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Why is this night different from all other nights? Well here at edubTV, it’s not really. But for my many Chosen friends out there, it’s the first night of Passover. Have a good one buddies. I will try to keep my discussion of  leavened breads to a minimum.

Update time:

  • Yesterday I mentioned that I didn’t know Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson were an item. I also learned that Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls) and Paul Adelstein (Private Practice) are married. Wha? I would like to join a celeb couple list-serve.
  • Thanks to a generous lead-in from Dancing With The Stars, the premiere of Bob Saget’s new comedy, Surviving Suburbia had an impressive 12 Million viewers on Monday night. Who knew?
  • Arlo Weiner, the 8-year-old son of Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, is my new style/life icon.
  • And finally for my non TV-related link of the week: Cute & Cuter. The only thing better than hot guys? Hot guys holding baby animals or actual babies.

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Oh jees. The day after Valentine’s Day edition.

  • Alec Baldwin: His storyline on 30 Rock was sharp yet adorable this week, he made fun of  Joaquin Phoenix on Conan (sidenote: Joaquin Phoenix is officially batshit nuts now but I sort of like the beard.)  and he made me chuckle during his millionith time hosting SNL last night. Three cheers for you Alec!
  • Blink 182: They’re reuniting! The teenager in me is singing! Actually she’s probably yelling at her parents and retreating to her room to journal and complain about how nobody understands. Either way: Bring on the tour!
  • Jon Hamm/Jennifer Westfeldt: They’re good looking, they’ve been dating forever and they’re having the best Sweeps of all time. Hamm is doing an arc on 30 Rock and Westfeldt is the pregnant woman with some brain issues the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event. Both guest appearances are really well done so far, very organic like they’ve been there for years. It’s a shame the shows are competing for eyeballs.

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I’m not usually duped by sweeps stunts. You know, tornados, births, deaths and the like. But everyone knows the best part of spin-offs is the potential for crossovers. As a fan of Private Practice, I had to bite the bullet and watch tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy out of fear I would miss provacative details about the case.

***Spolier Alert***

I didn’t.

I was suckered into watching Grey’s, a show I haven’t paid attention to since the fall of 2007. Tonight, I was reminded why I quit the show cold turkey. Nothing ever changes. Meredith is still whiny, and over reacting and Izzy is still as annoying as ever. Even the new characters (at least new to me) were uninspiring. Who is Dixon and why is she shaking? Who is the blonde woman with the giant eyes and why is she kissing Callie? Bailey provided a little respite…until she pulled out that bedazzler. (Really? Even if she had one, why would she have it at the hospital?) I asked these questions to myself and quickly realized I didn’t really want the answers. I’m over it and just glad my suspicions about the decline of Grey’s Anatomy were confirmed.

But here’s the rub. Tonight’s Private Practice will probably bleed into next week’s Grey’s (damn you sweeps!). Do I give it another go next week, or just ignore the Derek side of the story?

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(Hey folks, glad you found this post. We’re having some moving problems. Thanks for staying with us during the switch.)

So it’s Saturday and I’m starting a new feature. That’s what new blogs are for folks.

This one’s been on my mind since a fateful episode of 30 Rock when the cast was playing everyone’s favorite game: Marry, Bop, or Kill. Bop of course being the delightful euphemism for that unsavory F-Word.

The idea fell into the recesses of my mind until Defamer began running a similar feature called Watch, Tivo, or Kill. I plan on doing them one better and sticking with the game’s original title.

Everyweek, I’ll provide the characters, episodes, shows, actors, or actresses, I want to Marry, Bop or Kill for the week. How do you make love to a television episode? I haven’t figured that out just yet. One step at a time.

Here’s this week’s results:

Marry: Seth Meyers of SNL

Meyers has been head writer for SNL since 2005 and now he’s finally getting the credit he so rightfully deserves. People are quick to champion his work on the political sketches this season, but the non-political stuff has been super under-rated. Mark Wahlberg talks to animals? The Boat Ride? There’s some solid work being lost in the shuffle.

Meyers is also taking home my first Marry title because I caught an old episode of SNL this week and he did a remarkable job as Anderson Cooper. Anyone who can pull off that faint, elitist accent gets a vote in my book.

