Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes tells me that with series star Kate Walsh committed to exiting the series after just 13 more episodes, she is going for broke. "The writers and I have approached this season as a no-holds-barred, all bets off season," she says. Yet that 13th episode isn't necessarily being planned as the series finale. Rather, Rhimes tells me, "I've been asked by [Disney] and [ABC] to come up with ideas. I've been percolating on this for a while and my thing is this: if I come up with something that I am excited and thrilled about and feels really creative and right, then that's how we're going to go."
And if she doesn't? "I don't want to continue to just continue," says Rhimes, who also runs Grey's Anatomy and Scandal while developing other shows for her Shondaland production company. "I'm busy. I have other jobs. I want to continue only if we have something exciting to write."
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