‘Private Practice’ to end early next year

Series will say goodbye after 13th episode of current season

The end is officially in sight for “Private Practice.”

ABC’s medical drama will sign off after the 13th episode of the current season. Net didn’t have a specific date set, but it is likely to be in January or February.

News isn’t surprising, considering star Kate Walsh had announced in June that she was walking away from the series after the 13 episodes. It would have been highly unlikely for the series to go forward after she left.

The Shonda Rhimes exec produced series was created as a spinoff to “Grey’s Anatomy” and launched in 2007. Besides Walsh, the ABC Studios-produced skein also starred Taye Diggs, Benjamin Bratt and KaDee Strickland.

In a link to her tweet in announcing the end of the series Friday evening, Rhimes said: “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.

“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. 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. We’re grateful to all of you for spending time with us for an hour every week for the last six years. It’s meant the world.”

ABC said they would do a healthy marketing campaign to drum up support for the final episode.