More details on Kate Walsh's return to 'Grey's Anatomy'

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Those signature three-inch heels are back! Private Practice won’t be returning to ABC until the fall, but fans of Kate Walsh (a.k.a Dr. Addison Montgomery) can get a quick fix May 1 when the siren returns to Grey’s Anatomy “to explore the thought that you can never go home again,” teases executive producer Shonda Rhimes. In the episode, Addison flies to Seattle Grace at the behest of the Chief (James Pickens Jr.) and she’s ready to set a few people straight. Explains Rhimes, “There are some things only Addison can do surgically, but there are also things that she can say to people that nobody else in that world will.” (In other words, prepare yourselves for a tongue-lashing, Meredith and Derek!)

Just don’t get too comfortable with her homecoming, since she’s only staying for one episode, after all. Says Walsh, “I’m here to do my business in Seattle and then I go back to the L.A.!”

Well, not immediately: Production on Practice’s second season doesn’t start until sometime in May, which gives Walsh enough time to costar as a “crazy lady” in the supernatural thriller Legion opposite Paul Bettany. (It’ll also give Rhimes a chance to find a new exec producer to help her run Practice, though she’ll still serve as head writer for both of her series.) Practice was this season’s most popular new drama before the writers strike sent it on hiatus, but the break may have been a blessing in disguise, says Walsh. “How do you promote it when American Idol is on?!” she asks of the series that Practice would have faced had it remained on the air. “I’m cool with coming back in the fall.”

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  • J…

    Im so happy she is filming a movie.
    Cant wait for PrP and her GA episode.

  • Barbara

    Quote by Walsh about PrP: “I’m cool with coming back in the fall.”
    I’m sure she is. While PrP started out strong in ratings, it dropped quickly and has been (since it’s first episode) a critical dud. There’s no way it would have withstood Idol or for that matter any quality competition. Put it up against other networks crap and fine, it may stand a chance ratings wise, but try sticking it up against a CSI, or for that matter, it’s starter show, Grey’s Anatomy, and watch how it stands. Walsh needs the exposure and let’s just hope this time off gives Shonda Rhimes the chance to find a quality producer and perhaps a new writing team as well because this show just ain’t all that, period. It takes more than 3 inch heels and red hair to have a hit programming. If this show comes back the way it left, it’s doomed.

  • clau

    private practice rocks!!!
    kate walsh rules!!!

  • MG

    I love Private Practice and I can’t wait for the fall! Thank you for this article. Kate Walsh is fantastic! I’m so glad she has earned a much deserved movie role, too. I really do not think it is fair to say the only reason why it did well is because their was nothing elso on. I promise you I would have been watching Private Practice this Spring as well. I actually do not care for American Idol, but that is my opinion. I hope Kate gets another movie too.And Tim Daly.

  • MG

    I love Private Practice and I can’t wait for the fall! Thank you for this article. Kate Walsh is fantastic! I’m so glad she has earned a much deserved movie role, too. I really do not think it is fair to say the only reason why it did well is because their was nothing elso on. I promise you I would have been watching Private Practice this Spring as well. I actually do not care for American Idol, but that is my opinion. I hope Kate gets another movie too.And Tim Daly.

  • Agent Addek

    YAY!! Thank you so much for this article. I am so need an Addie fix soon, even if it has to be on Grey’s, I will so watch it just for her.:D
    Congrats to Kate on the new movie can’t wait to see that either.:D:D
    Devoted Walshaholic

  • Liz

    YAY!! Thank you so much for this article. I am so need an Addie fix soon, even if it has to be on Grey’s, I will so watch it just for her.:D
    Congrats to Kate on the new movie can’t wait to see that either.:D:D
    Devoted Walshaholic

  • xyz

    Although I agree that Private Practice needs a lot of improvement, I still can’t understand how the same people who praise Grey’s Anatomy can criticize it’s spin-off. Sure, PrP really needs better writing team, but I could say the same about GA. PrP has fantastic cast, great premise with interesting characters, but it indeed needs better writers to develop better storylines. Actually I think that PrP right now is much better than GA, which is really silly and totally unrealistic show. At least characters in PrP don’t sleep with each other in circles yet. I mean I really understand criticism about PrP, but when it is bashed by the same people who praise GA, then I can’t get it.

  • Barbara

    Who compared PrP to Grey’s Anatomy? I certainly didn’t although I did say that Practice is doing fairly okay (but not great) ratings wise just before the strike in part because it was not held up against any ratings giants (giving CSI, GA as an example) Grey’s has still got better critical response than PrP has and certainly Grey’s received WAY more praise this far into it’s first season though. The cast is fine. Walsh is very good and her supporting cast is actually much better than she is, but the simple fact remains, it is not a well written show, full of gimmicks and cheap one shots. I don’t need to compare it to Grey’s Anatomy, I don’t need to compare it to anything. On it’s own for a brand new show it should have dazzled both fans and critics alike and it simply has not. It went the cheap route and all of the actors on there deserve WAY better and unless they get it, I don’t see a long term future for this show. There’s just way better out there.

  • MsDaisy

    Love Kate Walsh…Private Practice, not so much. Grey’s is lacking without her character.

  • susie

    Is the LA anything like the Iraq? And such as.

  • janie

    Barbera, you compared Private Practice to Grey’s. Private Practice is a good show, I think. I don’t really listen to critics’ opinions. If I did, I would have never watched Sienfeld, Cheers, Wings…I think Kate Walsh is as good as her coastars too. She’s awsome!

  • Marie

    While I am looking forward to my Addison fix, I would much rather watch Private Practice, then GA.
    Kate is an amazing talented actress, I am very pleased to read she has a movie also coming out. I am glad she chose a different kind of movie very different from the GA/PP thing. Kate rocks.

  • Lauren

    I stopped watching Grey’s after Addison and Burke left. I will watch Grey’s for Addison’s episode, then it is back to CSI. I enjoy Private Practice very much.
    Congrats to Kate about the movie. She deserves it she is wonderful actress and person.

  • Barbara

    Janie Honestly,there really isn’t much to compare outside of ratings and initial fan/critic response. Two entirely different shows really. I think what critics say, the ratings dropping just prior to the strike and Walsh’s unneeded return to the GA, says a lot though. Does Grey’s Anatomy need to revamp? Sure it does, but the ratings are still huge. It never dropped below the top 3 prior to the strike. But PrP lacks the quality that Shonda had put (at first) into her last show and it shows, not only from a ratings standpoint, but a critical one as well. I think the hiring of a new producer is critical for the show now, but I also hope that Rhimes does get new writers. This is not the OC, this is not Saved by the Bell, but I swear some of the dialog comes straight from it and neither the talented actors, nor the fans that have followed both Walsh and the characters she played on Grey’s, Addison deserve that. Honestly Walsh should have never done GA and concentrate on her own show.

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