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Spin-offs don’t always work. Just ask Jennifer Love Hewitt.

But ABC is hoping that Kate Walsh is different from the aforementioned Party of Five star and her giant boobs.

Indeed, after the success of the May 3 test episode that was part of a two-hour Grey’s Anatomy extravaganza, the network chose to pick up the Walsh-led show currently entitled Private Practice for next season.

Addison Returns!

In addition to Walsh’s Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, the new show stars Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Hector Elizondo, Paul Adelstein, Chris Lowell, Merrin Dungey and Amy Brenneman.

Many true fans of Grey’s Anatomy think this is a worse idea than the recent romantic pairing of George (T.R. Knight) and Izzie (Katherine Heigl). And the staff at The Hollywood Gossip agrees.

We’d prefer to see a spin-off involving Isaiah Washington as the manager of a homosexual boy band led by Lance Bass. But maybe that’s just us.