Private Practice Reboot Floated By Grey’s Anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes
A Private Practice reboot is teased by Grey’s Anatomy powerhouse creator Shonda Rhimes. Debuting in 2007 on ABC, Private Practice serves as a spin-off to the medical drama series, following neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) after she leaves Grey’s Anatomy’s fictional Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital for a doctor’s office in Los Angeles. Created by Rhimes, Private Practice also stars Paul Adelstein, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, Audra McDonald, KaDee Strickland, and Caterina Scorsone, who went on to reprise her role as Amelia Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy.
Private Practice aired for 6 seasons and while it was generally well-received by viewers, it failed to achieve the same success as its predecessor, Grey’s Anatomy, with low audience numbers plaguing its final seasons. Walsh ultimately departed the series in 2013, and it concluded with a 13-episode season 6, nicely wrapping up each main character’s storylines. However, Walsh has since returned to Grey’s Anatomy, first appearing in season 18 in a multi-episode arc, where Addison processes the death of her ex-husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) with his sister Amelia and his widow, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). Now, Walsh has officially returned in a recurring role in season 19, and her comeback seems to have inspired Rhimes.
During a new interview on Good Morning America, Rhimes reveals she is visiting the idea of a Private Practice reboot, per TV Line. Rhimes, who shared she was ‘devastated’ by Private Practice’s cancelation, now seems hopeful for more to come from the series. Read on to learn what Rhimes has to say about another Private Practice revival below:
“I actually feel like we didn’t finish telling our stories on Private Practice… We had so many more stories we could tell. I just felt like we had so much more to say with those characters and so much further to go, and that also felt like a show that had endless possibility.”
It’s clear that Rhimes is confident Private Practice still has plenty of material it can explore. As Walsh is now committed to Grey’s Anatomy, she would most likely be absent in the revival, however, that does not rule out the possibility of a guest-appearance. Luckily, there are a few plot lines Private Practice left unfinished that a reboot could dive into, including that of Doctor Pete Wilder. That is if the same cast is featured in a revival. Additionally, Dr. Wilder (Tim Daly) was jailed for mercy-killing a patient but later released on bail. How the situation affected him, whether he was stripped of his medical license, and more all could be explored in a reboot that takes place years later.
However, Private Practice concludes on a positive note for most of its characters, with each receiving a happy endings. Addison marries her romantic interest Jake, Amelia finds the love of her life, and Naomi and Tim, the divorced clinic owners, end up back together. With almost a decade between its final season and the hypothetical revival, this leaves room for exploration as their lives have clearly changed since 2013. However, Rhimes could shock all and focus a reboot on a brand-new cast of characters working at the fictional Seaside Health & Wellness Center. Fans will have to wait and see if a Private Practice reboot is on its way.
Source: TV Line