Will “Castle” have to officially say “case closed” following the end of this season? ABC’s programming head Paul Lee has been relatively optimistic on the future of the show, but on the flip side, ratings are lower than they’ve ever been and we’d say that a good 75-80% of the comments we receive on social media and the comments on this side are less-than-positive on the creative direction. Most fans seem to be mostly interested in having the show return more to its roots of Castle and Beckett solving crimes together rather than the whole LokSat mystery or the separation-turned-pretend-separation that is going on.
One bit of good news we can give you is that in the event the series does return in the fall, the showrunners seem to be interested in giving the people more of what they want from Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, and the rest of the cast. Here is what Alexi Hawley said, per Deadline, while at the TCA Winter Press Tour this weekend:
“This season was a little bit of a transition, getting Castle into the PI office and setting that world up for him to give him that drive … We wanted to wrap up a lot of the threads of different conspiracies, Beckett’s mother’s murder, Castle’s missing time. We wanted by the end of Season 8 to have gotten through all those — hopefully in a compelling and satisfying way — so Season 9 can be more about the case of the week, going back to the fun of solving the case of the week and not have the luggage of past conspiracies.”
It’s weird for us to say this given our opinion is generally the opposite, but this is one of the few shows in which we’d argue it is better to stick to the procedural format. It’s what fans like, and we personally enjoy the show when it is more humor-based with the occasional serious story mixed in. Sometimes, TV is comfort food, and we think that there is something great that comes with watching Fillion and Katic have a little fun in their roles every week.
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