Scoop: Castle Season 5 Is Extended

Castle Season 5ABC has cracked “The Case of the Missing Castle Episode” and extended the crime drama’s fifth season by one, to a total of 24 episodes.

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The increased tally matches that of Seasons 2 and 3. (Season 4 scored 23 eps, while the show’s freshman run, as a midseason replacement, fired off just 10 rounds.)

What does this boost mean for you, the consumer? One less repeat to endure during the month April.

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Castle continues Season 5 next Monday with an episode guest-starring Nathan Fillion’s Firefly castmate Gina Torres. Then on Feb. 18, the show plunges into its annual February sweeps two-parter, this time featuring Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck, Unforgettable) as an FBI agent and involving the kidnapping of someone close to Rick; the second hour also guest-stars James Brolin as Castle’s father.