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Benjamin Bratt to Appear on Private Practice Season Finale, Join Cast Full-Time This Fall

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Benjamin Bratt is coming to Private Practice this May, and sticking around.

While details are being kept under wraps, the actor will appear in the season finale, then join the ABC series as a regular cast member beginning next season.

It's the latest in a string of shakeups for the fourth-year medical drama, which maintains its loyal fan base, yet has been looking for a spark to inject new life.

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Benjamin Bratt is joining the cast of Private Practice.

Earlier this year, Audra McDonald announced that she would be leaving the show at the end of the season to spend more time with her family in New York City.

Other changes came earlier in the season, when the show added Brian Benben (Dr. Sheldon Wallace) and Caterina Scorsone (Dr. Amelia Shepherd) as regulars.

The Grey's Anatomy spinoff, now in its fourth season, has garnered 8.2 million viewers this season, down from a full-season average of 9.3 million last year.

The series was nevertheless picked up for a fifth season in January.

No stranger to audiences, Bratt is perhaps best known for his stint on Law & Order. Forgive the pun, but is he just what the doctor ordered for Private Practice?

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I was OBSESSED with addison's affair with the heart surgeon. LOVED them. then he went to cougar town ugh..
AND... I HATE sam and addison together. I enjoy them apart. I want her to hook up with the spanish surgeon and have his babies!

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I like Benjamin Bratt ( and even forgive him in his tryst with Julia Roberts)
Bringing him on Private Practice as what? Not a simple love interest for Amelia...perhaps as a pre-natal specialist that will clash with Addison every now & then? Or maybe as a HIV/AIDS specialist? If he's going to be a cast regular, he has to have some value to the ofice...I would like to see Addison & the cancer Dr. hook up; Just my thoughts.

Aries93

@IcePrincess2129:
1. They already showed Pete's brother earlier this season. I think it was episode 9 or 10.
2. Pete looks as though he is a White American. Benjamin Bratt is diffidently Hispanic. So not that I am racist or anything, but I don't think it would work. Sorry.
3. As someone has sad earlier, I think he too may be Charlotte's ex-husband. Because Shonda said that the last two minutes of the episode will be the most shocking rather than the entire episode itself. So maybe he shows up after Cooper and Charlotte's wedding.

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First of I LOVE Bratt. My guess is that he's Pete's brother. Why else would they have brought all that stuff up about Pete's past. Not to mention they look just a little alike. For the record I think he's for Amelia too.

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I usually don't watch PP, but I think I may have a change of heart. I really, REALLY like this news! I wouldn't mind him (whomever his character might be, surely somebody totally kick-butt!) getting together with Amelia or Addison, but preferably the first one.

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH MY GOOOOOOODNESS! I can't tell you how happy that makes me! I loooove him! And, I say this almost every single time I post; I am in the hands of SR. Whatever she wants to do, I'm excited. Whereever she wants to go, I'm excited. She's such a brilliant writer, and creator. I'm sure she knows just where she is going with Addie, and how this new character will fit in! @Dr. CerrenoMD; One, ratings, ratings, ratings. Two, if she just let him go off to med school she would have forever been asked, "any chance the Dell's character will come back?" and maybe she just wanted to shut that door for good. Like I always say, SR is short of a TV god- where she goes, I go =)

Aries93

I think he will be an excellent addition to the cast, he's a great actor and has the attitude to play a doctor. I hope he is cast as a love interest for Amelia. Amelia never gets a personal life and to throw him into Addison's arms just after she has gotten with Sam would be ridiculous. He would have been good as a love interest for Naomi, but she's departed the cast, so hopefully he's for Amelia. :D

Saad702

I sincerely hope he is not being cast as another love interest for Addie. She is finally growing up and hopefully the trailer for next week means she is pregnant!!! That said, I have always been a Bratt fan... I'm glad they are finding someone to replace Naomi... I wonder if he will be a fertility specialist. I think that may be it cuz he is coming in the finale. Maybe the fact that Addison is pregnant with Sam's child is too much for Naomi that she leaves and gets Bratts character to replace her...
They lost viewers cuz of the senseless killing of Dell and Addisons 'emotional' affair with the Heart surgeon. Worst storylines on PPP. If the guy playing Dell wanted to leave then they should have rather let him go off to med school with his daughter!!! I will never forgive Shonda for that!!! I understand the drama, but it was unnecessary...

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