October 22nd, 2012
10:29 AM ET
“Private Practice” will soon close up shop for good.
Creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes announced on her website Friday that the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off, which is already several episodes into its sixth season, will be wrapping up this year:
“I'm sad to say that ‘Private Practice’s’ run will end after episode 613 this season,” Rhimes wrote. “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.”
“Practice” launched in 2007, following Kate Walsh’s Addison Montgomery to Los Angeles. Fans might be tiring of the storyline, as this season’s episodes are barely breaking six million viewers, versus the 14 million who tuned in for the pilot five years ago.
In its six seasons, “Private Practice” took as many risks as any of Rhimes’ high-stakes, high-romance workplace soaps: a storyline about a character surviving with and recovering from a rape was a touchstone for season four; and Rhimes’ fondness for resolving her characters’ stories on-screen — by either killing them or packing them off to a better life — was a constant source of enthusiasm and dismay for fans.
Still, the end has been expected for some time, at least since Walsh announced this summer that she would not be returning beyond her 13-episode commitment for this season.
However, Walsh said that she wouldn’t be opposed to stepping back into Addison’s shoes. And now that her “Practice” is closing, it might be time for a return trip to Seattle Grace.
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