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Castle to Return a Week Later Than Planned, But Adds Sunday Outing

ABC’s Castle will return from the holiday break a week later than planned. But that’s hardly the most interesting scheduling news at hand.

Season 8 will now resume on Monday, Feb. 8, TVLine has confirmed, with the competitive a cappella-themed episode “Tone Death.” (Filling the procedural’s time slot on Feb. 1 is a bonus edition of The Bachelor‘s live aftershow.)

To then get back on schedule, Castle will air on Sunday, Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — leading out of a special telecast of The Bachelor. That episode, “Witness for the Prosecution,” sends the series to the courtroom in a bit of a “first.”

Castle will then return to its usual time slot the following night, on Monday, Feb. 15, with “Dead Red” (guest-starring Spartacus‘ Nick Tarabay).

So, to be crystal clear: Three new episodes in eight days.

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52 Comments
  1. DarkDefender says:

    Unprecedented. But I love it. I hope we are moving forward and putting the angst behind us. :)

    • CastleBuzz says:

      Ditto DarkDefender.

    • S. says:

      Amen. I’ll take the fact that the first comment on a TVLine article about Castle is a positive one as a sign. ;) If nothing else, I’d like the people (alleged “fans”) being mean to the cast/crew on social media to cut it out. Some of them find it hard to enjoy interacting and seemed to like it in the past. That’s not particularly kind to someone just trying to do their job. If folks are gonna grumble, at least consider the direction of venting. Leave the crew alone.

    • NDFan says:

      Agree with everyone here. Nice to see some positive comments on a Castle article.

  2. With Season 9 a BIG question mark, l’ll take all the remaining episodes l can get and be done
    with it in Season 8. And then, thank CASTLE , the show for all the memories ……..

    • S. says:

      Sure sounds like they’re thinking up ways to keep it going even if they have to twist around a bit from what Paul Lee was saying. I dunno that I’d actually call it a big question mark yet. The question might be more “how” than “if.”

  3. ? says:

    Dead show walking.

  4. andrea says:

    Pushing the date back seems like a good choice since I would not be surprised if all the news stations will have coverage breaking in of voting going on in Iowa that night.

  5. shaun says:

    What’s with all this jumping about?

  6. Susan says:

    Wonderful – can’t wait to have it back!

  7. Joey says:

    Goes along with the rest of season 8 mess. Someone must of just told them about Iowa.

  8. teri says:

    Yeah! Castle is finally getting some love from ABC. I like the idea of Sunday night following the Bachelor. Can’t wait for the best show to return.

  9. John NYC says:

    Okay, a LITTLE compensation for the hiatus. But only a little. :)

  10. Kw says:

    Castle is waayyy more important than the bachelor!

    • KLS says:

      Agreed. Reality shows don’t go into syndication or have books to generate revenue. If ABC can keep Castle going somehow, they will jump at the chance.

  11. Genie says:

    Love Castle and can’t wait for it to return. Will the cast of Castle ever be invited back to the Paley Center.

  12. KLS says:

    5 eps of Castle in Feb for sweeps? Trying to get the ratings up to increase ad revenue for their future plans (whatever they may be). Might also be scouting out new time slot for S9? Sunday at 10 looks vulnerable at this point. Maybe Quantico, Castle (spinoff), for 9-11 on Sundays.

  13. Evla says:

    First steps for a S9. Waiting for good news from ABC about renewals of the leads. So dear USA viewers, we (foreign fans) need you. Watch Castle, give them reason and enthusiasm to keep going. Thank you!! We Want Castle Season 9.

  14. Gaby says:

    But is 8.10 romantic in any way, to air on Valentine’s Day, on a ~special night~? Isn’t that the court room episode – with Castle possibly messing up as a witness, and that new recurring character that is somewhat related to Loksat? Isn’t that kinda weird to have on Valentine’s Day? Is ABC just so desperate to not move back the rest of the season for just one week? o.O

    • KLS says:

      Maybe 810 is not a romantic ep and TPTB just want to have 5 eps in February. Also, maybe they don’t have anything else to show that night. There could be a lot of reasons. I am looking forward to the next 4-5 eps.

