Nathan Fillion

Case Closed: Saying goodbye to 'Castle,' which signs off after 8 seasons

Case Closed: Saying goodbye to 'Castle,' which signs off after 8 seasons

So the word finally came down Thursday that after eight seasons, ABC had canceled “Castle.” The episode that airs Monday will be a series, and not a season, finale — a conclusion, not a cliffhanger. (Producers were ready with alternative endings, just in case.)

This news was followed by an unsettling month the word that Stana Katic — who plays NYPD Det. Kate Beckett, the crime-solving romantic partner to Nathan Fillion’s mystery writer sleuth Rick Castle — had not been asked back for a potential ninth season, although Fillion and other cast members had. (Less crucially, Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish, was also dropped.) But the fate of the series itself...

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