The Cast of Private Practice Says Farewell After Six Seasons
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After six seasons, 111 episodes, a backdoor pilot and a revolving door of men, Private Practice will go off the air Tuesday at 10/9c on ABC with Addison finally getting her happy ending: She's getting married to someone she loves — and won't cheat on. (Sorry, Derek!)
Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh) is set to wed Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt), and actually will make it down the aisle. There will be no last-minute change-ups, snafus or curveballs as executive producer Shonda Rhimes has liked to throw at Private fans over the years. TVGuide.com was on set for the momentous occasion, where the cast waxed poetic on saying goodbye to the Oceanside Seaside Wellness group we've come to know and love over the years. What's next for Walsh & Co.? Will they cross over to Grey's Anatomy? And what has it been like saying goodbye? Get the scoop:
What is it like to say goodbye?
Kate Walsh: I've gone through so many different emotions and continue to. I'm ready, but I'll miss everybody. It's a huge, huge chapter of my life from Addison all the way in the beginning, coming in that one scene [during Grey's Anatomy's Season 1 finale] to now. It's just nuts the journey I've taken personally and professionally.
Caterina Scorsone (Amelia Shepherd): We all seem to be in a little bit of denial about the end of the show. We only have one episode left, but we're kind of carrying on as though it will continue and continue and continue.
Paul Adelstein (Cooper Freedman): It's sad and nostalgic, but it's time. I think everyone knows it's time, and it feels right. It feels organic, but it's been pretty amazing. It's an amazing group of people to even get in the same room. I'm talking about cast, crew, writers, everybody. So it's sad to say goodbye to all that, but I think the stories have really ended at a natural place, so it all seems right.
Taye Diggs (Sam Bennett): To be honest, I have mixed feelings. I feel like we've had a wonderful opportunity, and what we have has been special and different and unique. I feel very blessed to have worked with such an amazing cast. Then story-wise, I feel like we've, as sad as it will be for a lot of us to leave, I feel like the show has run its course. Personally, I feel like I have gotten a chance to tell some really great stories and it's just time for the next chapter. So it feels right to me.
KaDee Strickland (Charlotte King): It's really interesting because the final table read was just bizarre. I did not know what to expect walking in, and everybody was in great spirits. We have the luxury of knowing it's the end, which a lot of people don't have that. Shonda was able to fully form closure on the show. Benjamin, I remember him sitting there and saying, "No tears. No tears." And I said, "Have you looked at the title?" and he looked down and he was like "Oh sh--." It's "In Which We Say Goodbye," which is interesting because if you look at the first season, that was how we titled all of them, so I thought that was really very lovely on Shonda's end.
Benjamin Bratt: These are folks who have worked together for a lot longer period of time then I have. I've been here a much shorter time and yet, even in the face of that, I've already developed these emotional connections to, not only this wonderful core of actors, but to this amazing crew. It's a fairly unique environment. It really does, as cliché as it sounds, start to feel a little bit like a family. But that said, I also think that certainly the core of actors, we can look forward to seeing each other from time to time. I'm already contemplating a little reunion party at my house at some point, maybe four months from now or something.
Amy Brenneman (Violet Turner): It's like anything in life. When you're in it, you just love each other so much. You don't really think about it, but I thought about like, "Oh that's it for Violet!" Whatever I want to squeeze in there, I have to squeeze it in now.
Audra McDonald (Naomi Bennett): This whole experience was such a big part of my life and so to be able to come back, it's closure for me. I needed closure from Naomi. I have stayed in touch with everybody and it is great to come out play with everybody again. When I left, Shonda and I had always said that if there's a time it would be great to come back, then she would. So we knew that she wasn't gone forever, but we weren't sure how and when it would work out. It's great it's for the finale.
Brian Benben (Sheldon Wallace): I'm going to miss these people. It's been a wonderful group of people. I know a lot of people say that, but it's really true in this case, you know. It's a great cast and a great crew and it's going to be hard not seeing them all the time.
Matt Long (James Peterson): It's this sort of melancholy feeling. We all knew it was coming. It would have been nice if it had continued, for me, because James would have stuck around and would have been a regular character, but it's been a fantastic experience, one of the better experiences I've ever had.