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'Private Practice' ending after current 13-episode season


UPI News Service, 10/20/2012 

ABC's "Private Practice" will be calling it quits after its 13-episode, 6th-season run, show creator Shonda Rhimes announced.

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The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, starring Kate Walsh, will have an abbreviated final season because the network opted not to pick up the planned final nine episodes, Rhimes said in a series of tweets.

"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 said. "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."

Viewership for the California-set medical drama dropped off last season when it was moved from its post-"Grey's Anatomy" slot on Thursdays to Tuesdays after "Dancing With the Stars," The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.

"Private Practice" had a first-season average of 11.5 million viewers, which has slipped to 6.1 million this season.



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