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OTRC: 'Private Practice' to end 6-season run on ABC

Brian Benben, KaDee Strickland, Paul Adelstein, Caterina Scorsone, Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Benjamin Bratt and Amy Brenneman appear in a promotional photo for 'Private Practice.' (Andrew MacPherson)

'Private Practice,' the ABC medical drama starring Kate Walsh, will end its six season run on ABC, creator Shonda Rhimes announced on October 19.

"I'm sad to say that Private Practice's run will end after episode 613 this season," Rhimes wrote on her official website. 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."

Along with the message, Rhimes shared a photo of the cast and crew celebrating the series' 100th episode in August. The show has seen a slight increase in ratings over the past year, but viewership decreased about 40 percent since it debuted in 2007.

"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," Rhimes continued. "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."

"Private Practice," which is a spinoff off of the ABC medical series "Grey's Anatomy," launched in September 2007. The series follows Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, who parted ways with Seattle Grace Hospital and moved to Los Angeles to practice medicine at Seaside Wellness.

Tim Daly left the drama last season and Walsh announced in May that she planned to leave the series after the thirteenth episode of season six.

Walsh has continued to make the occasional cameo on "Grey's Anatomy." The 45-year-old actress has also appeared in films like "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and is currently filming, "Scary Movie 5."

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