Private Practice Hitting its Stride

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Michael Ausiello of TV Guide has been a Private Practice critic from the start, but he's (slowly) coming around. Here's what he says in his latest column, which includes some quotes from Paul Adelstein (Cooper)...

Question: Got any Private Practice scoop? Was it just me or was the latest episode of Private Practice 100 times better than previous episodes?

Answer: I don't know if I'd go that far. In fact, I know I wouldn't go that far. While Private Practice is definitely improving, it's still not must-see TV. Yet. For one thing, the characters need to stop behaving like they're on The Hills. The concluding beachfront make-out scene between Kate Walsh and Tim Daly was so Lauren Conrad-Brody Jenner it wasn't even funny.

Still, the show is much better today than it was a month ago, and Paul Adelstein — perhaps Private Practice's most consistent bright spot — credits creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes' prowess as a master tweaker.

Cooper Ponders

"Shonda is a great adjuster," Paul Adelstein said. "I mean, if you go back and look at the first few episodes of Grey's Anatomy and then towards the end or middle of their first season, you see that she figures out how to gel a cast and tell a story. What she does is very ambitious, in terms of a mix in tones, and it takes a while to get that alchemy right. I feel like we're hitting our stride."

On the romance front, Adelstein says Cooper and Violet will soon address the whole attraction-repulsion thing they've got going on.

"They make some decisions about how they think it should proceed, and then they try to act like [adults], and then, you know, hilarity ensues."

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

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Private Practice Quotes

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.


You tomato-ed me back. I like that.


Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down-in-the-valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches
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