May 12, 16

‘Castle’ Canceled By ABC After 8 Seasons

Another Castle shocker. ABC has canceled veteran crime drama procedural after eight seasons. The May 16 finale will now be a series finale.

The cancelation comes after ABC sibling ABC Studios went through the trouble of maing new deals with star Nathan Fillion as well as co-stars Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas for Season 9. The show dropped a bombshell last month when co-lead Stana Katic was not asked to come back, along with fellow original cast member Tamala Jones.

The move drew big backlash from fans. Still, signs had been pointing to a renewal, possibly for a shortened, 13-episode ninth season at a reduced license fee. 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.

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.

Now, the show will remain about Castle and Beckett til the end, with no Castle 2.0 where Castle flies solo.

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