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.
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?