‘Castle’ season 9 renewal decision reportedly pushed back … for now

Castle -Want to know whether or not “Castle” has been renewed for a ninth season? We’re right there with you, but apparently all of us are going to have to wait for a little while longer.

According to Deadline, ABC seemingly has pushed back when they want to make their decision on when to renew the show past today, which is somewhat surprising given that the original indication was that this was when they needed to know for the sake of getting the May 16 finale together. Clearly, it’s now looking more like a last-minute thing, and producers are going to need to know the show’s future before they determine which one of the multiple endings that they shot to put at the end of the episode.

So what is the hangup from the network point of view? It could be a few different things, whether it be finalizing contracts with some of the returning talent, or them simply trying to determine whether or not they want to have the show on the air again. Or, maybe it’s a debate over episode count.

Why go so far as to announce Stana Katic’s exit from the show, only to then not renew it? If that is what happens, we will certainly be surprised as to why the network went through all of this aggravation in the first place. We refuse to believe that they were oblivious to how negative the reaction would be to her being jettisoned from the cast, especially in the way in which it happened. They had to know there would be protests and outrage.

In the end, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but we’ll be providing coverage of the final two episodes this season either way.

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