The moment of truth has arrived for ABC to make a renewal decision about its procedural “Castle,” according to a report by Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva. Andreeva reported Thursday night that the network planned to make a decision by the end of the day today, May 6.
Hanging in the balance was whether the season eight finale, which will air May 16, would be branded as a season finale or a series finale, and which of two possible final scenes would air. We do know that female lead Stana Katic will not be back after the May 16 episode, and that Nathan Fillion is locked in for season nine if it happens.
“I hear that star Nathan Fillion has closed a new deal for Season 9,” Andreeva reports. “In part to secure that, ABC and ABC Studios opted not to bring back Katic. The move also was driven by budgetary reasons that saw another original cast member, Tamala Jones, exit too. (Co-stars Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas are said to be coming back.)”
The signs appear to be pointing toward a renewal, as ABC has gone to a lot of trouble to line things up for a possible ninth season.