Stana Katic will not be a part of Castle Season 9, as part of a cast shake-up that reportedly is designed to help cut costs for the aging procedural. Sources confirm for TVLine that which our sister site Deadline first reported, that Katic, whose one-year extension has expired, was not asked back for the fall, should the series get renewed. Nor will longtime cast member Tamala Jones be back as M.E. Lanie Parish.
In a statement on the situation, Katic said, “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.”
ABC is confirming both actresses’ exits, issuing this statement: “Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past eight years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.“
How might Beckett be written out? In a new interview with TVLine, co-showrunner Alexi Hawley said that with both Katic’s and Nathan Fillion’s contracts up, “We are trying to leave [the May 16 season finale] in a very dynamic way which leaves open the possibility that maybe the show won’t come back in the same form next season.” In that season ender, titled “Crossfire,” a twist in Rick and Kate’s final pursuit of the high-powered drug lord known as LokSat “puts their case, and their lives, in jeopardy,” the synopsis reads, allowing the series the option to kill off the intrepid NYPD police captain.
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