‘Private Practice’ is shutting its doors
October 22nd, 2012
10:29 AM ET

‘Private Practice’ is shutting its doors

“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.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. the bad spelling is a salute to me folks...

    i still got voted by parents who feel i am a good example to teens and i don't even have kids...enjoy the 24th.

    December 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ranch Girl

    No wonerd they are closing all the neg. stuff plus what was all the charlotte dancing while pregnant about !! Yikes !
    We need mor love & romance laughs life's to complicated and full of bad news as it is give us CAKE !!

    December 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Art imitates life.
    Private medical practices are closing or selling.

    November 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. nancy troppolino

    Best show on tv! Better than Grey's and I think you guys are crazy to cancel.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • H M Hardy

      Totally agree......a missing Addy will NOT be missed......all the charactors a great.......the storyline is what will be missed........leave the show on.......let Addy go

      November 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steinbecke

    BOO, seriously so much better than Greys.....I don't watch just for Addison any longer it is about everyone!!! Bring everyone to Greys!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • H M Hardy

      what a wonderful idea !!!!!! take this show and add it to Grays.......wow

      November 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Diana

    Although I liked Addison she was not the reason I watched. Coup and Charlotte Private Practice, create a show for them.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Danielle Lindquist

    I loved this show and for those of you that say Grey's should be canceled, you are freaking insane. I LOVE the show and having Addison return to Seattle and maybe having Sam's character work in Seattle too could be a whole new storyline. Don't listen to the weirdos who say cancel Grey's I would cry!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cara

    GREYS should be cancelled! its been too long... 9 seasons too long!!!!! Private practice deserved AT LEAST a whole 6th season! Grey's used to be good and now it's like beating a dead horse. It's gotta end. That's the show Shonda should have cancelled!

    October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Monica Thomas

    So SAD to Hear!!! Absolutely Love this Show!! Why??? So many People I know Love it! please keep it on!! It's Too Good to let go!!

    October 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. and your still here

    aren't you

    October 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. seriously

    First, I thought this show had already been cancelled.... and since it hadn't been, IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

    October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leslie

    Love that show..sad to see it leave 😦

    October 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 3 way

    lets hope the show is gone...that will be my happy ending.

    October 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. barb

    The Network is the cause of this demise. Playing games with the time and date the show airs – how do you follow when you can't find it. Last year, Thurs and then Wed night. This year I finally find it on Tuesday! I do hope, since it is the last season, that we have some "happy endings" for these characters.

    October 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FATWHALE(u)

    sums it up

    October 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

    tell everyone what a bad cast of people they are...they are digusting and we do not approve of them

    October 23, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  17. we don't want to rev

    up a cubano actor–just sayin!

    October 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  18. Other then 1 or 2 actors

    the cast basically stunk on this show.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  19. Unx

    hub actor is a partner at the coca cola...this ain't no pushover like you think i am.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. Unks

    they will go to unx on you - not him...we have latino actors involved now and this is huge. so my advise to you
    race card girl is to just be quiet-just make sure its disconnected..thats the first question the cuban hubster
    asked me was ....HOW....

    October 23, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  21. Tricia


    October 23, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  22. UNKS

    flat show flat cast

    October 23, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  23. Sella Brenda Fonna

    a cuban man and her husband do–RING!

    October 23, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  24. hannah1

    We got tired of the story line when it became all about how many men Addison could sleep with, and how messed up the doctors are. Gag. Good riddance.

    October 23, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  25. John

    People who don't even know you exist.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  26. Tommy Lee Halen

    i could see her going back to the show. why not. free ice cream, pizza an cellphones included.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  27. A

    Kate Walsh said she wouldn't be opposed to another guest appearance on Grey's should Shonda need her, but I don't see her going back as a regular. Otherwise she wouldn't be exiting her own show.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kelz

    I would love to see Kate make a return to Greys!!!! Please

    October 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mo

    Blame it on Benjamin Bratt, his track record isn't very good.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Barb

    Maybe they should've stopped switching the nights.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Sunny

    I hate Greys and do not think Kate Walsh should rehash that mess. Love Private Practice, especially Kaydee!!! what a great character, she could carry her own show.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • hannah1

      I hate a lot of things that are on TV, so I simply don't watch them. Have you tried that?

      October 23, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  32. the showis over

    the actors are not

    October 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ghostlight

    This ending comes about six seasons too late.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Daniell

    It would be great to integrate some into Greys! I will miss the show...I loved the story line 😦

    October 22, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • hannah1

      This started out OK, but degenerated into a nighttime soap, mostly about bed-hopping. Glad it's going off.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  35. Miley

    will be disturbing everyone while they are out–with the stupid comments

    October 22, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  36. Lee

    actress does not do much all day long other then this...keep systems shut down at night..

    October 22, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jenn

    Who are all those people? There sure is a lot of them.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

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