Private Practice Baby Talk From Shonda Rhimes

Months prior to TVLine’s recent launch, I apparently made some sort of vague-ish promise, via Twitter, to find out for Private Practice‘s AddiSam fans if their favorite couple would be on the baby track anytime soon.

Did I write that? Who knows? Sometimes I get really hopped up on peanut butter M&Ms and Coke Zero, and Tweet away in a semi-conscious haze.

Whatever the case… while speaking on Monday with Jenna Bans, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes about their newest ABC medical drama, Off The Map (premiering Wednesday at 10/9c), I made certain to ask Rhimes if Addison (Kate Walsh) and Sam (Taye Diggs) might be starting a family anytime soon. Her response?

“I love the AddiSam fans to death,” Rhimes answered with an affectionate smile, “but there is no baby [for them] this year.”

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Why no wee one? Simply (and rather logically) said, this pairing is far too new to head down that path.

“Addison and Sam have just started dating, so I think it would be tremendously strange to throw them right into having a baby,” Rhimes said. “They just got together!”

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The good news for AddiSam superfans? As those who read my exclusive casting story the other day may have surmised, Addison will be facing a very difficult time come February sweeps. And Sam will be there for his lady… as much as she will allow him to be.

What do you say, AddiSam fans? Can you understand Shonda’s reasoning? Are you content, for the time being, to have your couple be together?

ABC’s Private Practice airs Thursdays at 10/9c.