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Hercules Deems GREY’S Spinoff

I am – Hercules!!
“Private Practice,” the new “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff about a Santa Monica medical clinic, is unfunny faux David E. Kelley from Shonda Rhimes, the woman who wrote 2002’s “Crossroads” (negative reviews from 85 percent of the nation’s movie critics), 2004’s “Princess Diaries 2” (negative reviews from 73 percent of the nation’s movie critics) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (not reviewed by the nation’s movie critics). Some TV critics are saying tonight’s first episode is better than the backdoor pilot that doubled as an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” last season. Wow! Tonight's new episode is so awful even the amazonian Kate Walsh cavorting nakedly cannot redeem it. Adding insult to injury, the show features Tim Daly (“Eyes”) and Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars”), stars from better, cancelled shows. Here’s hoping “The Bionic Woman” beats this thing silly. USA Today gives it two and a half stars (out of four) and says:
… These are supposed to be established physicians at a prosperous "wellness center," yet each does something tonight that makes you wonder if they're capable of even finding the clinic, let alone running it. We may be a childish generation, but you can't make all the characters childish at once, at least not before you've given us some reason to want to watch them grow up. …
The New York Times says:
… her new colleagues collectively offer one of the most depressing portrayals of the female condition since “The Bell Jar.” Or worse: The premiere showcases seven different women, doctors and their patients, in various states of anger, insecurity and neediness. It’s like a Hogarth engraving of the seven stages of womanly despair, “A Surgeon’s Progress.”…
The Los Angeles Times says:
… new beginnings can be difficult; there are problems here, though they are not irremediable. …
The Washington Post says:
… Spun clumsily and greedily off "Grey's Anatomy," the new series seems shallow and smirky. And if a TV show can be said to have a mind, this one's stubbornly in the gutter. …
The Chicago Tribune says:
… Addison, or at least the luminous and very likable Walsh, isn't really the problem here. The problem is that "Private Practice" attempts to drum up comedy from things that aren't funny and to wring drama from situations that are melodramatic, predictable or reek of barely repressed anger. …
The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… "Private Practice" is bad. … one of the most patently manipulative, poorly written pieces of drivel in the past few seasons, at least.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… Late in the episode, Addison describes her day with its "crazy MacGyver surgery," which is a cute acknowledgement of the plot's overbaked drama, but it doesn't excuse it. What's more, as her naked dance shows, Addison has been robbed of some of her most endearing traits. …
The Milwuakee Journal-Sentinel says:
… The "Private Practice" pilot is funny, flirtatious and full of life. It's also as rife with fantastic coincidences and other improbable developments as "Grey's," but that doesn't seem to faze the older series' gazillions of fans. …
The Denver Post says:
… a ridiculous soap with idiotic, annoyingly impossible characters in outlandishly implausible crises. It outwears its welcome before the first episode, "In Which We're Ready to Give Up on Addison, a Reinvented Character From Another Show." The good news: Rhimes got rid of the talking elevator, the most absurd feature of the first pilot.…
The Boston Herald says:
… If only your medical insurance covered the suffering of “Private Practice.” … practically dead on arrival, choked with contrived stories and lifeless characters. … There’s only one way to improve “Private Practice”: a Do Not Resuscitate order. …
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says:
… a crappy spinoff … we're not sure we can take new Addison brought to life in stupid Rhimesian banter …
Newsday says:
… hugely disappointing, and in so many ways that a mere review can't even begin to do all the problems injustice. …
Variety says:
… isn't a full-fledged screw-up, certainly, but so far it is a serious letdown -- the public kind that, in TV circles, historically follows a great big hit. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… The talented cast isn't quite as successful in getting past the shortcomings of a teleplay (from Rhimes, naturally) that's typically light on believability and heavy on the outrageous. Capturing lightning in a bottle twice in a row is Rhimes' tall challenge here, and it's uncertain at best that this is going to be the vehicle that delivers it. Then again, I didn't see the "Grey's" freight train coming, either. …
9 p.m. Wednesday. ABC.

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  • Sept. 26, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by Fernwick_

    LOL, that made me barf a little in my mouth...

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by nam0krut

    Eww Wrong talkback!

