Fans of Castle are getting some good news. ABC is ordering two additional episodes of the Monday night drama. Can fans finally relax?
Castle revolves around an egotistical novelist, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), who teams up with police detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) to solve crimes in the Big Apple. The drama also features Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, and Seamus Dever.
Last spring, ABC showed some faith in Castle and renewed the series for a second year. This season, the show got off to a sluggish start but, even without the benefit of the Dancing with the Stars lead-in, has been gaining steam in recent weeks. On Monday, Castle hit season highs in both the coveted 18-49 demo (3.0 rating) and in total viewers (10.55 million).
If the ratings keep going in this direction, the show will certainly be renewed for a third year. It’s chances look even better once you consider all of the ABC shows that are either doing far worse (Better Off Ted, Scrubs, the forgotten, and The Deep End) or have already been cancelled (Eastwick, Hank, and Ugly Betty).
In light of the ascending ratings, the network has decided to add two more episodes to the season, bringing the year two total to 24 installments. Fan site Castletv.net broke the news and it has been confirmed to us by a network representative.
ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson professed his love for the show at the recent TCA press tour, saying, “We’re excited by the show… Nathan is fantastic and I think his chemistry with Stana is great. I think tonally, there’s not a lot of shows on like it. Probably Bones is the only other show with that tone and we’ve seen what a success Bones has been. It’s a warrior for FOX.” He added, “Plus, Nathan is amazing and my wife has a major crush on him.”
The network is also planning another Castle tie-in book with Hyperion. The first book authored by “Richard Castle,” Heat Wave , spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list. The popularity of the book has sent Hyperion back to press eight times.
The second book will come out in September 2010, a month after Heat Wave is published in paperback. If the show’s ratings continue to look rosey, the third season of Castle will no doubt soon follow.
What do you think? Will Castle get a third season? Does the show deserve it or is there another show on the bubble that you’d rather see renewed?
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