ABC’s ‘Private Practice’ To End Run With 13-Episode Sixth Season, Other Returning ABC Series Get Orders For More Episodes

ABC is closing its Private Practice. The medical drama will end its run this season when it completes the 13-episode order it received in May as ABC has opted not to give it a back 9 pickup. Meanwhile, ABC has given additional episode orders to the series that spawned Private Practice, veteran Grey’s Anatomy (two episodes for a 24-episode order), as well as established comedies Modern Family and The Middle (two episodes each) and mystery dramedy Castle (one episode).

I hear ABC brass and Grey’s and Private Practice creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes recently came to the conclusion that the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff had run its course, and it was time for it to end after five-and-a-half seasons. The final cancellation decision was made this afternoon, and Rhimes just broke the news to the Private Practice cast and crew. (Read Rhimes’ Twitter note to fans below) The decision would enable the series to end by wrapping the storyline of its central character Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). Private Practice was facing the pending departure of Walsh, who is leaving after Episode 13, which will now be Private Practice’s series finale. Private Practice, which started off as a two-hour planted spinoff episode of Grey’s Anatomy, was built around Walsh’s character on Grey’s. Tim Daly, Private Practice‘s original male lead, left at the end of last season when his option was not picked up. (more…)

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