    • T says:

      Not sure if this is in relation to the valentines day episode though

      “As Kate and Rick pretend to stay broken up (for LokSat’s sake) while secretly together, “There’s a lot of ‘lost time to make up for,’ so to speak, in the bedroom. So there is some friskiness,” teases co-showrunner Alexi Hawley.”

  15. Rusty says:

    I am really glad to see Nick Tarabay in anything. He was my favorite hated villain from Spartacus. It takes a lot of skill to play a really bad guy so well. I look forward to him being in other shows. I am glad to hear that he has found a home on Arrow. Again playing a super villain ‘Captain Boomerang’. Personally, I would rather see him playing a good guy. He will be a welcome diversion in Castle.

  16. Fred says:

    They needed extra time to rewrite and reframe. Too bad. After the first half mess who cares anymore. More repetive episodes and slapstick

    • KLS says:

      I think they wrote & filmed these next few eps before Thanksgiving, so that has nothing to do with when they are aired in February. Also there are 6+ million people who still care about Castle to watch it live every week. Millions more via Internet and DVR+. So let’s take a look at the episodes first before we judge… Thanks

    • lurker says:

      Nah, no rewriting. I guess the network has to finish the airing till May 9th (before official the renewal date), and there are 14 episodes left (No. 9-22). In one of the upcoming episodes we’ll get public (in precinct) slapping in order to perpetuate the illusion of separation in public. And that will be pure “fun” to watch. Luckily we and our favorite duo are in on the joke. So, cue bookend bedroom scenes. So the mess continues. And as for not judging before watching, “if the past is prologue….”

  17. caskett15 says:

    i think its the best news for me since the last episode who was more than a month ago i can’t wait to see what their next step is😍

  18. David says:

    Happy happy days 😬😬😬

  19. Simone says:

    You will never hear me complain about 3 episodes of Castle in one week. That’s awesome, if a bit strange. Exciting news :)

  20. bob price says:

    There will not be a season 9 Stanic was a holdout last year the same will be this
    Summer. Castle could continue without her there are a lot of intelligent beautiful
    women who are excellent in their field. Stanic thinks she is destined for better
    ‘things’ but she has two films canned but no one has bought them. Too big of
    head will be her down fall.

    • KLS says:

      Speculate much?

    • Susan Smith says:

      Wow.You mad at Stana bro?Castle would have never lasted 8 seasons without her. The chemistry between Stana and Nathan make the show.All of the actors on Castle are talented. You obviously don’t know about the movie buisness. Stana (and Nathan for that matter) are doing just fine

      • Genie says:

        Right ON!! Stana is one of the most talented and giving celebrities. You don’t see her name in print all the time because she is an extremely private person and I respect that. She’s won the PCA 3x over notable actors. She is Talent, Beauty and Brains in one package and we the fans Castle are fortunate to be able to appreciate it.

        • lame says:

          There is a big difference between tv actors and movie actors, not many cross over. Hollywood is loaded with undiscovered or upcoming actors. Look no further than all the new faces on new series.

  21. Kate says:

    I LOVE that picture! There have definitely been ups and downs this season, but I’m excited to have it come back. I’m going in with a positive attitude!

  22. jessica says:

    I hate waiting…castle is the best show ever…were is February??

  23. Joey says:

    What if this is why all the date changes. Feb 1st to Feb 8, someone at ABC forgot about Iowa and ABC really wants to cover Iowa. Feb 14th hoping the folks will follow over after the Bachelor and NCIS LA is not airing.Feb 15th the same reasoning as of Feb 14th, carry over from the Bachelor and NCIS LA is not airing because of the Grammy Awards. These dates are all about the ratings and trying to bring them up and this is what the show runners hope will happen without making changes the the bad story line. The fans want the separation of Rick and Kate to stop, the show runners don’t.

  24. JW says:

    There is honestly too much that hasn’t been said in Castle yet. Season 9? A NO-BRAINER!

  25. Sarah Bicky says:

    its a little unorthodox the way that they are coming back but hey, more Castle!

  26. SO says:

    Is it true that Nathan or Stana only signed their last contract as long as they only work together 2 days a week? Have heard lots of gossip at times & you really don’t know what to believe.

  27. Linda says:

    What happened during castles missing 1 months?It seems convuluted.