Michael Ausiello
August 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Here’s the big takeaway from today’s Private Practice set visit at press tour (as per several eyewitnesses): Exec producer Shonda Rhimes announced that Chandra Wilson’s pulling double duty!

The Grey’s Anatomy Emmy nominee will cross over to sister show Private Practice early into season 6 (episode 3, specifically) when Bailey visits Oceanside Wellness. I’m told the crackling chemistry between Bailey and Sam (Taye Diggs) that was on display during previous crossovers will once again get some play during this latest visit.

Rhimes is keeping Wilson very busy this season. As I previously announced, Wilson will step behind the cameras later this fall and direct her first episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Sounds like someone’s going to be putting in quite a few 17-hour days. What do you want to bet she doesn’t complain about a single one of ’em? I’m in for $100.

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