Is Castle Season 9 only in the midst of taking shape?
On Monday morning, ABC confirmed that, due to reported cost-cutting, neither co-lead Stana Katic nor longtime cast member Tamala Jones were being asked back for the fall, in the event of renewal. Katic issued a statement here, while Jones followed with her own reaction below:
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!
Jon Huertas was quick to respond to the shocking news, which he apparently heard via Twitter. “To say I’m sad about @Stana_Katic & @TamalaJones not coming back even if #Castle returns would be a gross understatement,” he shared with the hashtags #blownaway and #morose. “I am gonna miss @Stana_Katic & @TamalaJones who are more than coworkers to me but dear friends.”
That said, with a nod to the hundreds of crew jobs at stake, Huertas invited fans to “see it fit to support this unknown incarnation of the show,” should it return for Season 9. “And if I’m a part of the cast, I’ll work hard to continue to keep the integrity of our show intact.”
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The operative word being “if” he is among the cast left standing once this new Castle finishes baking. As Huertas himself acknowledged:
Seamus Dever, who plays Ryan to Huertas’ Espo, also offered his reaction on Twitter, hailing Katic as a “good friend and good partner” and saying of Jones, “We haven’t seen 1/10th of what she can do. Can’t wait to see what role she does next.”
Meanwhile, Susan Sullivan (aka Martha) describes her reaction as a mix of “surprised and saddened”:
As of Monday afternoon, Castle’s other series regulars, Nathan Fillion and Molly Quinn, had yet to comment.