ABC's 'Castle' Canceled After Katic Exits Amidst Cast Tensions And Drama

After serious drama made the final season of Castle awful for the fans and seemingly for the cast, ABC has finally pulled the plug. It's official that Castle will not be coming back for another season after series lead Stana Katic's firing left fans wondering what the show would be like without Beckett. After scrambling to see if there is a way that Castle could work without Beckett, ABC took the series off of life support.

According to the Inquisitr, Castle got off to a rocky start this season, and things just kept getting worse for the series, which is now in its eighth and final season. What had been working for seven seasons seemed to be gone, and the chemistry fizzled as the characters of Castle and Beckett, who spent seven seasons moving together, were now apart. Season 8 has been painful for fans to watch, and it seems that the time has come for Castle to be over and done.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Richard Castle has taken his last case on Castle, and then the ABC series will be gone. The current season was abbreviated, as it seems that the powers that be were trying to keep it together to move on. However, it just wasn't meant to be.

Because the series was on the bubble and it was uncertain whether this would be the end, the showrunners shot a series and a season finale to give fans a true ending. But now we know that on May 16, the series finale will air. Fans have known that Stana Katic was on the verge of being fired since Season 7, but the Castle bosses held on after the backlash on Grey's Anatomy when McDreamy was killed.

The Hollywood Reporter added that Stana Katic was fired from Castle in an alleged effort to reduce costs and pull out a ninth season of Castle. A new ABC entertainment president, Channing Dungey, looked to cut costs on the network's hour-long procedurals, and big salaries like that of Castle's Stana Katic were on the chopping block. Tamala Jones as Lainie, the medical examiner, was also being let go.
TVLine shared a note from Stana Katic to Castle fans and reactions from the rest of the Castle cast to the cancellation. Katic penned a handwritten note to fans, letting them know that they will always have her gratitude for following her character on Castle.

"Your devotion to this show has carried us for these unforgettable eight seasons," wrote Katic, who would not have been part of any Season 9. "I will always be grateful."

Jon Huertas, who played Esposito, also wrote a note to Castle fans, thanking them and the rest of the cast for a great run.

"It was a good run but Castle is done. I've processed the end of living an eight-year dream..."

And Molly Quinn, who played Alexis on Castle, from an early twin to adulthood, also wanted that say thank you to Castle fans and the network for her start in the business.

"Castle was a cornerstone of my life. A safe environment to learn. Thank you, ABC, for giving a carrottop kid of 14 an amazing start."
But according to Us Weekly, there is no official word yet from Nathan Fillion, who played the title character on Castle and who allegedly could not stand co-star Stana Katic, according to on-set sources.

"Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion completely despise each other. They will not speak when they are off set, and this has been going on for seasons now."

It is alleged that Katic and Fillion were forced to go to couples counseling after Katic was regularly in tears on the set of Castle.

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