Kate Walsh

Actress lunging forward with 'Grey's' spin-off

Who would have thought back in May 2005, when Walsh’s Dr. Addison Montgomery Shepherd rudely interrupted the romance between Meredith and McDreamy on the first-season cliffhanger of “Grey’s Anatomy,” that her character would go on to be the subject of 2007’s highly anticipated spinoff series “Private Practice”?

Probably nobody, especially Walsh, who after a slew of television and film gigs landed what was initially intended to be a short-term role on “Grey’s.” But a few episodes turned into many after Walsh nuanced Addison’s originally harsh persona into a likable fan fave.

With “Private Practice,” Walsh seems to be breaking away from the Seattle gang at just the right time. By standing on her own, her stardom should only increase, and based on the impressive ratings “Grey’s” garnered last May when ABC aired a backdoor pilot for the new series, it looks like the net could have a hit on its hands that will spruce up its Wednesday night lineup. Of course, ABC and Walsh know by now that you can’t always expect the expected.

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