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I'm Still Not Over... Pete's death on 'Private Practice'

There are several ways a character can exit ShondaLand: They might simply pick a new path in life. They might move to Switzerland. Or more than likely, they’ll die. But when it comes to how they’ll die, the options are limitless. Rhimes has killed characters in plane crashes and hospital bombings. She’s shot people point blank between the eyes. She’s drawn out a character’s death to give them ample time to say goodbye. She’s shocked viewers by killing others in the blink of an eye (and with a bus, no less). So years ago, when word got out that Tim Daly was leaving Private Practice after the show’s fifth season, fans instantly started to gossip.

The first question: Will Pete be killed? It actually felt unlikely, considering that Pete ended season five having been arrested for murder after illegally unplugging a patient at the request of the patient’s partner. All signs more or less pointed to Pete either going to jail or going on the run indefinitely. And one of those theories wasn’t all that far off. READ FULL STORY

Taye Diggs is both the world's most charming man and its worst rapper -- VIDEO

“He gave Stella her groove back. He broke hearts — and fixed them — on ABC’s Private Practice. He’s done it all: film, television, theater. But in his next act, an unlikely partnership with underground rap sensation DeStorm Power would change an entire genre of music… forever.”

So begins this Behind the Music-esque video from ABC.comedy, which dramatizes Taye Diggs’s fake attempt to become a hip-hop icon. The twist: Though Diggs seems like one of those guys who’s just naturally great at everything, he’s actually the worst rapper this side of MC Skat Kat. But hey — what would you expect from a guy who thinks George Gershwin invented the genre?

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Kate Walsh is just trying to make us jealous, isn't she?

The Private Practice star is showing off her impossibly fit body on the March cover of SHAPE magazine, stripping down to her birthday suit — save for a little bling (thankfully not a grill) and some strategically placed shadows. The headlines read like a veritable checklist for Walsh’s prep work: “Lose That Arm Jiggle,” get a “Tight Tush” and “Flawless Skin,” and “De-Clutter Your Life” — by abandoning clothes!

The 44-year-old actress admitted, “I was terrified, but I really wanted to do a naked cover — especially with SHAPE, because the magazine is about loving yourself inside and out.” The issue hits stands Monday.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Would you be brave enough to go buff to spread a message of self-confidence?

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Find the 'Cougar Town' cast... on all your other favorite shows!

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No amount of time spent with Big Carl will help me get over the fact that ABC’s Cougar Town won’t premiere until next year. I curse whoever made the decision to keep the Cul-de-sac Crew off the air until that mid-season premiere date (which has yet to be determined).

But it seems that the powers that be read my mind and made the decision to at least get Jules & Co. back on my TV, even though they can’t deliver any new Cougar Town episodes. Earlier this week, the show’s creator Bill Lawrence tweeted that his cast “will be on more shows this fall (this week even) than any cast on tv.” What quickly followed was Lawrence’s announcement of the “Find the Cougar Town Cast” project. READ FULL STORY

'Private Practice' season premiere: Heart attack -- or attack on our hearts?

Well, wasn’t that a rather deceptive way to open the new season of Private Practice? All summer, we fans have been wondering what, exactly, was going to happen to Pete — who suffered a heart attack in the last few seconds of May’s season finale — when the show revved back up this fall. So, naturally, Practice didn’t make us wait long and opened just minutes after the aforementioned medical emergency: Pete was still laboring on the floor, post attack. Stressful!

Not too much later, Sam was called into the hospital to help out Charlotte with a patient. They were pumping a chest, doing all they could, Sam was distraught, until Charlotte told him that they had to call it. The death, that is. Time: 10:17. Only — and as the whole thing was playing out, it became pretty clear what was going to happen — Pete wasn’t the dead body on the table. It wasn’t until the camera finally panned to the guy — a total unknown, who, frankly, we don’t care about — that we saw the patient’s true identity. I said it already, but: deception!

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'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parenthood,' 'Private Practice' to be honored as 'Television with a Conscience.' Which shows changed you?

The Television Academy will honor eight programs this May for exemplifying “Television with a Conscience.” The fourth annual Television Academy Honors will single out Friday Night Lights‘ “I Can’t” episode for its handling of unwanted pregnancy; Parenthood‘s pilot for showing the impact of an Asperger’s diagnosis; Private Practice’s “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?” episode for its depiction of sexual assault, its aftermath and the long-term mental health effects that follow; The Big C’s “Taking the Plunge” episode for exploring the transition from denial to acceptance of living with life-threatening cancer; Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for its movement to reduce childhood obesity; the Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary The 16th Man for educating viewers on how Nelson Mandela used the sport of rugby and the 1995 Rugby World Cup title to help heal South Africa; the documentary Wartorn 1861-2010, executive produced by James Gandolfini, for its chronicling of the lingering effects of combat and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history; and The Oprah Winfrey Show‘s self-explanatory “Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward.”

