Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Tyler Perry Makes 1st Foray into Animated Features w/ Release of 'Madea's Tough Love' (Watch Trailer) Tyler Perry Makes 1st Foray into Animated Features w/ Release of 'Madea's Tough Love' (Watch Trailer) Watch: Misty Copeland Series 'I Will What I Want' Directed by Sheldon Candis ('Luv') Watch: Misty Copeland Series 'I Will What I Want' Directed by Sheldon Candis ('Luv') How a Cinematographer Sees the Art of Sound How a Cinematographer Sees the Art of Sound OWN Will Explore One of America's Most Exclusive & Historically Significant African American Beach Communities in 'Sag Harbor' OWN Will Explore One of America's Most Exclusive & Historically Significant African American Beach Communities in 'Sag Harbor' Teaser for 'Jurassic World' (4th Movie in Mega Franchise) Surfaces Teaser for 'Jurassic World' (4th Movie in Mega Franchise) Surfaces Watch Trailer For Controversial Artist Kara Walker’s Film ‘An Audience’ Watch Trailer For Controversial Artist Kara Walker’s Film ‘An Audience’ Watch Trailer for 'Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed Part 2' (A Fan-Made Film) Watch Trailer for 'Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed Part 2' (A Fan-Made Film) Rumorville - This Actor Just May Be in Contention to Play Apocalypse in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Rumorville - This Actor Just May Be in Contention to Play Apocalypse in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Watch Uncomfortable Interview Bill Cosby Gave to AP on Rape Allegations Watch Uncomfortable Interview Bill Cosby Gave to AP on Rape Allegations  Toni Morrison Breaks Down Race as a Social Construct to Stephen Colbert Toni Morrison Breaks Down Race as a Social Construct to Stephen Colbert Review: 'Seasons of Love' Might Be Yet Another Train Wreck of a Ratings Bonanza for Lifetime Review: 'Seasons of Love' Might Be Yet Another Train Wreck of a Ratings Bonanza for Lifetime White People Don't Get It Because They Never Had to White People Don't Get It Because They Never Had to Taraji P. Henson Executive Produces Indie ‘Seasons of Love’ (Appears Alongside Gladys Knight, LeToya Luckett) Taraji P. Henson Executive Produces Indie ‘Seasons of Love’ (Appears Alongside Gladys Knight, LeToya Luckett) Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Audra McDonald Will Return To 'Private Practice' Season Finale (For A Death, Babies, Or A Wedding?)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 27, 2012 at 3:55PM

It was in August when showrunner Shonda Rhimes stated in an interview with TVGuide.com, talking about her medical drama Private Practice, that she would love to feature a musical episode in what is the final season of the ABC medical drama, as she did with Grey's Anatomy last year; and she further admitted that she'd love to "lure back Broadway star Audra McDonald (Naomi) one more time before the series ends."
3
Audra McDonald

It was in August when showrunner Shonda Rhimes stated in an interview with TVGuide.com, talking about her medical drama Private Practice, that she would love to feature a musical episode in what is the final season of the ABC medical drama, as she did with Grey's Anatomy last year; and she further admitted that she'd love to "lure back Broadway star Audra McDonald (Naomi) one more time before the series ends."

Skip ahead 3 months to today's news that Audra McDonald will return for the series finale of the show, which is set to air at the end of January.

McDonald will naturally reprise her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett, a role she departed at the end of season 4, so she could be closer to her New York-based family; she then went on to star in Broadway's revival of Porgy & Bess, for which she won a Tony Award.

Details on what exactly her character's return to Private Practice will involve and could mean for the series aren't yet public info.

Although, for the final season, Rhimes promised "a death, some babies... and there could possibly be a wedding." So there's a chance that Dr Naomi Bennett will be returning for 1, 2 or all of 3 those things. 

Stay tuned...

This article is related to: Audra McDonald, Television, TV News, Shonda Rhimes


Shadow & ActNewsletter