The year has not been very lucky for Castle as its Season 9 faced cancellation by the ABC network, to the dismay of the fans. The decision followed the announcement that Stana Katic would not return for the season and up until now, many are wondering what is the true reason for her removal. Was she fired?
Katic’s exit from the show was announced on April 18 and on May 12, the ABC declared that season 9 was cancelled. The finale of the previous season, which aired on May 16, showed Castle and Beckett raising their three children in a flash forward, the US Magazine reported.
When asked about the announcements, network president Channing Dungey said, “That’s a case where you have things running on two parallel tracks. We were always very upfront with the studio and the producers about the possibility that we might not be bringing the show back for a season 9. But the studio has to do what they need to do in order to prepare for the possibility of a season 9.”
But a new report is claiming it was because Katic was too demanding about her pay and the network can no longer afford her. Morning Ledger reported that the real reason behind her removal can be seen in her “inclusion in Forbes’ (sic.) 2016 list of highest paid TV actresses. Could this be it?
She added, “So they did what they felt what they needed to do in order to be ready should they get the nod. And ultimately for us at the network, we did not feel that it was the right thing to do to order another season.”
According to a report by the Cinema Blend, Castle’s ratings had fallen sharply in Season 8. Although it would not be correct to call the ratings a huge disappointment, they were not up to the mark either.
The low ratings also created a budget issue for the series as well. As a show gets older, the budget for producing it also increases. In case of Castle, lower ratings meant fewer advertisement which made it tough to meet the required budget for running the show.
With Katic and Tamala Jones’ exit from the show, many fans felt there is nothing more left to the show. The backlash that resulted made ABC realise that it would not be a right decision to go ahead with the show.