Private Practice Will End After This Shortened Sixth Season

Well, Shonda Rhimes will soon have a little more time to work on one of her bazillion other shows. Rhimes announced today that her Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice will call it a series after the current season, the show's sixth. The news isn't that surprising, as star Kate Walsh already declared that she wouldn't return for a seventh season if the show were renewed for one, and, well, it just didn't have the same success as the show from whence it came.

Rhimes took to the interwebs to make the announcement, calling the decision "heartbreaking." But she also said the current season has reached "a creative renaissance" and that ABC, the studio, and she all decided the show "was reaching its finish line," which is kind of confusing. Here's the statement in its entirety:


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.

Thank you.


The sixth and final season of Private Practice is currently on its third episode and will end with its thirteenth. Grey's Anatomy, meanwhile, is still going strong and was just extended by a couple of episodes, as were both Modern Family and The Middle. Castle recieved an extension of one episode.


Will you miss Private Practice?

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No probably not. I'm watching it on Netflix right now cause I just finished watching Grey's Anatomy (so Netflix keeps pushing Private Practice on me). It isn't horrible but it doesn't have me glued to my laptop. I'll do chores while it's on and walk in and out of the room.
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It still got me hooked, but I do agree the best of it as come and gone, so yeah, I agree it is time for an end. A proper one =)
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This show was absolutely fantastic the first few seasons, but now... I don't know what happened, it just dropped and became the worst thing ever seen on television. They kill off every single good character and make everything into a freaking tragedy. And this season has to be the worst yet. I couldn't even finish the first episode, it was just so ridiculous.
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ya know what? i think you are right, i think it was just plain stupid to fire him after his contract ended. once it was announced that Kate Walsh was going to leave he should have been allowed to come back for those 13 episodes. even if he on screen had a heart attack that's still him being on the show. it's just plain stupid i'm sorry
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I'm sure Tim Daly is LOLling at this, and at the 'family of crew and cast who have bonded' ...
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well i've loved the show since it started i also love grey's A. as well. yes it's did things i thought were stupid but both shows have done that. and it's ending cause like you said kate walsh quit the show but at least she was open to finish the show.



she eve said she wants some time off to do other things. the character is one she's been doing for 7 years now. if you recall she was on the last episode i believe of 'grey's in season 1. that was the cliff-hanger in that one. she did say she was open to go back to grey's. and i can't really be mad at her cause she's at least honest with how she feels.



and i have no problem with the show ending with her. cause the show is pretty much centered around her. like grey's is centered around meredith.



them keeping it on the air without the lead doesnt' always work. on the x-files i think it did but those seasons are seasons that some love and some hate. it never had the kind of drama that PP has. and the baby obession was there even on grey's. and yes i also hope they take some of the cast and bring them over to greys as well
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If they're cancelling the show because Kate Walsh wants to quit; they sghould have given it a chance to see if it can go on without her just like Northen Exposure when Rob Morrow left and brought in Paul Provenza though the show ended shortly after he joined the show but they tried. Some people wish she would return to Grey's but I think she wants to get some time off. But I hope Shonda Rhimes considers bringing some of the P.P. cast to Grey's. They could use some new people after the departure of Lexi and Mark. Maybe Amelia. And if P.P. does end, I wish she would bring Addison and Sam back together.
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It's cancelled because the ratings are awful. I hope they bring Amelia to Grey's too. She would be a good fit, being Derek's sister and all.
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You are not alone, I love it too. Sad to see it go
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Personally, and it seems to me based on the comments below that I stand pretty much alone in this, but I enjoy Private Practice alot. I am a fan of Grey's Anatomy and have been since the beginning. It wasn't until this last year that I started watching Privae Practice, starting at square one. Dare I say that I enjoy Private Practice even a little more than I do Greys? I love how much ou see of the characters personal live- outsie of the hospital/clinic. I will definitely miss this show!
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Year after year I've hoped this waste of a show would be cancelled so Kate could return to Grey's where she is truly awesome and her acting talents are fully appreciated! PP had a terrible writing crew for some reason. All the baby-obsession sickened me. Couldn't stand that show!
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I couldn't get into PP, but I still enjoy GA. Kate should come back to GA.
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You know what though? I don't think she will. That fact that she quit tells me she's done playing the role of Addison Montgomery, which means she probably won't come to GA and we won't get to see Jake, who I love. The man is hot, hot, hot!
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Yes, I will definitely miss Private Practice
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Private Practice is now CANCELLED. Agree? Disagree? It doesn't matter what you think because most of the time, these Networks won't hear it. They see you as a statistic, not a Viewer. Despite that, Viewers SHOULD have better input on what truly deserves a place on Television. Otherwise, we end up with shows like CSI: Miami and Harry's Law being replaced with Reality TV that has us scratching our heads. After all, these Networks wouldn't be in business without YOU.



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But... CSI Miami and Harry's Law both lived on beyond the point they should have been cancelled (can't say about Private Practice, as I never watched it.)
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Its formula ran out of steam pretty quickly.

A story: Step 1: Pick a nonissue that has been decided by law or science or general consensus for years or decades or just plain has an obvious rational answer. Step 2: Get on the wrong side of that issue.

