After six seasons, Kate Walsh’s series “Private Practice” is shutting down.
ABC, which originally spun off the medical series from “Grey’s Anatomy,” has decided that the show will wrap up for good following its original 13-episode order from the network this season.
Series producer Shonda Rhimes broke the news on her blog, writing, “I’m sad to say that Private Practice’s run will end after episode 613 this season. There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that ‘Private Practice’ was reaching its finish line. Creatively, we are all extremely proud of the show and especially proud of this season — which you will all soon discover is a creative renaissance. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
She goes on to note that breaking up the cast and crew will be like leaving family.
“It’s heartbreaking to end,” she said. “Truly. I feel so lucky to write for these characters and tell these stories and I truly feel this show has taught me so much as a writer. And there’s a family here, of crew and cast, people who have bonded over these past five and a half seasons. It’s rare for a show to go for more than 100 episodes and we are incredibly proud to have been such a show.”
Walsh had already announced that she would be leaving anyway, but the news now lets the rest of the cast move forward and, hopefully, find a new gig sooner rather than later.