In another shocker this afternoon by ABC, the popular Castle has been canceled after eight seasons.
The veteran procedural drama starring former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey Buchanan) made some major moves in front of the camera to try to help pick-up for a ninth season including; having to let go of series lead Stana Katic, and original cast member Tamala Jones, who were not asked to come back, and their exits characterized as cost-cutting measures designed to allow for one more season where Castle goes it alone.
ABC Studios has already locked in Fillion, along with Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas for the new season. According to Deadline, “Castle already had a road map for Season 9, drawn by Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter, who joined as showrunners at the beginning of Season 8 and were expected to come back for Season 9. There was a red flag last Friday when ABC did not make a pickup by the deadline it had to make a decision on the show.”
That means that Monday’s May 16th season finale, will actually be the show’s series finale. And in case the worst happened, according to EW, there was another ending to the finale: “If we hear that we’re not coming back, we have shot something that we can put at the end of the episode as a way to put a button on everything,” Co-EP Alexi Hawley said. “Obviously that would be a bad thing, because it would mean no more. We did it in order to try to protect the fans, because you can’t end the series on a cliffhanger.”
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