Audra McDonald by David Livingston/Getty Images Audra McDonald by David Livingston/Getty Images

Although Private Practice won't return with new episodes for another seven months, Kate Walsh and Audra MacDonald are anxious to report back to the Oceanside Wellness Center as soon as April. And if you ask the two, it's about time. "We're thrilled. We're ready. We're chomping at the bit," an excited McDonald told TV Guide at Thursday night's NAACP Image Awards.

The cast of the ABC hit is not disappointed in the decision to save all new episodes for the new season. Walsh is even relieved. "It would be such a mad rush to try to squeeze in what would probably be just three episodes, so I'd rather start over and relaunch it," she shared. "Hopefully our fans will be loyal and be wanting to tune in again watch it."

Although neither Walsh or McDonald have any idea about future plot lines, McDonald is desperate to find out the outcome of her character's love triangle - as are her relatives. "I'm dying! I want to know who I end up with, Sam or Dell? Some of my aunts want me to end up with Dell. They're like, "We think the little white boy is cute! You should end up with him!" Until the fall, all we can do is wait. - Carita Rizzo

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