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Ok, Private Practice

    by Fernwick_

    I saw the "Pilot" spinoff episode, what really bugs me, is how Tim Daley comes off as so smug. He isnt all that, but he THINKS he is, that makes him THAT much more unappealing. And there was this really STUPID scene where all the girls were drooling over this surfer. That guy was so freaking ugly, and the 3 girls that were watching it with me all said the same thing, whats wrong with his nipples? It looked like they were stuck on and about to fall off. It was really gross. The characters are too pretty, too stuck up, too full of doubt, its just a BAD show idea. It shows ME, that she got lucky the first time. Hell, I watch Greys, but even I cant stand to look at Meredith. I dont know how anyone finds her appealing. And especially after her little whiny suicide crap. Anyone else think the show is full of it self?

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by Fernwick_

    I was hoping they would kill off Meredith and replace her with her sister :) That way it can keep the stupid title, Greys Anatomy. Because people, this is more like ER then about one person. And honestly does anyone really like Meredith?

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by jsm1978

    My wife likes Greys, but she has hated all the previews of this show, and she never really liked Addison in the first place. I always get a kick out of the fact that 90% of the people that go to that hospital die.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    What did you expect?

    by DerLanghaarige

    It's a spin off from an unoriginal and because of it's good looking, young actors overhyped hospital soap!

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by Pennsy


  • Sept. 26, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Agreed on Kate Walsh

    by Jor-El23

    That recent cover of EW was terrifying. I don't know why but she just looks like a really bitchy tranny.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Kate Walsh for Wonder Woman!

    by Abin Sur

    Or with that jaw of hers, maybe Batman...

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Herc?

    by Abin Sur

    Regardless of whether this show last two episodes or eight seasons, let this be the first AND LAST Private Practice TB, ok?

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Kate Walsh or Lisa Edelstein?

    by Christopher3

    Who's the hotter man woman?

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    After all the hype...

    by Napoleon Park

    After being touted all summer long as having a lock on pre-sold Hit of the Season status, I suspect all the negative reviews are just hype backlash. Especially since none of them seem to grasp what it is about Grey's Anatomy that views like in the first place - or worse, outright come out and say they pre-judged this show because they didn't like the original in the first place.<p> Of course Herc is totally objective, no one would think he'd criticize a show just because it's on opposite the trainwreck that is "The Bionic Remake" which he's trying to promote. Considering Herc's consistant track record on disliking night time soap operas ("Desperate Housewives will be canceled by Thanksgiving." he said... three years ago.) I know his opinion on this kind of show differs from mine. The thing I like about Shonda Rhimes writing is the way the main story plots serve as a metaphor for the lead charaters emotional state. And the cast on this show: Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman... star power, baby. <p> Oh, Chris3 - Lisa Edelstein, easily. Kate Walsh is weirdly unphotogenic; she's attractive enough on TV when you see her facial expressions, but it's hard to find a photograph that realy captures what you think she looks like. Loved her Emmy dress, though.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Tim Daly

    by skimn

    is as much of show-killer as his "Wings" buddy Steve Weber...out of that show who would have thought Shaloub and Church would come out on top?? Wait, they were the goofy, colorful characters. Of course they would have suceeded.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    I don't know the answer to that, but I think the two of them getting in on with each other would probably qualify as gay porn.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Every knew this show was gonna suck

    by Series7

    No one thought that it was going to be good. We all saw the crappy Greys episode where they tried to make you enjoy this show.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    So true, Herc. So true.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    I don't see the big deal about Grey's Anatomy. Such a horrible waste of time. But so is drugs, and that doesn't stop people from doing that. I guess my point is doing drugs is as bad as watching Grey's Anatomy. Wow.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    You must have not talked to a women since this show has been on. Any women milks their panties talking about this show (Grey's). I have a friend that hates TV, loves this show. Maybe those few geekets don't like this show, but average women love it. I mean for one pretty much the girls on that show are ugly so its geared towards women. Yeah Hiegel is ok, but she seems like such a bitch, and is the worst actress on that show. Probably because she behaves the most illogically (like a women).

