Castle: Stana Katic And Tamala Jones Not Returning In Season 9


TV News - Castle - Stana Katic not returning for Season 9Media outlets last night learned that female lead Stana Katic and fellow original cast member Tamala Jones will not be returning to ABC’s planned ninth season of Castle.

 

The report states that they’re led to believe that the decision came from the Network and ABC Studios and not the actresses, inform the pair of them last week that for budgetary reasons, they won’t be asked to come back for Season 9. While Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic’s contracts were up at the end of the shows eighth season, the studio have been in talks with Fillion for a new deal since the beginning of the year while Katic on the other hand was never approached to re-up her contract and was not offered an opportunity to continue on the show.

TV News - Castle - Tamala Jones Not Returning For Season 9Also news broke out that Katic’s co-star and original cast member Tamala Jones won’t be returning, leading to a major shakeup for the series as the network reportedly plan to shorten season 9 to thirteen episodes at a reduced license fee.

 

Stana Katic told Deadline when asked about her departure:

Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.

 

Tamala Jones released a statement saying:

I’ve had so much fun playing the wonderful and unfiltered ‘Lanie’ over the past eight seasons. I will greatly miss the cast and crew — it’s been a privilege getting to work with this incredibly hard working group of people. Thank you to ABC for this opportunity and to the fans for their unwavering support. It’s been an incredible journey and I can’t wait for what lies ahead!

 

ABC released a statement saying:

Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.

 

I’ll admit I haven’t watched Castle since way back in Season 5 (at best), but to consider the possibility of continuing the show without your female lead, whose relationship with Castle was central to the overall arc of the show, I just can’t see how the network the show to continue on without the character and still get viewership as it does have a certain stink to it. Eight seasons for a crime procedural is a damn good run, why not go out on a high? From the sounds of it the show might be getting rebooted late in the game rather than being handed a spinoff option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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