ABC!

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