You could really think of “Private Practice” season 5 in two ways — it is either a new beginning, or the end of a series that has become a fan favorite in the five years that it has been on the air.
So how is Shonda Rhimes approaching it? Thanks to some comments from ABC head Paul Lee, she is not necessarily sitting around and thinking that the end is definitely here. Speaking to TVLine on the set of the show’s 100th episode, Rhimes proclaimed the series may very well go on beyond this season depending on how the ratings fare following the network’s new Tuesday-night comedy lineup.
Rhimes also opened up about one other issue that is surely on the minds of a good many fans at the moment — just how the story for Addison will end given that Kate Walsh plans to leave the series at the end of the season. While there are no plans set in stone just yet, the executive producer is promising that a happy ending is coming:
“The character deserves a happy ending … We’ve watched Addison from the beginning. She started out as one of the most hated characters on Grey’s Anatomy and has grown to be this person that we really love. That character’s journey, I think, deserves a happy ending.”
The talk around “Private Practice” potentially ending this season started when the show was on the bubble up to the 11th hour this past May, and then only given a limited amount of episodes to work with. The show did fare pretty well after “Dancing with the Stars” last spring, but was still among one of the lower-rated dramas on their schedule.
Do you think “Private Practice” should end with Addison’s journey, or is there more of a story to tell in your eyes? We want to hear from you! To find out when this final season of the show is officially set to premiere, be sure and check out our story here.