Actress Audra McDonald to Return to ‘Private Practice’

Audra McDonald

The ABC medical drama Private Practice will be coming to a close early next year, but before the show ends a familiar face will be coming back for a visit.

Actress Audra McDonald will reprise her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett in the series finale, which is slated to air at the end of January.

Dr. Bennett is the best friend of Dr. Addison Montgomery (led actress Kate Walsh) and the former wife of Sam (Taye Diggs), who left Seaside Wellness at the end of season 4 (in other words two seasons ago); but she will be back to…well…the details about Naomi’s return is being kept under wraps for now, but fans will assuredly be looking forward to a great storyline to draw her back to the West Coast.

McDonald left ‘Private Practice’, heading back to New York to be closer to her family and throughout most of this year she has had the female lead in the Broadway play ‘Porgy and Bess’ for which she won a number of awards, including a Tony for leading actress in a musical as well as a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actress [among others].

The next new episode of ‘Private Practice’ is set to air on Tuesday, December 4 at 10/9c on ABC. [Source: TV Guide]