Rhimes said the show's current season will be its last, and it will have 13 episodes. She made her announcement on her website on Friday, saying "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."
She continued, "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."
"Private Practice," which is a spinoff off of the ABC medical series "Grey's Anatomy," launched in September 2007. The show follows Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, who parted ways with Seattle Grace Hospital and moved to Los Angeles to practice medicine.