You've probably figured out by now that Kate Walsh (aka Dr. Addison Montgomery) is one of my favorite things about "Grey's Anatomy." So I am very interested in the news that the late-addition-turned-regular is set to star in her own "Grey's" spinoff on ABC.
According to a Wall Street Journal story published Wednesday, the still-untitled series is being developed by "Grey's" creator Shonda Rhimes and is likely to debut as a two-hour pilot in May.
As "Grey's Anatomy" insider points out, it's less common in this day and age for networks to pursue traditional spinoffs (a la "Frasier") but with a hit like "Grey's," can you really blame them? What do you guys think about the news? To hear my take, read more
So, wow. I'm conflicted about this one. It has been feeling a little crowded over at Seattle Grace recently with so many once-peripheral characters becoming series regulars, and I certainly wouldn't complain about watching an hour of Addison each week. Plus, I think Kate Walsh is a strong enough actress to hold down her own show; she's one of the best on "Grey's" when it comes to handling both the dramatic moments and the funny bits.
On the other hand, I'm worried this might be overreaching — and that it could hurt both shows. I'd hate for this to mean no more Addison on "Grey's," because I think she adds a lot to the dynamic. And as big as "Grey's" is now, I'm not sure its goodwill can carry over to a second show — especially after this somewhat up-and-down season.
I wonder if Kate Walsh was alluding to this when she joked on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week that with Meredith dead, she'd be taking over. Here's the video:
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