‘Private Practice’ series finale: Other TV shows that ended with a wedding

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Dr. Addison Montgomery is ending her six-year reign on "Private Practice" with an "I do," and this time it looks like it's for keeps. The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff is set to pull off its series finale wedding without a hitch (don't expect McDreamy to get all nostalgic and show up to stop the nuptials), so it looks like the long-suffering Addison will finally find her happy ending. As a bonus, her BFF Naomi (Audra McDonald) will be in the house.

"Private Practice" star Kate Walsh told TV Guide, "I always like a good tragedy, but I also feel like the fans have been with us so long, and Addison's been through so much torture and angst and suffering that I think it's really beautiful to send her off this way."

Benjamin Bratt, who plays her soon-to-be-TV hubby, Jake Reilly, added, "I don't think it'll be a surprise to anyone how the final episode ends. It's very sweet. It's a union that has been well earned. Fans of Addison Montgomery, they'll finally be happy for her."

Sounds like it's time to bust out the confetti and cue up the registry!

Meanwhile, as we say goodbye to "Private Practice," Seaside Wellness, and Charlotte and Cooper's triplets (girls, we hardly knew ye!), it's time to reminisce about other TV series' that ended with a wedding.

"Happy Days"

This series famously "jumped the shark" in Season 5, but somehow "Happy Days" managed to go on for 11 seasons. Good thing, or we would have never been able to witness the wedding of Joanie and Chachi in the 1984 series finale. Big bro Richie (Ron Howard, who left the show in 1980) even returned for Shortcake's nuptials, which served as a segue to the spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi." While Joanie was the belle of the ball, it was proud papa Howard who stole the show -- and our hearts -- when he delivered a champagne toast and looked directly into the camera to say: ''Thank you all for being part of our family -- to happy days.''

"Gossip Girl"

Who cares about the identity of "Gossip Girl"? (It's a boy!) The 2012 series finale of the CW drama about privileged Upper Eastsiders got down to more important business when it featured two weddings. First, Chuck and Blair (played by Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester) got hitched in a quickie Central Park wedding, and later in the episode (flash forward five years), Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) tied the knot. Speaking of Dan, just call him Gossip Groom!


How about "Wedding, Interrupted"? Ten seasons of the fantasy drama "Smallville" ended in 2011 with the start of the wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane (Tom Welling and Eric a Durance). Too bad the ceremony was interrupted by a wedding band of gold kryptonite that had the potential to obliterate Clark's superpowers forever. Clark refused to surrender to the darkness and got hurled out a church window, so suffice it to say this wedding was put on hold. Check out the romantic vows that culminated into ka-pows, here.

The "Private Practice" series finale airs on Jan. 22 at 10 PM ET on ABC.

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