Although Private Practice was born out of ABC’s hit medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, series stars Kate Walsh and Tim Daly assures their upcoming show is quite different from its parent series, as it will not only introduce viewers to new faces, but to fresh storylines as well.

“It feels different, [but] it doesn’t feel like we’re consciously making it different,” Walsh, best known as Dr. Addison Montgomery, told ET in an interview.  “Some scenes feel the same in some ways and then totally different in other ways because it’s a whole new cast of characters… they’re all completely new.”

Daly, who will appear on Private Practice as Dr. Pete Wilder, echoed Walsh’s statement, telling ET, “We’re not Grey’s Anatomy… We’re a different cast, we’re different actors; we have different lines and different professions.”

The public first caught sight of the new medical drama when an extended episode of Grey’s Anatomy aired in May.  In the backdoor pilot of Private Practice, viewers were introduced to the show’s cast, which, apart from Walsh and Daly, includes Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break), Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars), Taye Diggs (Kevin Hill) and KaDee Strickland (The Wedding Bells).  Merrin Dungey appeared in the pilot as well, but was later replaced by actress Audra McDonald (Kidnapped).

Private Practice, scheduled to debut next week, will follow Addison as she settles into her new life in Los Angeles.  During the backdoor pilot, Addison shares a kiss with Daly’s Pete, revealing the possibility of a love connection between the two.

Like Addison, Kate Walsh is also bravely (and happily) facing a new chapter in her life.  She recently wed Alex Young, a production co-president at 20th Century Fox.

“I am so blissed out,” Walsh told the New York Daily News during Entertainment Weekly‘s Emmy party.  “It is our two-week wedding anniversary, and we had a big dinner date night at Il Sole and then came here.”

Rumors have also circulated that Walsh is pregnant, a claim that the 39-year-old actress debunked during an interview with Extra TV.

“A baby, no,” she said, laughing.  “We might get a new puppy…we are just excited to spend time with each other.”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: ET, The New York Daily News, Extra TV
(Image Courtesy of ABC)


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