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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'Private Practice'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 1st 2011 1:00PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents on recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand-in-hand with our weekly spoilers column, in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers about a regular character leaving the series at the end of the current season of 'Private Practice.'

In early February, we learned that Audra McDonald, a regular cast member, would leave the series at the end of the current season to spend more time with her family in New York. The door will remain open for her to return as a guest star next season.

When ABC announced that Audra McDonald would replace Merrin Dungey as Dr. Naomi Bennett, a lot of fans were outraged. Dungey had a good following from her stint on 'Alias' and fans, including myself, wished the 'Private Practice' Powers That Be had given her a few episodes to get used to the role of Naomi.

I eventually got used to McDonald playing Naomi. However, I never ended up in liking and caring for the character. McDonald is a talented actress but, as fellow TV Squadder Catherine Lawson mentioned a few weeks ago, the writers "turned Naomi into a completely unlikable and judgmental character." I don't know about you, but I was actually happy when Naomi's screen time was recently reduced to allow McDonald to be with her family in New York.

If writers can't make a character likable, then the he or she should be written off. Luckily for us and the writers, McDonald asked to be let go from the series.

It is unknown how Naomi will exit but it wouldn't be surprising if she decides to move to another city to take care of the foundation or because of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Another possibility is that she moves to New York to be with Maya, who might attend Columbia. It will be interesting to see how the other characters cope with her departure, since Naomi helped found the practice. And even if she eventually approved of Addison and Sam being together, Naomi's departure will present one less obstacle for them; with her out of the picture, that relationship might take different turns.

The upside to Audra McDonald possibly returning as a guest star means that writers will more than likely have her return when something meaningful happens, like with her daughter or grandchild. This might help make Naomi a tad more likable -- as long as she doesn't judge people instantly upon her return without getting all the facts first.

As you can see, I'm all for Naomi's departure -- are you? Do you think it will help or hurt the show? How do you think she'll depart? Share your two cents in comments below!

'Private Practice' airs on Thursdays at 10PM ET on ABC.

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Fare-the-well Naomi! Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you. She SUCKS. I could get rid of Sam too. In fact, the writers this year have managed to make EVERYONE on that show completely dislikeable except for Charlotte. Good Job. You have 2 episodes before I dump you for good.

May 09 2011 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


I like Audra i am not celebrating her departure, but i won't miss naomi, i mean, she is a very unlikable character for her selfrighteousness and judgemental attitude!

She might be passive agressive with Addison for the addisam thing, but i do not understand the whole "i don't trust you Sam", when she transformed Sam's friendlist into her own dating pool: Duncan, Bryce and Archer. and all he did was saying, we can't be best friend under those conditions... no judgement, no u can't do this or that or i don't trust you...

and yes that Kiss by the way, was once again an illustration of why this show doesn't live up to its potential, making an ensemble of character whose age average is 40+ acting like they're younger than Lexie Grey on Grey's anatomy

March 06 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whatever happened to her storyline with the doctor in a wheelchair? I liked where that was going.

March 01 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay, last week PP jumped the shark when Naomi and Sam kissed at the end of the episode. I mean... I actually threw a dishtowel in the direction of the t.v. How could they pull that crap when .... oy. Haven't we had enough death and disaster? Would love to have a grand time (even with tension) for the rest of the season.

March 01 2011 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Worst character on PP. We need more blond doctor and Judging Amy. And sheldon is interesting too.

March 01 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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