Is ABC ready to revive its hit show ‘Castle’ for a season 9? Which ‘Castle’ characters will revive their roles in the show? Scroll down for all the details.
Produced by ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures, the popular police-procedural comedy-drama ‘Castle’ remained a fan favourite throughout its run of 8 seasons. Maintaining impressive ratings that averaged at 10 million viewers per season, the series found widespread success. ‘Castle’s’ Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion received unprecedented love from fans and critics alike for their exquisite onscreen chemistry.
- Castle: An uptight detective meets a happy-go-lucky writer
- The chaotic final season
- Season 9: Is it a possibility?
Despite a season 9 being in talks, ABC decided to cancel the series after eight seasons in 2016, citing budget cuts as the primary reason. But is the network set to bring back new episodes of the TV series with all-new ‘Castle’ characters soon?
‘Castle’: An uptight detective meets a happy-go-lucky writer
Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, ‘Castle’ episodes superbly combined elements of crime, drama, and comedy together. Its ability to create light-hearted conversations even during intense scenes was what attracted viewers in the first place. The series was also always in news for the on-screen chemistry between the leading actors of ‘Castle’, Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, a major selling point of the show.
The series revolved around homicide detective Kate Beckett (Katic) who was forced to work with a carefree writer Richard Castle (Fillion), a mystery novelist after a crime inspired by one of his novels takes place. Despite hating ‘Castle’ at the beginning, Beckett eventually warmed up to him and ‘Castle’ soon became a regular consultant for the NYPD and found romance with her.
The show’s popularity among fans, owing to the great chemistry and intriguing episodes, has also made its widespread availability on online platforms possible. As a result, fans can now watch ‘Castle’ online.
‘Castle’ opened to a great response in 2009 and saw good ratings throughout its telecast. The ratings remained consistent throughout the ‘Castle’ episodes. There was news that the show would be back for a season 9, but with Katic and Tamala Jones refusing to return for another season and other internal troubles, ABC decided to cancel the show after its eighth season.
The bemusing off-screen chaos during its final season
All those who were watching ‘Castle’ during its original run became quite familiar with the chaos surrounding season 8 and the possibility of a season 9 in 2016.
At the end of season seven, the contracts of the cast members expired, and they all decided to renew them for another season. It was rumoured that during the shooting of season 8, the equation between Fillion and Katic was so bad that they were attending counselling together. In 2016, the bosses at ABC started discussing a prospective season 9, but it is said that Katic quit because of her sour relationship with her leading man and the producers. Katic expressed through her social media handle at the time of her exit: “Rather than distract from what was an amazing experience I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”
With that in mind, the makers first thought of going ahead with a new season without Katic but then struck down that idea and started conceptualising a premise without the old cast members. However, in the end, all these talks fell through and the series was cancelled for good.
Due to this hasty decision, the makers, instead of ending the series on a strong note with a cliff hanger, as originally intended, were forced to end with a back-up ending. The entire season witnessed the two leads looking for a dangerous entity called LokSat to defeat him. In the finale, they found out who was leading the entity and took him down, but were double-crossed by their own informant who shot them. But the series had a happy ending as it cut to seven years in the future where both Beckett and Castle were alive and well, taking care of their three children together.
Season 9: Is it a possibility?
It just might be, but with a completely different team. In 2016 itself, the makers were deliberating on renewing the show with a new cast. Back then, Alexi Hawley had said in an interview, “There’s stuff up in the air, so we are trying to leave it in a very dynamic way which leaves open the possibility that maybe the show won’t come back in the same form next season — although, again, we really hope that it does”.
In the years to come, if the makers decide to produce a season 9 it would only happen with a new cast. The poor relationship between the lead actors of ‘Castle’, Stana Katic and Fillion, makes it very unlikely for these two to be seen together again on-screen. Fans can simply wait and see what the executives at ABC decide regarding the show. But for now, there no season 9 in the works.
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Why is there no season 9 of ‘Castle’?
There was no one but multiple reasons for the cancellation of season 9 of ‘Castle’. The primary reason was budgetary issues and a budget cut. The network and the ‘Castle’ team also were not on good terms. Additionally, Stana Katic and Tamala Jones both quit the show. All these reasons led to the cancellation of the show after season 8.
Who is the female lead in ‘Castle’?
Actress Stana Katic played the female lead Kate Beckett on ‘Castle’.
Why did ‘Castle’ end so abruptly?
‘Castle’ ended abruptly because in spite of plans to renew the show with a ninth season, because the budget cuts did not allow for it. As a result, many of the cast’s contracts could not be renewed, and any plans to continue the show without those cast members did not reach fruition.