"Private Practice" Announces Current Season Will Be the Last

Posted Saturday October 20, 2012 9:25 PM GMT

After the departure of Tim Daly in May, and Kate Walsh announcing that the sixth season would be her last, "Private Practice" has decided to close up shop at the end of the current season.

Show creator Shonda Rimes announced the decision on Friday (October 19) via her Whosay account, stating, "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."

She expressed her bittersweet feelings about the ending, adding, "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 ABC series premiered back in September 2007, as a spin-off of the hit ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."