Thinking back, what would you have wanted to receive this honor had it existed before 2008? The first thing that came to my mind was “The Runaway” episode of The Fact of Life, which I’ve embedded after the jump for anyone who wants to see Tootie nearly be tricked into becoming a teen prostitute.  READ FULL STORY

KaDee Strickland talks about her brutal rape storyline on 'Private Practice'

KADEE-STRICKLANDImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABCLast week’s episode of Private Practice — which included an unflinching portrayal of Dr. Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland) being raped — provoked widespread discussion about sexual assault, its depiction on television, and Charlotte’s decision not to report it. More than 10 million viewers watched, a 44 percent ratings surge for the medical drama. As the ramifications of the assault continue to play out on tonight’s episode, we talked to Strickland about the harrowing storyline.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kind of reactions to the episode have you experienced?
KADEE STRICKLAND:
The woman from the rape treatment here at UCLA, who I worked with [to research the role] — for her to reach out and say to me that she’s never seen it depicted that way, that was just jaw-dropping. It was a great point of pride for both [Private Practice creator] Shonda Rhimes and myself. And in like kind, the RAINN hotline has just been booming. I say that knowing that it’s not just people who are reporting attacks but people who are co-survivors. The fact that anyone felt compelled to get help or come forward or deal with it affecting someone they love — my God, there’s nothing more extraordinary. People have come up to me and thanked me. I’m reeling from that. Our little TV show done good.

What about Charlotte’s decision not to report the rape yet? READ FULL STORY

This year's Halloween episodes: Which will be the best?

modern-familyImage Credit: Danny Feld/ABCHalloween episodes are always fun. But the best ones still manage to reveal something about their characters, such as that Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s former vengeance demon Anya is afraid of bunnies, and Bones‘ Brennan, who doesn’t understand 99.9 percent of pop culture references, insists upon dressing up as Wonder Woman every year. Which of this year’s remaining Halloween-themed episodes (sorry, Parenthood and One Tree Hill) sounds like it will become a classic? (We’ve got details straight from the networks on 22 shows. If we’ve missed one, add it in the comments.) Spoiler alert! READ FULL STORY

TV's top brass: Why so white?

ewu_logoFor our final class of our EW University course on TV Auteurs, Prof. Jennifer Armstrong is back to address the lack of diversity in our list, and in the TV industry as a whole.

Aaron Sorkin, Aaron Spelling, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams: All great auteurs, with distinct voices and visions, who left indelible marks on television. All genuinely brilliant in their own ways. All deserving of auteur status.

And, of course, all white men.

When we assembled our list of TV visionaries to discuss in this EW U course, there was no arguing with the names we chose. We could’ve added a few more –- a David E. Kelley or a Seth MacFarlane or a Chuck Lorre -– but, guess what! Those are still more white men. Distinctive talents, sure. But when it comes to offering a broad range of perspectives, television still lags behind, you know, real life. (Movies could use a dose of perspective, too, by the way.)

What makes this disconnect even more shocking is that these days, strong leading ladies are THE thing, especially on cable. It seems all you need to do to make a hit is plunk a female star of a certain age who isn’t getting the juiciest parts these days (hi, Kyra Sedgwick!) or ever (Jada Pinkett Smith) into a sassy character who solves crimes/saves lives each week; or, on pay cable, give her a flawed character who screws up lives while baiting Emmy voters (see: Edie Falco).  And yet a large number of TV’s most commanding female characters are being created and shaped by …  men. Pinkett Smith’s Hawthorne comes from John Masius; Sedgwick’s The Closer comes from James Duff. They’re part of a long tradition: Sex and the City sprung from the mind of Darren Star (who later brought us Cashmere Mafia), Desperate Housewives from Marc Cherry’s fertile imagination. There are, certainly, a few up and coming female executive producers these days: Rebecca Sinclair (an alum of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls), who turned The CW’s 90210 remake around; Stephanie Savage, who’s given both The O.C. and Gossip Girl bite (even though she takes second billing to the more auteur-ish Josh Schwartz); The L Word’s Ilene Chaiken; and Weeds’ Jenji Kohan. Tina Fey’s one of the few female voices on the Big Four — and she’s clearly one of the most unique (not to mention critically drooled-over). But none of those ladies has gotten the chance to prove she’s more than a one-hit wonder. The only woman who could come close to entering the all-boys auteurs’ club is Grey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes (pictured above) — who, thanks to Private Practice, is the only woman and the only person of color with more than one show on network television right now. Her vision is still too new and untested – Grey’s is a surefire and distinctive hit, but Practice is far wobblier — to achieve auteur status. However, she could become a Sorkin or a Kelley over time. READ FULL STORY

Free Kate Walsh from 'Private Practice'!

Freekatewalsh_lNot since Winona Ryder almost ended up in the slammer has a cause affected me so profoundly and deeply. It’s time to free Kate Walsh. The talented actress, so witty and intelligent in her talk show appearances, has done her time in the prison known as Private Practice and she deserves to be emancipated. Send her back to Grey’s Anatomy, move her on to Wisteria Lane, make her the mother on How I Met Your Mother. I don’t really care. Private Practice has become unwatchable. Apparently, many of you agree: The show captured only 8 million viewers or so last week, according to initial ratings. Are you frustrated with the series, too? Is it time to put the show out of its misery? And most importantly, will anyone volunteer to print the “Free Kate Walsh” t-shirts?

More ‘Private Practice’/’Grey’s Anatomy’:
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Michael Ausiello’s latest ‘Private Practice’ casting scoops
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Season 4′s Best and Worst

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