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by clockpolitiks

    I totally agree. This looks horrible. I'm all for spinoffs, but this wasn't even necessary at all. They took away a supporting character and gave her a show for no reason other than to get ratings. It's crazy how she started off as kind of the villain of the show and now she has her own god damn hourlong crapfest. WTF? The fans blindly follow this show to no end. Season 3 was god-awful.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Herc: This show will be co-written by Marti Noxon

    by MGTHEDJ

    She's the showrunner. She created that lame soap "Brothers and Sisters" and was then kicked off after a few weeks. They retooled that show into the hit (by default) that ABC can now claim is Emmy Winning (by default.) Rhimes is a huge Buffy fan. She helped Noxon out by giving her a job last season on Grey's. That of course explains the lame "Suicide story arc." I want to give Noxon a chance, but just like in football where some assistant coaches make lousy head coaches, Noxon may not have what it takes to be the boss of a broadcast network show.-----later-----m

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Kate Walshe looks like a female version of Quagmire...

    by Negative Man

    <p>...from FAMILY GUY to me. That wide jawline and chin. Small, narrow eyes... She just screams 'giddity-giddity!'</p><p></p><p>Yep. I'm mean.</p>

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Or Kate Walsh, even...sheesh...damn fingers...<nm>

    by Negative Man

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Series 7 . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    That's why shows like Firefly, Drive, The Inside etc. never get a chance to breathe. Meanwhile, Grey's Anatomy chugs along.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    Er...Are you suggesting that -as Series implies- "normal women" are the reason shows like you mentioned above don't get enough air time? There are a few things I think are wrong about that but I'll skip the sexism and go straight to buying power. 18-49 MALE buying power, the highest of target groups. If their interest is underwhelming, then so is the show and that has a big deal to do with cancellation, even more so than "normal women" liking goofy shit about hospital workers.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST

    The characters practice on each other's privates!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Just like on "Grey's Anatomy"!

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember The Nine?

    by Doc_Strange

    Now THAT was a fuckin' STUPID premise for a show. A bunch of nonrelated people in a hold up and we were supposedly gonna get seven seasons (years) of them trying to cope with it all. <p> One thing I'll say is I feel sorry for Taye Diggs. My nigga can't seem to catch a break..... or maybe he can between all the cancelled shows he's starred in: Kevin Hill, that one like Groundhog Day, and now it looks like this show will follow suit. Taye, bro, try and read the scripts before you commit, holmes.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    PP is awesome, FOR ME TO POOP ON!

    by Fernwick_

    Well, I had the first post here, and MY GOD, did this show really fucking suck. Am I totally nuts, or did that Naomi girl look like a fucking Klingon? No, no, no, a MENTALLY RETARDED Klingon. This should have had a decent chance, the premise of co-op medicine is actually interesting to me, but these characters, WTF was this woman thinking??? THIS woman writes for Greys? Its as if the writer is mentally deranged and her split personality, a 19 year old horny kid wrote this show. Why on earth is Tim Daly acting like he is GODS gift to women? I can see lots of guys act that way, Brad Pitt, Clooney, my wife says even ANGEL's David Boreanaz could play the stuck up sex machine better then fucking Tim Daly. Can these characters be any more fucking annoying? That shrink lady was so bad, fuck I cant even talk about it anymore. Bionic Woman has a real chance to get renewed, if it stays opposite this steaming turd. Nuff said.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    My wife confirms it...

    by JackSack

    Even she declares this show DoA. And she's a big fan of GA. I watched it with her because I usually get a hoot at making fun of GA while she's watching it and I thought this would be the same type of fun. But, this show is so bad, so uninspired and lazy that I couldn't even muster the energy to make fun of it. Oh and here's why Grey's Anatomy is popular: Its main demographic is the ladies. Look at all the chicks on that show. All of them ugly and unthreatening except the hoochie mama from Knocked Up. But, she gets involved in romances with guys who are dying or the gay guy on the show. But, all the guys (according to my wife) are hot. In real life none of those doctors Mc Dreamy or McFaggy or McWhateverthefuck would be giving squinty eyed, psycho Mereidth or flat faced Sandra Oh another look. They'd all be lined up at the bang machine that is Katherine Heigl.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Technical advisors, anyone?