B story: Have a doctor get all angsty about sleeping with another doctor.

It is time for it to go.
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Stopped watching it a while ago. One big snoozefest.
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This is what happen when everybody in PP haves already sleep with everybody.. the show ends up for good.
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i know right? just cause you fire someone or they choose to leave someone doesn't mean you have to go and kill them off! who knows maybe they could have returned one day even if it was just for a short stint ya know?
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I agree with you in 100%. I can understand killing characters in the shows like The Vampire Diaries or The Walking Dead - it makes sense. Death is a part of these series.



However killing main characters in each season (I'm talking about both Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice here) of a medical drama is just absurd.
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How many characters did ER kill off in its 15 years?
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M*A*S*H was also a medical show, though not a drama, and they killed off Lt. Col Henry Blake. China Beach, on the other hand, tended to kill of guest stars rather than regulars.
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I think one of the biggest difference between ER and GA / PP in terms of 'killing' their main characters is that ER did it with a lot more emotion (remember Greene? I cried for the entire episode) whereas GA (possibly with the exception of Sloan) is more like a wham bam lets die maam. Lexie got killed in like 5 mins of show time and Pete was only mentioned via phone...
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George's death was quite sad, but he got such dismissable plots that season that it was hard to still remember him being one of the main characters. 'Sides he was covered with so much make up that it could well be anyone on that table. Sometimes I felt that SR didn't respect the characters like we respected them :).
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I thought George's death was done well. It had a shock to it because it was so unexpected.



I thought Greene's death was over-the-top. Not a lot, but yeah.
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The death scenes of Pratt and Green were probably the most touching and sad moments I've ever seen on TV. In each of these times I cried long after the end of closing credits. When death is not a rare thing in a show and characters die like flies (think GA) people stop caring.
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Doctors? Six. Did any other main characters die on ER?
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Romano, Lucy, Pratt, Gallant and Green - that's five. Gant was a more a guest star then a regular - so he doesn't really count.
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I can't stand Shonda Rhimes. She was willing to kill off her whole cast of Grey's if the actors didn't renew their contract. Whoever didn't renew, would have died in the plane crash, when they could have been easily written off another way. When main characters are killed off shows there needs to be a real purpose.
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Lost killed off a couple of characters after the plane crash, because they got in DUI trouble.
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Everything ends someday. To be honest I'm not sure I would watch "Private Practice" without Kate Walsh. I love Kadee Strickland and I hope her next show will be great, but I don't think her character would pull the series on her own.



Let's hope crazy Shonda Rhimes won't kill anyone else before the curtain falls.
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About time, I lost intrest in this show long ago, but then again I am so sick of Grey's Anatomy too, but I seem to be the only one.... mmm...
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You aren't the only one!
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oh i've loved this show. but i am not surprised it got cancelled and not cause i thought it got bad cause i still think it's good. but cause kate walsh is leaving it. the whole point of the show is it's her journey. not anyone else's and it would have felt false and been false had it stayed on the air after she left it. i guess Shondra rhimes realized that too.
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Happy Days ran for a couple of seasons after Richie Cunningham joined his brother Chuck. ER and Law & Order kept running after turning over the entire cast.
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They had completely ran dry on ideas after Season 3 and the character development was atrocious, Addison became clingy and indecisive (certainly not the same confident woman we saw in GA), Peter was selfish, destructive and angry ALL the time, Violet became a poor portrayal of a woman who seem to think sex was more important than having a decent relationship, Sam was childish, indecisive and selfish.. omg the list just kept on continue.. perhaps the only character I will miss was Sheldon, whom, although has a very weak story arc actually was a consistent character.



I sincerely wish they would move Addison back to GA, she was so much more attractive and edgy there.



Well, anyhoo, that said, I am not going to miss this show, but lets hope Shonda will make another cutting edge TV show like Grey's now that she has some spare time :)



p/s totally out of place but Episode 3 of Grey's was amazing :) love it!
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Not going to miss it at all. It should've been cancelled 3 seasons ago.
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I won't miss it, it was only good for one or two seasons.. then it became only about arguing and sex
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It was never any good. You can't help compairing with Greys anatomy and the characters in Private Practice were all a bunch of spoiled self-centered children.
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It's about time . . .
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I hate how they say "ending", no it was basically cancelled. The ratings were bad, even if KW would have stayed it wouldn't have been given a full season.
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First of all, I'm shocked. Or I called it a few weeks ago in one of these comment sections, coz duh. One of those things.

Second, I don't think Shonda Rhimes knows what the word renaissance means. It means a creative revival. If that were true, they could go another 6 seasons.
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I remember that you did. Kudos.
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So not only are they ending it "after this season", they're not getting a full season? This is good news to me, since it should make it slightly more likely that Last Resort will get a full season.
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The problem is, Last Resort doesn't make sense if you missed the pilot, so whatever viewers it has now is probably the number of viewers it has later. It's an awesome show, my clear favorite by a considerable margin of this years' crop, but it it got timeslotted as a sacrificial lamb.
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