Bop: This week’s episode of Greek, “The Popular Vote”

As I’ve mentioned previously, this show is very well-done and is one of the better teen/college comedies on television…ever. However, this week’s episode was surprising, witty, full of pop culture references and nothing if not slightly dramatic. I was watching it on my DVR and kept checking how much time was left because I seriously didn’t want it to end. If you’re not watching Greek get over yourself and give it a chance. The writing is getting sharper and sharper every week and I’ll be sad to see this cycle end on October 28.

Kill: Baseball & Political Debates

Two of my current favorites were pre-empted this week due to politcal debates and baseball playoffs. Are both important? I suppose so. Would I have rather watched Private Practice? Heck yes.

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I stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy because the drama just got too frivolous for my taste. I was reluctant to make the switch to Private Practice, but after a string of successful episodes the show is quickly rising to the top of my must-see list.

At the very least, last night’s season premiere earned Private Practice a season pass on my Tivo. The episode featured five relationships on the rocks and a medical practice about to crumble under some serious financial burdens.

But the show takes a non-traditional trajectory by tackling some dicey bio-ethical dilemmas. Is it okay for parents to conceive a child with the express purpose of using the blood from that child’s umbilical cord to save the life of one of their other children? Should a doctor go outside of the law and against a family’s wishes and tell a teenager who’s planning to have sex that he’s HIV positive?

Both of these issues were examined Wednesday night and they lead to some great debates today around the copier near my desk at work. Unlike it’s parent program, Private Practice continues to do a fantastic job of combining new romance, relationship drama, family squabbles, comedy but above all–medicine. That’s something the folks over at Grey’s leave out more often than not.

This episode’s central debates reminded me of one of my other favorites, Picket Fences. Both programs take traditional genres (police, medicine, and/or family dramas) and turn them on their ears a bit. It also intrigues me when shows can manage to be familiar and refreshing simultaneously.

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This May Confuse The Regulars


Addison Montgomery is heading back to Seattle Grace…but just on a vacay. Kate Walsh is on break from Private Practice which is returning to ABC in the fall. In the interim she’s doing a guest spot on Grey’s just to confuse the hell out of people.

I’m sure the conversation with my mother will go something like this:

Mom: Doesn’t this show come on Wednesday?
Me: This isn’t Private Practice.
Mom: But it has the redhead on it. The one who looks like a horse.
Me: No, it’s a guest spot.
Mom: So her show is canceled?
Me: She’s just visiting.
Mom: But is she playing the same character as before?
Me: Before what?
Mom: Oh forget it. This is why I can’t keep up with this mess.

And cue her falling asleep on the couch. Why does ABC insist on toying with the minds of our greatest generation?

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Hump Day Updates

  • There is just no excuse not to be watching Kid Nation. If these out of context quotations don’t do anything for you then I’m out of ideas. Read some other blog.
    • ” Pelvis has left the building.”
    • ” Those aren’t igloos dude those are teepees.”
  • TLC is taking Pageant Place to the next level. On Miss America: Reality Check, all 52 Ms. America contestants are going to live in one house to see if their ” smarts, attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society.” The ladies will participate in challenges and events leading up to the finale event. Even with Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) hosting, I think it’s for the best this show is only four weeks long.
  • Over the past two nights I’ve discovered I want to eventually find a guy whose personality is the combination of Yukon Cornelius and Dell from Private Practice. Yukon is obvious. Who else will slay abominable snowmen who get in my way? Dell is a recent discovery though. Tonight, he finally confessed his love for Naomi and it was so adorable. Too bad he confessed it to her ex-husband.
    • ” You know how many women think like that, and look like that, and laugh like that and care? One. So far I’ve met one. And yeah, she’s out of my league in every possible way. But I don’t care. She dazzles me. And I’m not stupid enough to hope that one day I’ll meet someone like her when the time is right because I won’t. I love her. Okay? And I guarantee you-I wouldn’t make her cry.”

Cue the swooning.

  • An anti-whaling group named their boat Steve Irwin. Bindi Irwin had this to say before she was dragged to her next appearance.

