Castle has retained Castle.
Nathan Fillion has closed a deal to return for the ABC drama’s ninth season — that is if there is a ninth season. According to Deadline, ABC has until the close of business Friday to decide whether or not to renew the series.
TVLine has confirmed that the network will likely bring the procedural back for an abbreviated final season, similar to the strategy Fox recently employed with Bones.
Fillion, of course, would be returning sans leading lady Stana Katic, whose exit was announced last month. Co-star Tamala Jones was similarly let go. Both were reportedly axed for budgetary reasons.
At the time, Katic said in a statement, “Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”
Several days later, Fillion released a statement of his own in which he thanked Katic “for creating the character of Beckett,” before adding, “I wish her well, and have no doubt she will succeed in everything she pursues. She will be missed.”
In addition to Fillion, original cast members Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever, as well as Season 8 newbie Toks Olagundoye, are all expected back.