ABC’s long running medical drama ‘Private Practice’ is set to end some time in early 2013 after the 13th episode of the latest season.

The show’s star Kate Walsh had already indicated this summer that she was walking away from the show and as a result this news comes as no surprise as there was little likelihood of the drama continuing after her departure. Private Practice was originally a spin off of Grey’s Anatomy and executive producer, Shonda 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 it;s 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!”

ABC insist there well be heavy marketing for the final episode to make sure that the show goes out with a bang!