Editor’s Note: I’m not interested in getting into debates with fans who wish to continue to publicly dredge up the cancellation of the series, the decision to not renew Stana Katic’s contract, bad blood between the cast or anything else connected to the series. This includes the story decisions of season eight, making Alexi Hawley the showrunner, previous showrunners or the fact the show should have ended in season seven. This is water under the bridge. Bringing up old and tiresome arguments is pointless. It also makes the fandom look petty and immature. Get over the fact the show has ended. Get over the fact that there were bad story decisions made. Get over the fact the studio decided to oust Katic from the series. I’m not also interested in hearing people bitch about the network. A lot of the decisions regarding the show was made under Paul Lee’s tenure, and I do mean a lot of the decisions. The past is literally the past and you cannot change it. If you comment, be thoughtful and considerate. In other words, don’t whine about what happened let it go and enjoy what the show brought to your life.
ABC Entertainment’s boss expands on decision to cancel Castle
In early August (2016), new ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked about the decision to cancel the long-running procedural show Castle after eight seasons. The decision was shocking because the studio had worked to re-sign Nathan Fillion, Seamus Dever, Jon Huertas, and others ahead of the season/series finale.
During the summer press tour, Dungey said the network was very upfront with the studio and producers about the possibility of the show ending for good in season eight. The studio did what they needed to do in case they got the pick-up for a season nine. At the end of the day, the network felt the decisions made (ousting of Katic) was not the right thing to do in order for the network to green-light another season.
The book is now closed on Castle.