It looks like we will know very soon whether ABC’s veteran procedural drama Castle will return for a ninth season. I have learned that the network has until end of day tomorrow, May 6, to make a renewal decision, determining whether the May 16 finale will be branded as a season or series finale and which of the two final scenes shot will make it to air. Regardless, it will be female lead Stana Katic’s last episode on the show.
I hear that star Nathan Fillion has closed a new deal for Season 9. In part to secure that, ABC and ABC Studios opted not to bring back Katic. The move also was driven by budgetary reasons that saw another original cast member, Tamala Jones, exit too. (Co-stars Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas are said to be coming back.) All signs had been pointing to a renewal, possibly for a shortened, 13-episode ninth season at a reduced license fee. “Why would they go through all that trouble and not pick up the show?,” an observer marveled.
Source and more: Deadline
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of Castle Season 9…