In a two-page article this morning, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is creating a spinoff for ABC based around Kate Walsh‘s character Dr. Addison Montgomery (previously known as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, before her divorce from McDreamy).
Finally, proof that God does answer prayers!
The spinoff’s two-hour pilot will air on ABC in May, to gauge viewer interest in the spinoff before ABC has to make its decision about which new series to pick up for the fall. There’s no title for the series yet, or any plot details – in fact, ABC won’t even officially confirm the spinoff – but the WSJ speculates that the decision was fueled by Addison’s popularity combined with Shonda’s struggle to give her a proper storyline on a show with 12 major characters. Whatever the reasons, I’m all for it! (And it’s nice to see a series created around a woman in her late 30s, for a change.)
Let’s take this opportunity to admire the greatness that is Kate, who told Women’s Health magazine last year about playing
Cristina’s Sandra Oh’s lover in Under the Tuscan Sun, “It was funny, that part came in the middle of a trilogy of lesbian roles for me. I had just played a closeted lesbian suburban wife in an indie movie, and then I played a lesbian detective on Karen Sisco. Do I give off a girl-on-girl vibe, I wonder? Or is it because I’m tall? I guess the chicks just dig me!”
How about D) all of the above?
What do you think of the spinoff? Discuss!