Out with the old, in with the new. At this week’s upfront presentations, ABC chief Channing Dungey explained the network’s decision to cancel both Nashville and Castle, TVInsider reports.
Earlier, we reported ABC had cancelled Nashville after four seasons, while Castle was cancelled after eight.
When asked why the network decided to end the two series, Dungey explained it was a combination of financial reasons and wanting room for new shows in the network’s 2016-17 lineup:
“In terms of the behind-the-scenes thing that were happening on both Castle and Nashville, the studios in each case were looking for the best creative and financial ways to make room for a ninth season of Castle and a fifth season of Nashville. They were definitely engaged in a bunch of conversations on a studio level on what would set them up the best for success should they get the order.
… in terms of what we were discussing internally… it was the best fit for things on the schedule. Obviously looking at ratings, looking at our own finances, looking at some of the new development. A lot of those decisions did come down to the wire, which is the difficult thing about these jobs: you have to weigh and measure a bunch of different things. At the end of the day, it didn’t feel that—even though both Castle and Nashville were wonderful shows for us and good performers for a long time—the future for us did not really lie in those shows.”
What do you think? Were you a fan of either Castle or Nashville? Do you think ABC should’ve renewed both?
I am gutted that Castle is being axed.I love the show,it blends comedy with mysteries and the cast are superb.This is a big mistake.
I loved castle it should stay ok on
Just wondering, since ABC has become so Liberalized, if the new LGTB laws that Tennessee passed had something to do with dumping the show. I know that the LGBT group was placing a boycott on anything to do with the state!
It just sounds like politics to me and the Libs at ABC would cut off their nose to spite their face!
What a shame for two really great shows to be canceled! ABC, think you made a terrible decision.
ABC made the same mistake here that they made when they cancelled My So-Called Life. ABC was at the top of their game and Ted Harbert got arrogant and within just a couple of seasons, they were at the bottom of the ratings across the board. They apparently didn’t learn from their mistakes and are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.
I’m so disappointed! Both shows were great and I’m going to miss watching them very much, I looked forward to Nashville and Castle every week! Very bad decision from cancel them I think!
Nashville was very good in the first two seasons, lots of music very little soap. When it went mostly soap and little music it lost its roots. The man they had to write songs quit after season two also had a big impact.
Crazy to Cancel Nashville!!!!!!