'Private Practice': Amy Brenneman dishes on Pete's death and the possible final season

Even "Private Practice" star Amy Brenneman needed to be reminded that just because her onscreen husband, Pete (Tim Daly), is dead, doesn't mean Daly is too. Brenneman tells the ladies of "The View" that Daly reminded her of that fact when she texted him after the "Private Practice" Season 6 premiere. "I texted Tim and I said 'America is grieving your death,'" she admits, "and he said 'Pete is dead. I am alive!'"PHOTOS: What to expect from Fall TV's returning showsBut just because Pete is dead doesn't mean she worries about the fate of her character. "I'm not really [worried], because then Lucas, our TV son, would be an orphan, and that seems too sad."Brenneman is, however, curious about the fate of the show in general. Kate Walsh is definitely leaving after the first 13 episodes, but the show may or may not stick around after that. It depends on "how well we do...

Shonda Rhimes on Private Practice's Big Death

Spoiler alert! If you haven't watched last night's Private Practice , stop reading now, as this story addresses the death of a major character. It was no secret that Tim Daly was leaving ABC's Private Practice . Over the summer, the disgruntled actor expressed his obvious disappointment about his dismissal through tweets to his followers. Still, some fans were holding out hope that creator Shonda Rhimes might send his character, Dr. Pete Wilder, off into the sunset just as she did when Audra McDonald (Naomi) elected to return to Broadway at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Instead, Rhimes chose the same fate she crafted for Chris Lowell's Dell in 2010. Here's why....

Private Practice Premiere Reaction: Now What?

SPOILER ALERT : Stop reading now if you have not yet watched last night's Private Practice Season 6 premiere . On an episode aptly titled "Aftershock," our favorite physicians were stunned to learn that Tim Daly's Pete did not jump bail. He died of a heart attack. How will this major development affect everyone at Seaside Wellness going forward? TV Guide spoke with the cast and offered up the following tidbits and spoilers from each character's point of view: Coop will be there for Charlotte , teased Paul Adelstein: "Especially in the first couple of episodes you see the intensity of that relationship, the intensity of her need with Lucas and her existential worry about what's going to happen, if something happens to her or Lucas, she's obviously rocked." Charlotte will experience guilt , says KaDee Strickland: "She takes it really hard. There is an element of this that inherently feels like it's somehow her fault. He was there so much for her. He was her knight in shining armor when she was raped." According to Caterina Scorsone, Amelia will take charge in a way: "Because Amelia has been through so much death and so much grieving, she's a bit of an authority in how it feels, and so she is trying to make sure Violet has as much support as she possibly can, so Amelia takes on that responsibility." What did you think of Pete's death and the way the Private Practice premiere was structured overall?

Private Practice Season 6 Preview

When we last saw the doctors of Seaside Wellness, Pete was dealing with the legal repercussions of his mercy killing of a patient, Mason decided to call Charlotte ‘Momma,’ Amelia had her baby – and donated his organs – and Sam spontaneously proposed to Addison while she was waiting for Jake. Season 5 surely tried each of these characters in a way that only a Shonda Rhimes drama can.  But, come the season 6 premiere, a bit of time has passed for the doctors, and we’re going to find out just where all the up-in-the-air stories have taken everyone. So, what’s coming up?

'Private Practice' Cast Teases New Season of Anything Goes

"We're playing almost as if we're doing it as a bunch of little movies vs. a template that you follow," showrunner Shonda Rhimes tells THR. "You see some surprising things from our characters and you see our characters in ways you haven't seen them before."

Fall 2012: Private Practice Season 6 Premiere “Aftershock”

Private Practice  “Aftershock” Season 6 episode 1 airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network . Episode Synopsis:  Addison settles into her new life after making a decision between Jake and Sam; Violet fears the worst when Pete doesn’t show up to his preliminary  court hearing; and Charlotte swears Cooper to secrecy when she receives shocking news. Meanwhile, Amelia celebrates one year of sobriety and Sheldon rekindles a romance with his ex-wife, on the sixth-season premiere of “Private Practice,” TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/COLLEEN HAYES) KATE WALSH. Read More...  

Private Practice Sneak Peek: Where's Pete?

Tim Daly may not be returning to Private Practice , but the status of his character will weigh heavily on the minds of his colleagues when this ABC drama returns on September 25. That's what happens when you get led off in handcuffs for the "murder" of a patient. What is going on with Pete? How is Violet reacting to the development? Watch the following clip from next week's "Aftershock" and get your first look at what's to come:

VIDEO: How Will Pete Leave Private Practice?

Get ready to say farewell to Pete Wilder. When Private Practice returns, Pete will finally be on trial for the mercy killing of one of his patients — but considering Tim Daly won't actually be returning for the sixth season of the ABC medical drama, there are a few options for how Pete will say his farewell.