ABC's 'Practice' Not Yet Perfect
McPherson says 'work to do' to refine 'Grey's' spinoffNEW YORK --
Despite big ratings earlier this month for the two-hour "Grey's" that set up the new show, ABC Entertainment chief Stephen McPherson acknowledged that there is "some work to do" on the show before it hits the air at the start of the 2007-08 season.
"What you suffer from in a pilot, especially this, which was not really a pilot but a hybrid kind of introduction, is you're introducing all the characters," McPherson said Tuesday at a press conference about ABC's lineup for next season. "I think it spent a lot of time introducing the characters and not as much time on stories.
"[Creator Shonda Rhimes] had a lot of stories she wanted to tell, but unfortunately that would have taken three to four hours."
McPherson is confident, though, that Rhimes will be able to move past that hurdle once "Private Practice" starts production. "What Shonda does brilliantly, I think, is the conflict between people and the reality of that," he says. "I think you'll see a lot more of that as it goes along."
"Private Practice," which will air on Wednesdays, centers on "Grey's" star Kate Walsh and also stars Tim Daly, Merrin Dungey and Taye Diggs. Walsh's character, neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery, is leaving Seattle to work with an old friend (Dungey) in Los Angeles. McPherson promises the show won't simply be "Grey's Anatomy," take two.
"We're not doing an imitation of 'Grey's' -- it's really a show about these young interns who know nothing ... and have grown into this world. ['Private Practice'] is a world where people actually know each other really well in some cases, and what is that adult relationship that exists when you know people really well, all the complications of that."