September 26, 2007 12:00 AM

Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes chats in the Los Angeles Times today about how she hopes GA fans who balked at last season’s spinoff episode that introduced PP will give the series, which premieres tonight (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), another shot.

In fact, says Rhimes, last season’s episode, in which Kate Walsh‘s Addison headed to sunny California to visit med school pals, wasn’t meant to serve as the new series’ pilot.

“I always bristle when say it was a pilot,” Rhimes says. “I’m like, ‘No, it was an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I feel like no one’s ever seen Private Practice. They will.” And if fans are still unhappy with Addison’s new surroundings after the show’s premiere, there’s a great place to share their reviews: greyswriters.com, where Rhimes and her fellow show scribes blog about the episodes they pen. Rhimes says she reads every message fans post at the Web site.

“I don’t want to say that I take what the say and directly apply it to the show,” she said. “But I do read everything and take it in. You know what I mean?”

Walsh, by the way, also chatted about Private Practice with The View hosts on Wednesday, saying Rhimes and the rest of the writers will “keep it real” with Addison’s storylines, especially when it comes to potential romance with her Oceanside Wellness Group co-workers like Taye Diggs and Tim Daly.

“When somebody just picks up and moves their entire life, they may have a little fling to get the party started, but they’re not going to get into a real intense relationship,” Walsh says. “I don’t think. So I think you’re gonna see Addison kinda struggling and dating and living in a city with a new job, new environment, new co-workers . . . going through a real transition.” –Kimberly Potts

So … is Private Practice already on your must-TiVo list? Tell us!

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