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ABC's Private Practice is about to lose one of its angst-ridden physicians -- possibly to jail. The office's alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Pete Wilder (Tim Daly), was last seen under indictment for murder after the mercy killing of one of his patients. And according to a recent tweet from Daly, we won't be seeing his character in season 6.
"Wonderful fans of PPP," tweeted Daly -- who has been on the show since its premiere in 2007 -- on Tuesday. "[Private Practice's exec producer Shonda (Rhimes) informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6. It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder."
Despite Daly's choice of words, it seems less likely that his character would actually die, and more likely that he'll be sent to jail for his crime. However his character exits, the move probably hasn't troubled the actor, who told TV Guide in January that "being part of a large ensemble is not what I'm best suited to. The people are lovely and I've had a wonderful time doing this show, but it's not where I feel most comfortable."
Private Practice isn't the only show that will unload an actor or two as it gears up for next season.
The season finale of Revenge saw the lives of three major characters hanging in the balance. Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Lydia (Amber Valletta) were involved in a plane crash, while Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) had overdosed on oxycodone. "I’ll tell you that there was a death, for sure," Revenge's showrunner Mike Kelley tells TV Line. "There are at least three people in jeopardy, and one that you didn’t know about. There is definitely a major death that occurred last night. You’ll know in the first episode (of season 2) who is gone and why."
Meanwhile, Glee is bound to lose some characters now that the original cast has graduated. Sure, creator Ryan Murphy has told Vulture that all the regulars are coming back, but he also said: "That doesn’t mean everyone will be doing 22 episodes."
Considering this tweet that Amber Riley sent out a few weeks' back, it seems likely that we won't be seeing much of her character Mercedes next season: "That's a wrap on Amber Riley! Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I've known day in and day out for three years. I'm going to miss the whole Glee family, seeing them everyday! I have so many brothers and sisters now :) But I am looking forward to a much needed and deserved summer vacation! SCHOOL'S OUT Glee Kids! Let's play!"
Was this a slip-up on Riley's part, or was she just being unclear about her feelings of end-of-the-school-year closure? Murphy quickly tried to clarify her statement in the Vulture story. "I think she was talking about a bittersweet feeling of, 'I’ll never be in the choir room with that exact group of people.' At least that’s what she told me."
And of course there's also the plane crash that closed out season 8 of Grey's Anatomy, which was an ongoing disaster at episode's end. It's possible that yet another doc (besides Lexie) will die before the ordeal is over, and Jessica Capshaw's character, Arizona, was in pretty bad shape.
Which actors will receive a pink slip this summer? At the moment, that's for their bosses to decide.