‘Castle’ season 8 now getting the hiatus treatment from ABC

Castle -Remember how ABC loves to put some of its shows on extended hiatuses at midseason? This is a pattern that they started to set with “Once Upon a Time,” but have extended it to a variety of other shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD.”

Now, it is more or less confirmed that “Castle” season 8 and is also going to be joining the trend. It was already reported that “Nashville” would be getting the same thing this time to make way for “Secrets and Lies” season 2, and the Nathan Fillion – Stana Katic series is now going to go off the air in November, and then take more than two months off before its return.

One of the major benefits to the network doing this is that it allows for fewer repeats during the most important months of the year. For example, if there are somewhere between 11-15 episodes of “Castle” still to air in the new year, they can air one a week until the finale in mid-to-late May without any interruption. That means no more questioning as to when the show is on. Granted, you do run the risk of some people getting bored, finding a new TV vice, and then sticking with that instead. We certainly know that not everyone out there is thrilled with the big decision  that came at the end of this past episode.

So what will ABC do during the hiatus? We wonder if one thing that will be considered is ordering a “Bachelor” aftershow similar to what they did with “After Paradise,” where they bring back Chris Harrison / Jenny Mollen with a rotating panel of guests. While this was not a huge ratings success this summer after “Bachelor in Paradise,” it was serviceable given the budget and it could fare better after a show known to generate better ratings.

What do you think about giving a semi-procedural like “Castle” the split-season treatment: Good move or bad move? Let us know below, and click here to subscribe to our newsletter for further TV news sent to you weekly. (Photo: ABC.)

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