In the wake of the sudden exit earlier this week of star Nina Dobrev from CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com that a number of successful shows are bracing for cast departures and even premature cancellation.
“While ‘Vampire Diaries’ has already been renewed for next season, there are other veteran series whose renewal is entangled with talent negotiations as their stars’ contracts expire at the end of this season,” Andreeva writes. “That includes ABC drama ‘Castle’ and its leading duo Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic; Fox drama ‘Bones’ and its stars, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel; and fellow CBS crime procedural ‘Criminal Minds,’ which has the vast majority of its primary cast — Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook — in need of new deals after this season.”
CBS’s stalwart “CSI” is considered to be on the bubble, Andreeva notes, and it doesn’t help that the contract of its star Ted Danson is up for renewal.
At ABC’s “The Middle,” co-star Charlie McDermott found something else to do while things were in limbo, landing the lead in a CBS pilot, “Super Clyde.”
“I hear ‘The Middle’ cast led by Patricia Heaton now has contracts in place, paving the way for a renewal by ABC,” Andreeva writes. “That series also will have to undergo some creative tweaking if ‘Super Clyde’ is picked up to series as McDermott will exit as a regular, though I hear he would likely have some presence on the ABC comedy, something Dobrev would not do with ‘TVD.'”
The contract situations at “Castle,” “Bones” and other shows appear to be complicating plans for renewal, the report notes.
Please click on the link to Deadline.com near the top of this story to read Andreeva’s full report.