Fall Preview: PRIVATE PRACTICE | Give Me My Remote


September 26, 2007 by  

Private Practice

Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Airs: Wednesdays @ 9pm on ABC

Addison Forbes Montgomery is a renowned surgeon. Having left behind Seattle Grace Hospital, a broken marriage with Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, and her torn relationship with Mark “McSteamy” Sloan, Addison moves to Los Angeles for sunnier weather and happier possibilities.

Addison reunites with her friends from medical school, Naomi and Sam Bennett, joining them at their chic, co-op, Oceanside Wellness Center in Santa Monica. The practice has a team of specialists that all seem to spend a little too much time together, in and out of the office.

For Addison, an old friend’s invitation brings her to a new city and a new life full of promise. At Oceanside Wellness Center, the doctors are dedicated pros; it’s their private lives that need a little practice.

So first I think it’s important to tell you that I was one of the few people that really liked the PRIVATE PRACTICE sneak peek that we got last May when it was introduced during an episode of GREY’S ANATOMY. I’m a big fan of Dr. Addison Frobes Montgomery and would follow her to her new life in California if it meant I could watch her once a week (that sounded more stalkerish than I intended). But I gotta be honest and tell you that I was less than pleased with the first full pilot episode of PRIVATE PRACTICE. This show is helmed by Shonda Rhimes and sports a great cast so it really has no excuses to not be fantastic television…but it isn’t. Actually if it weren’t for the cast and the promise of what Ms. Rhimes can deliver, I’m not sure I would be tuning in for a second week. The one word I kept jotting down in my notes while watching the premiere episode was “weak”. And weak extended itself across many aspects of the episode. The storylines (which were at times absurd), the characters (whom didn’t feel flushed out)…almost everything felt just “weak” and a bit shallow. There was so much wrong with the first episode that inspired moments still left me feeling underwhelmed. I’ve read some really positive reviews from critics I respect so maybe it’s me…maybe I’m missing something here. I’m not giving up on Addison Montgomery or Shonda Rhimes – PRIVATE PRACTICE will still get a Season pass on the ‘ol DVR, but it’s more out of respect for Grey’s Anatomy than anything else (well that and even if the show doesn’t improve I can just watch it on mute and fast forward to the scenes with Taye Diggs and Chris Lowell).

Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery Taye Diggs as Sam Bennett Audra McDonald as Naomi Bennett Chris Lowell as Dell Parker Paul Adelstein as Cooper Freedman Tim Daly as Pete Wilder

Amy Brennenman as Violet Turner KaDee Strickland as Charlotte King


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8 Responses to “Fall Preview: PRIVATE PRACTICE”

  1. Fall Preview: PRIVATE PRACTICE — All This Nonsense on September 26th, 2007 10:57 am

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  2. SB on September 26th, 2007 11:25 am

    Is that PAUL KELLERMAN I see?!?!?! If I didn’t have such a burning hatred for Grey’s Anatomy, I might actually consider this show.

  3. What to Watch…Wednesday, September 26, 2007 » Give Me My Remote on September 26th, 2007 12:13 pm

    […] Private Practice | Series Premiere | 9pm on ABC In this “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off, neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) has left Seattle Grace for L.A.’s upscale Oceanside Wellness Clinic. In the opener, Addison begins work. (See GMMR Fall Preview: PRIVATE PRACTICE) […]

  4. Vance on September 26th, 2007 1:02 pm

    Oh no, thats not what I wanted to hear. I already had my eye on this and its been set on warning but like you said. we know what Shonda IS capable of and I LOVE Addison (and Adelstein, Diggs, McDonald and Lowell too!)…

    Luckily, I like Bionic Woman even less at this point (also same problem. so much potential, so wasted right now).

  5. Fall Preview: PRIVATE PRACTICE | Delta Epsilon Blog on September 26th, 2007 8:28 pm

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  6. MNFan on September 26th, 2007 10:26 pm

    I have to agree with you, GMMR. I’ll give it another week or two to get better, but it didn’t even come close to grabbing me the way Grey’s initially did in Season One. Most of the “group” scenes seemed so unnatural – that’s probably what bothered me the most. But, like you said, this cast is very talented. Maybe the chemistry will get better (along with the scripts).

    On a positive note, however, I did find the storyline with the mother on the floor in the store quite compelling. I fought back a few tears at that point.

    Let’s hope for more high notes next week. 🙂

  7. JennyL on September 26th, 2007 11:09 pm

    I really really liked it! It’s got me hooked. I wasn’t sure I’d like it – but it feels like the old Greys – which I like. I enjoyed Piz, but missed Francie. Know what I mean?!! 🙂

  8. Patty on September 26th, 2007 11:54 pm

    Well, considering i HATE grey’s…I didn’t hate this show. Did I love it? no. But I might watch a week or two more. What is up with the mouth thing that Kate Walsh does? Does it bother anyone else?