With the exception of PARKS AND RECREATION and THE OFFICE both of which put peripheral characters Ron Swanson and Kelly Kapoor front and center to great effect, this TV Addict — courtesy of an excellent dinner with fellow TV blogger @thetelevixen — is embarrassingly behind on Thursday TV. Which is why we’re once again passing the buck to you — our far smarter and better looking readers — to post away with your thoughts on last night’s May sweeps instalments of COMMUNITY, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, BONES, FRINGE, VAMPIRE DIARIES, SUPERNATURAL, FLASHFORWARD, GREY’S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE.
Any scoop on what 90210 has planned for their season finale? — Amber
The TV Addict: Although probably not done intentionally, 90210’s May 18 season finale will go out with a nod to original series star Emily Valentine when things really start to heat up on Liam’s boat after a certain somebody who-shall-not-be-named discovers that Annie and Liam are a little too dedicated to practicing “safe boating” (Think: Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!)
Who is getting married on the BONES season finale? — Michael
The TV Addict: Considering the May 20 season finale will include an unexpected visit from Angela’s father, we’re going to go out on the first of many limbs today and guess that Angela and Hodgins will be the ones walking down the aisle. Thoughts?
He still believes in Addison and Pete.
“This is the deal: Every great TV romance in success plays out over a really long period of time,” said Tim Daly when asked by the TV Addict on a recent one-on-one if there is any hope at all for the coupling that was so clearly telegraphed at the start of the series. “If Pete and Addison had been in some kind of relationship in the first or even the second season, it may have foreshortened something so delicious to let unfold as the series continues. I still think there is room for that spark between Pete and Addison to combust, but how and when that comes to be is a subject for debate.”
Enjoys the lighter moments of PRIVATE PRACTICE.
In spite of the show finding its footing placing babies in peril week-in-and-week-out, Daly, who got his start with 172 episodes of the hit NBC sitcom WINGS enjoys the lighthearted moments at Oceanside Wellness the best. “I really enjoy when we get a chance to do something funny, particularly the funny camaraderie between the guys,” explained Daly. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of sick babies on this show, I mean my God we’re doing our best to reduce the population on the planet by scaring woman all over the world from having babies! That said, I do try to find humour whenever I can.”
Sarah Chalke is officially a mother! Unlike that other show where the identity of the mother is shrouded in secrecy, Chalke puts to rest all those pesky ‘mother’ rumours (See: belly!) when she makes her much-anticipated return to SCRUBS on Tuesday January 5th.
If there is a silver-lining to the fact that tonight’s Thursday night schedule is devoid of GREY’S ANATOMY, it’s that fans of that other Shonda Rhimes medical drama — you know, the one where all the drama happens on-screen — will have the pleasure of enjoying back-to-back helpings. And here to help preview tonight’s two-hour PRIVATE PRACTICE even is none other then actor who portrays Sam — Taye Diggs ± with his take on the connection between Sam and Addison, Sam and Naomi and most unexpectedly of all, Sam and Jay Harrison (Trust us, it all make sense when you’re done!)
I suppose I should start with the one question on every PRIVATE PRACTICE fan’s mind: What’s up with Sam and Addison?!
Taye Diggs: The fact that we’re really good friends and that we’ve made this pact with each other to not sleep with anyone and just spend some time alone has really kind of brought us closer together which I know the writers are having a lot of fun with. Especially since we’re the only two truly single doctors in the Practice that aren’t already caught up in some other business. That said, I don’t know just how far we’re going to go with it.
Would you like to see the writers take the relationship to the next level?
I think it would make great drama considering Addison, Naomi and Sam are so closely knit. Plus Naomi certainly would fly off the handle!
On Thursday, ABC will air back-to-back episodes of PRIVATE PRACTICE, the second of which will bring to the forefront Dell, when a terrible explosion at his house lands daughter Betsey and wife Heather in the hospital. And here to talk a little bit about the episode, where Dell has been all season long, and of course VERONICA MARS is Chris Lowell.
Dell has really been pushed to the background this season. Can you talk a little bit about why that happened, and if this Thursday’s episode will mark somewhat of a resurgence for your character?
When Shonda [Rhimes] and I talked about doing less episodes this season [Lowell will reportedly be in 13 of the season’s 22 episodes] the idea behind it was instead of putting Dell in every episode — where a lot of the times he wasn’t doing anything particularly significant to the episode, show, or plot — give Dell less episodes, but make his roles in them more significant. Thursday is a huge episode, I certainly prefer coming to work and having really meaty stuff to do everyday. And from what I understand you’ll be seeing Dell around more and more.
Not to be outdone by his fictional small screen son David Gallagher, who will be swooping into Metropolis this Friday as one half of “The Wonder Twins” comes Stephen Collins. Yes, the artist formerly known as Reverend Camden will be descending upon Santa Monica for an unwelcome face-to-face with daughter Addison on the November 19 episode of PRIVATE PRACTICE entitled “Sins of the Father.” More first look photos of the man Addison lovingly refers to as “The Captain” can be seen after the jump.
WIth the notable exception of another hilarious instalment of 30 ROCK, a not-so-hilarious (save for Kelly Kapoor’s disapproving nod of approval) episode of THE OFFICE and a sadly very-underwhelming instalment of PARKS AND RECREATION this TV Addict is embarrassed to report that I’ve yet again sullied my self-proclaimed title of so-called TV Addict by missing out on most of our favorite Thursday night shows. Which is why, I’m once again passing the buck to all of you — my far smarter and better looking readers — to post away with your thoughts on last night’s instalments of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, SUPERNATURAL, COMMUNITY, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, BONES, FRINGE, FLASH FORWARD, GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, SURVIVOR, CSI and THE MENTALIST.
1. The fourth season of DEXTER is gonna be killer… particularly for one unlucky actor (or actress) in the opening credits.
2. Thursday’s season premiere of that other Shonda Rhimes medical drama opens with a not-so private funeral.
3. Get ready to Dial M… for Mode, when a loved one of a Mode employee finds themselves under investigation for murder.
Getting to the question that has been on every fan’s mind since the moment last season’s credits rolled — Yes, Violet is alive. Picking up a mere twenty minutes after what turned out to be last Spring’s most buzzed about season finale, actress Amy Brennenman (Violet) promises that, “You’re going to see me again.” Yet the question remains, in what condition? Teased PRIVATE PRACTICE creator Shonda Rhimes on this TV Addict’s recent visit to the set, “Obviously Amy is here on set. But the interesting thing is how she lives and whether or not there will be a baby.” ‘Whether or not there will be a baby?’ WhatchutalkinboutShonda! Unfortunately Rhimes, a notorious spoilerphobe isn’t talking — and we should add — has the uncanny ability for saying a lot without saying, well absolutely anything. Thankfully, what she will confirm is that what happened to Violet, in addition to Addison’s choice to walk away from Noah and Naomi’s decision to leave the Practice are going to reverberate for a while. And, rest assured, things won’t be all doom and gloom at Oceanside Wellness. “Last season there was a synthesis of both the dark and light stories that we were really happy with,” reassures co-executive producer Betsey Beers. “And we certainly want to restore that sense of balance that these characters are neurotic and can have fun.” Hey, we’re up for anything as long as it doesn’t involve a talking elevator. Shot back Rhimes, “I liked it, but we were the only ones.” Amen sister!
PRIVATE PRACTICE returns on Thursday October 1st on ABC at 10PM [‘A’ in Canada]