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Audra McDonald splits 'Private Practice'

Sometimes you can cheer cast departures and this is one of those times: Audra McDonald will leave "Private Practice" at the end of the season, to be closer to her family back in New York. Why cheer? Because I would bet that most viewers of "Practice" don't realize that Dr. Naomi Watts is in real life one of the great voices of Broadway who's won (I believe) three or maybe even four Tonys. I always thought this TV gig was beneath her - one of those take-the-money-and-run jobs that don't even begin to tap into one's considerable talents. Sure, she was fine on the show, but still . . . Hopefully back on the Great White Way, soon.

Here's a clip with Patti LuPone.



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