Help ABC concoct its 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff

Kate_l_1I’ll admit it: I’m kind of excited by the news that ABC is planning a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff focusing on Kate Walsh’s appealing Addison Shepherd. Yet while I’ve got faith in Shonda Rhimes’ vision, I’d hate to see network suits water the project down into a sitcom called Addison!, about a neurotic pediatric surgeon living out of a high-end Manhattan hotel populated with wacky characters. To avoid such a heinous possibility, I thought we could all participate in a little brainstorming session to ensure the spinoff’s success. Shonda, PopWatch will gladly take an associate producer credit (and a cut of the profits, natch) if any of these ideas inspire you. I’ll start with my pitch — which might be a little too Grey’s-meets-Brothers & Sisters to qualify as truly original. Then again, it also features babies. And everybody loves babies!

Deciding she’s never given up on finding true love, Addison decides to go the single-mother route, visits a fertility clinic for artificial insemination, and winds up pregnant with — egads! — triplets. Overwhelmed by the news, she accepts a job as chief of surgery at an Arizona hospital, where she can live closer to her retired parents (Ellen Burstyn and Paul Sorvino — remember their delicious pairing on That’s Life?), viciously competitive dentist sister (Téa Leoni), wannabe-actor gay brother (Dermot Mulroney) and his hubby (Blair Underwood), who just so happens to be one of Addison’s best friends from med school/new coworker. The series could then focus on Addison’s quest to juggle her career, her triplets, her overbearing family — and, of course, a couple of potential McMatches.

Okay, PopWatchers, your turn: How would you spin off Addison from Grey’s? Ready, set, pitch!

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  • Ceballos

    GREAT premise Slezak…love the cast, the setting (Arizona vs. Seattle), and though it IS a bit too Brothers and Sister-y, they shouldn’t deviate too much from your concept. I think I just mostly like the idea of a “viciously competitive dentist sister” and a prominent gay character on the show (which Grey’s lacks, presumably because they’d then have to create about a dozen other gay characters to involve in wacky/random/improbable hookups so the one gay character doesn’t get lonely)…and no Joe the barkeep doesn’t count as “prominent”
    Mostly though, I’ll check it out because Kate Walsh is terrific…and there’ll be NO SIGN OF GREY…yes! I’m a card-carrying Meredith hater, so I’ll at least give this project, which’ll have a VERY appealing skinny/whiny/mopey-character-free zone, a look.

  • rich

    while i think a sitcom would be great for kate walsh (her timing is always on point), i’d love to see her trade barbs in a dramedy set in a research hospital in new york. pair her up with a demanding boss played by edie falco, a painfully competitve rival played by michelle rodriquez, a romantic foil played by (good call) blair underwood, and a few other coworkers filled out by lynn chen (saving face), julie ann emery (hitch), and of course alison janney. there’s room for her (yes again) gay brother played by james marsden, her divorced parents played by victor garber and isabella rosellini. throw in recurring guest star embeth davitz as the ex sister in law, a running thread about battles over research cases, worries program funding, and constant bickering among the competing doctors, and you’ve got the basis for a great show. so long as the patient of the week phenomenon doesn’t take hold.

  • Zizzou

    NOOO please don’t take Addison away from Seatle Grace
    HUGE, sure Kate Walsh deserves to have her own central storylines but the beauty of the diversity of characters and having Addison as part of the clique is great and so is the under the surface flirtatin between he and Alex; so is her friendship with Callie (who odd as she is i’ve grown to love)(again diversity and reality, the worls is ful of odd people like her). The natural evolution of the Addion character has her becoming good friends and confidante to Meredith.

  • K

    I think the triplets idea is fairly rotten, though the casting sounds pretty good…

  • will

    just put caroline dhavernas in it and i’ll watch

  • will

    just put caroline dhavernas in it and i’ll watch

  • KateFan

    After Derek breaks Addison’s heart, she is lured back to her hometown (Los Angeles, maybe?) by her anrgy-girl-with-issues sister (Holly Marie Combs), who is a nurse in a decaying, declining urban hospital run by an evil overlord (Anthony Stewart Head). As she struggles to mentor a crop of new students (Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Charisma Carpenter, Christopher Marquette and Josh Charles) and to deal with a corrupt but sex-ay boss and juggling her own recovery from depression with the sister and family issues, she recruits her old friend Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) to come out to LA and help her turn it all around.

  • gymclassreject

    The only acceptable spinoff for me is:
    After Addison (finally) realizes that Meredith is the love of Derek’s life, and Mark reaffirms himself as a manwhore, she decides to return to NYC to find true love, advance her career, and get the hell out of dodge. Welcoming her back to NYC are her fresh-faced gynie interns (played by unknowns), viciously competitive dermatologist sister (Tea Leoni), colleague/med school friend (Andre Braugher), retired parents (Powers Boothe and Isabella Rossellini), BFF (Lauren Graham), who also happens to Derek’s spunky-and-filled-with-problems-herself psychiatrist sister Kathleen. When the Chief (Ian McShane) brings in two new doctors to the hospital, played by Carlos Bernard and a clean-shaven Dermot Mulroney, sparks fly at the hospital.
    At the end of the first episode, she finds Alex waiting at her doorstep professing his love for her. And that he’s decided to do his internship in NY under her tutelage.

  • Rosalia

    Ok it might not be to bad because at first Addison wasn’t suppose to be a series regular… So as long as Meredith lives and her and derek are happy together Im fine…

  • Brett

    A Spin-Off would be horrible. There’s only so much good that Grey’s can do. Don’t spread it too thin.

  • katlou

    gymclassreject, that’s brilliant!

  • daisyj

    Addi Loves Chachi!

  • Tracy

    I love the idea of casting Carlos Bernard on the show. The world has been so much less since Tony got axed from 24. Let us ogle him some more! Dermot Mulroney and Josh Charles are also great calls.

  • Ang Knee

    “Shepherd’s Crook.” Drama. 60m. After a weekend of hard McWhoopie leaves her lame, partially amnesiac, and transported to the 1930s, Dr. Addison Shepherd acquires a stylish cane and uses it to keep a ramshackle house full of scampish orphans in line!

  • Julia

    I adore Addison, and Kate Walsh, but I’m just a little nervous about taking Addison away from Seattle Grace, mostly for stupid reasons, i.e. I really wanted her and Alex to hook up.

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