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Private Practice Cans Tim Daly

PRIVATE PRACTICE - "Are You My Mother?" -- Cooper struggles with whether or not to punish Mason after he catches him stealing; Pete and Violet find it hard to split time with Lucas now that they're living apart; Addison makes changes in her home life to prepare for a potential new baby; Violet and Jake work with two women and a man involved in a polyamorous triad; meanwhile Amelia returns to the practice and realizes how badly she hurt Sheldon when she was abusing drugs, on "Private Practice," THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KAREN NEAL)

Tim Daly is done at Private Practice, he announced on Twitter. "Shonda [Rhimes] informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6," he wrote. At the end of season five, Pete was mired in criminal proceedings after helping a patient die, and it's not clear yet how that story line will get wrapped up: Jail? Fleeing the country? Death? Disappearance with nary a mention ever, à la Mandy after the first season of West Wing? All of these options are on the table.

Photo: Karen Neal/ABC