    by Happy Killmore

    I was forced to start watching this show by my wife last night and decided to just go to sleep after all the ridiculous technical inaccuracies. What the hell is Addison anyway? Is she a hotshot neonatal surgeon or an Ob-Gyn? One does not do both. If she were truly both she'd have to be at least 50 to have completed all that training then had time to be as highly ranked as she was in Seattle. To be a neonatal surgeon one must complete college (4 years) then med school (another 4 years). After this would be a surgery residency which is 5-6 years (depending on whether or not a research year is required at the program). A pediatric surgery fellowship of at least 2 years would be next. After that would be a neonatal surgery fellowship which is at least another 2 years. Somewhere in there she'd need to complate a 4 year Ob-Gyn residency as well. Maybe she's Addison Howser, Doogie's smarter little sister. Anyway, anyone who knows surgeons would know that they're not going to go from practicing "hotshot" surgery to delivering babies. Especially babies that aren't even high risk. Please do some homework with this show, people.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Yeah, they're in Trouble

    by jedidad99

    The show ended and my wife, who is a huge GA fan, turned to me and said "well, Thats not going to last long." If they couldnt win over my wife who was basically already a guaranteed fan, then there is really very little hope. Even the scene at the beginning where they had the chief from Greys on seemed like it was from a completely different set of creators, it was awful. and finally, what possible reason did they have for switching out Merrin Dungey for the klingon woman?

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by Fernwick_

    YES, you agree with me, you read my post? What the hell is up with that Klingon woman? I think this is proof that a casting couch, or kneepads do exist... cuz im sorry, that woman would not be with that SEAL look alike (minus the odd scarring). *shallow I know but TRUE*

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Meredith is terrible

    by Redmantle

    she does need to die. She's a whiny bitchy little thing. Oh boo hoo, mommy didn't approve of you. Get a life! Replace her with the new Grey girl. I'm sure the producers did this to keep Ellen Pompeo in line. If she becomes too much of a diva they can replace her with the new girl- who was pretty funny in that "Not another teen movie" movie. Btw, Kate Walsh is hot, but the new show sucks. That is all.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by Fernwick_

    I agree, she isnt that important to the show either. Shes probably the LEAST interesting character. Especially after that stupid, didnt save herself storyline. I would totally be fine with losing Meredith Grey, and going with the new Grey. Just like I would be fine with dumping the Brunette Bionic Woman, and having Katie Sackoff take over. It would be so cool, so see a show pull a switcheroo like that, make the brunette turn bad, and have Katie reform or some stuf... :D

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    The Cancelled Bunch

    by tme2nsb

    Private Practice Bionic Woman Journeyman Cavemen Life Dirty Sexy Money Gossip Girl Big Shots and Ann B. Davis as Alice. See, I can do what Family Guy does...

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    right, herc things Private Practice sucks because..

    by slicksean36

    ...all this site thinks is good is shows that tend to have cult followings or shows that would normally have cult followings but for some reason don't. I loved Alias and thank Herc for being so kind to it over the years even though it did start to suck. I also loved Wonderfalls and Firefly becuase they were amazing. I don't like Heroes, I honestly don't have a reason it just doesn't appeal to me. Heroes...hmm the only incredibly main stream series that Herc seems to ever support. Oh then theres Lost sorry I forgot about Lost. Wait...Lost & Heroes both have some kind of supernatural make believeness to them. HMMMM Sooo what Herc only deams any kind of series that is make believe watchable. Heaven forbid Grey's Anatomy or Desperate Housewives not have talking inanimate objects. Sorry but Terri Hatcher being able to change time or some crazy black dust flying around Seattle Grace eating people isn't going to make me like the show any better. The back door pilot for Private Practice was good and the only thing icky about the actual Pilot is that Merrin Dugney (formerly of ALIAS) was recast with this unbearable woman. I liked Private Practice, is my life going to end if it fails? No. Mostly because Kate Walsh can go back to Grey's if it fails but it's not going to fail so lets uhhhh shut the fuck up...thanks.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    You know whats gonna save this show

    by Series7

    Kate Walsh is going to turn out to be a TRANNY!!! I hope Tranny sex is a running theme throught all the new shows on TV.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    slicksean36 = CHRIS CROCKER

    by Fernwick_

    LEAVE PRIVATE PRACTICE ALONE!! YOU BASTARDS!! Please, I enjoy non-supernatural shows quite a bit, Dexter, Sopranos, 6 Feet Under, Sex and The City, and by the way, Desperate Housewives is HORRIBLE. I dont know ONE person who watches that crap, because its GOD awful, we just have a bunch of Nielsen Families who are all crack heads, thats why Survivor and Big Brother and Who wants to Marry a TRANNY keep getting renewed. The show was horrible, juvenile, overdramatic, and incredibly full of its self, wait a second... speaking of supernatural, I do recall a ..... a... TALKING ELEVATOR so lets uhhh shut the fuck up...thanks. Dipshit.