Creator and writer Shonda Rhimes is shutting down Private Practice. After months of speculation, she's confirmed what we already suspected: This current season will be the last.
The writing was on the wall. Earlier this year, ABC decided to renew the show for a 13-episode run instead of a full 20-plus. If that wasn't enough, the show's lead, Kate Walsh, was also being written out.
But don't cry for Rhimes! She still has her hands full with Scandal and Grey's Anatomy. It's hard to believe, though, that Private Practice will end before Grey's considering its a spin-off. Who would have thought?
Friday evening, Rhimes posted a statement online announcing Private Practice's cancellation:
"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.
"It's heartbreaking to end. 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. And we're grateful to all of you for spending time with us for an hour every week for the last 6 years. It's meant the world.
Are you sad to see Private Practice go?
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