The Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice will be ending after its current season, Deadline reports.
ABC decided not to give the medical drama a back nine pickup after putting in a 13-episode order for its sixth season in May. However, the network has decided to give two additional episodes to Grey’s Anatomy, giving the veteran series a 24-episode season. ABC is also giving comedies Modern Family and The Middle two additional episodes and mystery dramedy Castle one additional episode.
Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes recently decided that the spin off had run its course and that it was time to end the series. Rhimes broke the news to the cast and crew Friday and announced the decision to fans on Twitter. Rhimes wrote:
“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.”
Rhimes said it was “heartbreaking” to end the series but that she felt lucky to write for the characters. She also said she was proud that the series went for more than 100 episodes, which is something many shows don’t accomplish.
Series protagonist and central character Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) was already leaving the show after episode 13, so now that episode will be the series finale. Male lead Tim Daly, who played Dr. Pete Wilder, left the series at the end of season five after his character was sent to jail for euthanizing a patient.
Are you sad that Private Practice is ending? Or was it time for the series to end?