Will ABC cancel or renew Castle for a ninth season? Per Deadline, the network must decide on the fate of the crime drama series, today. According to TV Line, Castle star Nathan Fillion has already signed on. As previously reported, executive producer Alexi Hawley has prepared two endings for the Castle‘s season eight finale. The decision of which ending to use is behind the deadline.
Hawley will use an ending with a big cliffhanger, if ABC renews Castle for a ninth season. The alternate ending is a TV series finale, which will hopefully provide Castle fans with some measure of closure, if the long-running series is cancelled. Either way, the eighth season finale will be star Stana Katic’s last outing as Kate Beckett.
In mid-April, ABC chose not to renew the contract of both Katic and Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish), reportedly for budgetary reasons. Both Deadline and TV Line are reporting that if ABC renews Castle for a ninth and final season, it will likely be an abbreviated one. The situation is similar to the FOX pickup of Bones‘ 12th and final season, although in that case, both leads are returning.
5/6 update: Word is that ABC has prolonged the renewal decision. We’ll post as soon as we hear more.
What do you think? Without Katic returning as Beckett, should ABC cancel Castle, or renew it for a ninth season?