"Private Practice" creator Shonda Rhimes is a notorious spoiler-phobe, but with a busload of reporters visiting the set Tuesday, she did let loose with a little bit of scoop on the upcoming season.
"Grey's Anatomy" star Chandra Wilson will cross over to "Private Practice" in the season's third episode, Rhimes said during the set visit. Miranda Bailey will travel to L.A. to visit her former colleague Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) and perform a "very interesting" medical procedure, Rhimes says.
Bailey being Bailey, she'll also not be shy about sharing her opinions about the goings-on at Oceanside Wellness, Rhimes adds.
Wilson won't be the only familiar face popping up on "Private Practice" early in the season. ABC also confirms that "Party Down" star Ken Marino (who was on set Tuesday, clad in a hospital gown) and former "ER" actress Kellie Martin will also guest in the first batch of episodes.
The crossover will continue the relatively free movement of characters between "Grey's" and its spinoff. Walsh has appeared on several episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" the past couple seasons, and last spring Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd guested on "Practice."
The new season will pick up only a few minutes after last season's finale, which ended with off-her-meds patient Katie (Amanda Foreman) injecting Violet (Amy Brenneman) with a paralyzing drug and about to steal her baby. The season premiere will deal with the immediate aftermath, while episode two will jump ahead a few weeks, Brenneman says.
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