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3 Reasons I’m Starting to Like Private Practice:

  1. Grown-Up Drama. No more he-said/she-said. No more “I love you even though I’m married.” The people seem real. Their problems aren’t pathetic.
  2. Interesting Medical Stories. The medical aspect of the show isn’t forgotten. I appreciate the time and care the writers room is taking to think of maladies that are out of the ordinary but not too far-fetched.
  3. Solid Acting. I know my love for Paul Kellerman (Prison Break) is no secret, but he is not alone in the “pretty good actor” category on this show. Tim Daly (Wings) was pretty convincing in his role as the angst-ridden widower tonight. (How’s that for grown up drama?)

The more I watch it, the better it gets. My fear? It will betray me like Greys did. I don’t want to compare the two because it’s like dating siblings and constantly bringing up the other one. However, if you’re brother’s a jerk, then chances are, you’ve got a little in you as well.

I’m going to give this show a chance. But the second it starts to turn on me, I will cut it out of my line-up faster than you can say Lost.

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I took notes, minute by minute, while watching Private Practice. You’re Welcome. For those of you with TiVos, consider this your spoiler alert. And if this isn’t extensive enough for you, try this out for size.

Minutes: Notes

1: How is Addison affording that house on the shore? That’s a Kate Walsh house, not an Addison Montgomery house.
2: I’ve missed Amy Brenneman. If only Tyne Daly could come back.
6: Taye Diggs is so hot.
9: “I want Ken’s sperm now.” I want to watch something else now.
18: One kiss changing your entire life? Unless someone slips you some tongue while they’re giving you mouth to mouth, I don’t think that’s happening.
27: Remnants of Greys rear their ugly head; First sign of extended metaphor/sappy music.
34: Why would you set up your hippy-dippy medical clinic 10-20 minutes form the nearest hospital? They’ve needed it twice in one day. Their premiums must be outrageous.
37: Holistic Doctor Guy (Tim Daly, Wings) just said, ” I can treat her so she won’t feel any pain.” WTF? Who let Mind Freak near the patients?
43: I’m so bored. I’m going to have BBQ for dinner and I’m getting two sides. I’ve earned it.
50: Cue the extended metaphor/melodramatic music
55: Moon Zappa must have really dug deep to get that very ethereal crying noise to come out. You only hear that at funerals. She’s the best actress on this show. I hope her character is recurring. It was so good, I won’t even make a Valley Girl comment.
56: The shows ends when Addison proves she has a bigger ego (and Adam’s Apple) than Kanye West. ” I saved her life. I saved your asses. I’m a world class neo-natal surgeon and I’m here to stay.” And in”It’s Britney Bitch” fashion, she goes on to say, ” Welcome to the new Oceanside Wellness.”

Bitch.

This should be very interesting…

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Not since they started selling popcorn for a quarter at my elementary school have I been this excited for a Wednesday. Blame it on lackluster summer shows or genuinely intriguing fall premieres, but I have an inkling fall hump days are going to be the ones to beat.

Here’s what I’m watching tonight and more importantly, what I’m not:


Kid Nation (Left): I haven’t been this amped to see children cry, sweat and put themselves in harms way since American Juniors. This show is living up to all of the hype and then some. However, it is kind of sad when you discover that children are just as calculating, if not more so than adults. Except this one. He’s just plain cute.

Private Practice: I keep calling this show Private Parts, making for confusing conversations with my parents and colleagues. But seriously, Greys has sucked since season 2 and I’m ready to lend my loyalty to Addison and her band of wacky doctors. Plus Paul Adelstein (Prison Break) is in the cast and he has yet to let me down.

Dirty Sexy Money: The premise of this show reminds me of Arrested Development. We all saw how well that went. It’s an hour long though, Peter Krause (Six Feet Under) stars, and knowing ABC, the show will have some sort of intrigue or dead narrator. I’m crossing my fingers for both.

Other things I plan to record or catch later:
Kitchen Nightmares
Top Chef
The War

Things I’m Avoiding Like The Plague:

Back To You: I like Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer, but it’s time to give the shows to someone else. Especially you Fraiser! You’ve been playing the same pompous asshole for 25 years.

The Bionic Woman: First, I refuse to give Isaiah Washington another chance so soon. Second, the pop-up ads for that show slowed down my internet beyond belief and kept me from searching IMDB. And since the image was so big, I couldn’t avoid clicking it. Plus, this looks like it could be a better movie anyway.

There is a lot to sift out before I make my final Wednesday line-up though and nothing is firm yet…except Kitchen Nightmares.

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