HOLLYWOOD May 8, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Despite the loss of key cast members Stana Katic and Tamala Jones, ABC TV is expecting most of the cast of “Castle” to return for a ninth season.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Seamus Dever will continue as a regular on the show, joining star Nathan Fillion, who plays the title character.
Dever plays Detective Kevin Ryan, formerly a narcotics division cop, who works alongside Javier Esposito, played by Jon Huertas.
Dever and Huertas had been expected to return for next season, with Huertas’ deal on track to close shortly.
Female lead Stana Katic and fellow original cast member Tamala Jones were not asked to come back for Season 9.
ABC was supposed to make a renewal decision by end of Friday, May 6, but that was postponed as actors deals are still being hammered out.
“Castle” debuted on ABC TV and focuses on Richard “Rick” Castle, a millionaire playboy and crime novelist, who teams up with New York police detective Kate Beckett to solve the case.
He finds inspiration in Detective Beckett and starts shadowing her for his next book.
Without ALL of the original cast returning they should just put the show out of it’s misery and cancel. What are the executives at ABC thinking??!! You can’t kill the Beckett/Castle story-line!!!!
While I have enjoyed Castle for years, and have not missed an episode from day one. I wrote in and asked ABC to give them a chance to build a fan base … because the series was that good. Now things are different. The main premise of the show was the interaction between Castle and Beckett. With that gone, it just will never be the same. I think it is time for the series to end. Time to move on folks.