Could ‘Castle’ season 9 happen on ABC without Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic?

Castle -The future of “Castle” is very much in doubt, and of course, this was a hot topic throughout the TCA Winter Press Tour over the weekend.

With that said, there was still one question that came out and surprised us very much: The idea of there being some sort of potential spin-off for the show if for whatever reason Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic opt not to return. These two actors are not under contract beyond this season, and we could have a situation unfold that is in some ways very similar to what we had last year.

Speaking per Variety, ABC head Paul Lee floated the possibility of some sort of continuation for the show even without its leads, which of course has led us to wonder if that could in some way be possible. We’ve come up with a few separate ideas.

“Alexis, P.I.” – A very “Nancy Drew” sort of series revolving around a young woman trying to make a name for herself solving crimes. Maybe you can get Fillion or Katic back for a cameo here and there, and you can move her to a new city and surround her with a new cast (maybe you keep Hayley). We’d be intrigued, but the issue with all of these ideas remains the same: You have to find a way to get a ton of new viewers interested since the fraction of the “Castle” audience that would watch probably would not carry the show.

“Ryan and Esposito” – They get reassigned, or they decide to open a separate business where they help solve crimes that allows them to make a little bit more money. They have great chemistry, but how do you market the show to non-“Castle” fans? It’s tricky.

Completely new characters – Maybe you introduce someone later in the season, give them a de-facto backdoor pilot, and you have a spin-off that is barely associated with the original at all.

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