Private Practice Renewed for the a Full Season

October 24, 2007

Ironically this is also one of the first shows I’ve dropped from my viewing schedule.  I really, really wanted to like this show.  Despite cherrypicking the best character from Grey’s and adding some of the best character actors on television this show is just terrible.  So I didn’t like last season’s pilot or this season’s premiere for that matter.  But still I wanted to give this show the benefit of the doubt.  Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, even Addison deserve the benefit of the doubt.

I’m sorry though.  Three episodes (plus last year’s pilot) and a preview of the fourth were more than enough to tell me that this show isn’t happening.  I’m truly embarrassed for these talented actors with their underdeveloped, childish characters, forced to spew bad dialogue that makes Gossip Girl seem like Shakespeare and stuck dealing with boring storylines (can anyone say “blue children”).

Although I am dropping this show I do need to put in a caveat that I am willing to revisit at a later date if my fellow TV Lovers tell me to give it a try.  I had dropped Grey’s Anatomy after the first couple of episodes and midway through the second season my wife convinced me to give it another try and I found a completely different and strangely enjoyable show.  I hope the same happens with Private Practice but for now, it’s off the list.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Season 4, Episode 3 – Let the Truth Sting

October 12, 2007

My wife was very excited to see the old guy, who’s been part of so many lunch eating scenes, wake up.  She was even happier to find out that he knew everyone and all of their issues.  Unfortunately, he won’t be joining them for any more meals.  He was a man who wanted to die and by the end of the episode he got his wish.  But not until after he told Izzy that there was no way George was leaving Callie and I think she’s starting to realize that she’s the other woman and that she’s on her own.  With George confessing at the end of the show hopefully we’re getting closer to wrapping this misguided storyline up once and for all.

I’m pleased to say that this was another good episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  Just like Prison Break which has made a comeback on my viewing schedule after a terrible season last year, so too has Grey’s.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Season 3, Episode 2 – Love/ Addiction

October 5, 2007

Now that’s the Grey’s Anatomy I remember liking.  Humor, drama, soap opera plots and an ensemble cast acting like a true ensemble.  Sure, the George and Izzy story is still alive but the word on the street is that it’s not going to end happily.

Derek and Meredith are together but not really together and it’s clear the writing is on the wall – I think Derek will be bailing on this relationship soon enough.  I even liked her a little tonight.  It’s good to see her acknowledge how screwed up she is even if it’s in the context of blowing off her sister.

The opening scene of Christina trying to trade her gifts definitely made me laugh out loud and I have to admit that McSteamy really does enhance every scene he’s in including this one where he negotiates for the cappuccino maker.   Her day gets much worse as Mrs. Burke comes back to give advice to pretty much every character and to take back her son’s stuff.  Shock of shocks, Preston’s never coming back.

The case of the week where a meth lab run by a young couple blows up and injures their neighbours, some strangers and their baby son was quite good and proved a great showcase for Alex.  It doesn’t, however, work out well for Callie who not only figures out George is cheating on her but screws up most of the day.  Bailey gets some great scenes this week between undermining Callie and showing who the real boss is and giving Alex hell for losing it on the father for running a meth lab.

I have to admit, I’m back on the Grey’s train.

Avi’s Episode Rating: A-

PS – I could still do without the voice over


Grey’s Anatomy – Season 4, Episode 1 – A Change is Gonna Come

September 28, 2007

Not a bad start to the season. Although the voiceover is still in place it’s definitely a time of change for the former interns who now have interns of their own. Or at least most of them. As you may remember from last season, George is still a resident, which has him moping around most of the episode, at least until he’s able to say to Izzie the three words we’ve been dreading. I thought the writers listened to the fans who despise the prospect of an Izzy-George hook up. Oh well, I guess Izzy could always turn him down.

Meanwhile, to the shock of no one who follows TV news, Burke isn’t coming back leaving Christina to behave to her interns pretty much as we would expect. Derek and Meridith are still broken up but that doesn’t stop them from having a quickie in the on call room and funny enough I still don’t care about either of them. In contrast, new intern Lexie Gray, Meredith’s sister actually is likable and might be a great addition to the show. Lucky for Lexie they are only 1/2 sisters which (besides this being a TV show) would explain the disparity in character.

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Private Practice – Season 1, Episode 1 – In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else

September 27, 2007

Like pretty much everyone else who watched the pilot of this show last season in Grey’s Anatomy, I thought it sucked. (Check out my review if you don’t believe me.) They took the best character on Grey’s Anatomy and turned her into Meredith, one of the worst characters on TV. Taking the summer to retool, we are presented with the newly reworked real pilot episode and I’m unconvinced and even a little bored.

Unfortunately there are many things I dislike about this show. I need to be clear – It isn’t the cast who individually are great actors. Unfortunately, they just don’t seem to gel as an ensemble. The back and forth banter which is supposed to imply a relationship between the characters seems a little too scripted and not very natural. The relationship between Taye Diggs and Naomi (good recasting by the way) lacks chemistry. Although they haven’t changed Addison as drastically as they did in the previous pilot, she definitely isn’t the calm, cool professional she was on Grey’s.  That Addison, the “world class neonatal surgeon” would never have taken a job at a clinic like this with its group of disfunctional adults (and I use that word loosely) or be dancing naked in her window.

Beyond the character issues, the stories aren’t working either.  It’s way too early in the season for me to feel burned out on medical drama situations but I’m already feeling the “been there, done that” with the stories.  Was anyone surprised that the girlfriend would want the sperm after the boyfriend had died?  Not me.  Did anyone think the 17 year old girl who came to the clinic would have a smooth pregnancy?  Nope, not me either.

On the plus side, there was no Grey’s voice over but on the downside, same old Grey’s music.  I don’t think I’m done with the show yet.  Given the amazing cast I’m going to give it a few weeks but at this point I’m not feeling hopeful.

Avi’s Episode Rating: C-