Question: Had Castle not been cancelled, how was the show going to explain Stana Katic’s absence as Kate next season? You previously (and ominously) hinted that none of the options being bandied about were good. —Bobbi
Ausiello: According to sources, one scenario had Kate surviving the season-ending shootout, but everyone — Rick included — would think her dead. Why the ruse? I’ll divulge that little tidbit in the next Ask Ausiello Live! (scheduled for this Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 pm/ET at TVLine’s Facebook headquarters).
“Rumors of Rick Castle’s demise have been greatly exaggerated,” says Wendy Lefkon, editorial director at Disney Publishing Worldwide imprint Kingswell.
ABC’s Castle series, starring Nathan Fillion as the eponymous hero, may have just been canceled after eight seasons, but the character of Richard Castle will live on as the author of at least two more books, promises Lefkon.
First up is High Heat, which is set for publication Oct. 25. This story starts with a video of the beheading of a New York journalist by an ISIS-like group operating in the city. The terrorists then set their sights on NYPD detective Heat’s husband, magazine writer Jameson Rook and the subject of his next big profile, the independent presidential candidate Legs Kline. (THR has an exclusive reveal of the cover and an excerpt of chapter one below).
High Heat is the eighth Richard Castle/Nikki Heat novel. The ninth, Heat Storm, is scheduled for spring 2017. Heat Wave, the first of the series, came out in September 2009, six months after the show’s debut. All seven previous Castle novels have made The New York Times bestseller list.
From the beginning, ABC has embraced the fiction that the author of the fictional Nikki Heat books is the fictional Richard Castle, even going so far as to put a picture of Nathan Fillion (as Castle) on the back.
When asked about it in 2009 by Entertainment Weekly, Castle creator Andrew Marlowe said, “Richard Castle [is the writer]. The roguishly handsome best-selling author of the Derek Storm mystery series. He’s charming. He’s a good writer. And I don’t know why you’re trying to take credit away from him. The guy worked hard on it.”
Read the full article and read an excerpt from the book at the source
ABC has canceled Castle.
After weeks of debate over whether or not the show would be returning for a ninth season without Stana Katic, ABC confirmed to TVGuide.com the current season will be the show’s last.
Executive producers had said earlier that, if the series concluded this year, a scene had been shot that would allow the series to end with closure. In addition, all current plot lines were expected to wrap up either way – with the next season being a quasi-reboot of the show.
Castle will air its season finale Monday at 10/9c on ABC.
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“Crossfire” – With their best lead in hand, Castle and Beckett are ready to take on LokSat. But an unforeseen twist puts their case – and their lives – in jeopardy, on the season finale of “Castle,” MONDAY, MAY 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Captain Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. For Season Eight, Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”) joined the series as Hayley.
Guest cast: Sunkrish Bala as Vikram Singh, Kristoffer Polaha as Caleb Brown, Jed Rees as Mr. Flynn.
“Crossfire” was written by Alexi Hawley & Terence Paul Winter and directed by Rob Bowman.
“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Executive producers are Terence Paul Winter, Alexi Hawley, Rob Bowman, Rob Hanning and Armyan Bernstein.
Anything on the Castle finale? — Snower
Not only will the season-long mystery of LokSat be wrapped up, but so will the series-long mysteries, enabling the producers to kick off a potential ninth season with a clean slate. As for the finale, “It’s an incredibly dynamic, big, large episode where Castle and Beckett are really tested,” EP Terence Paul Winter says. “They have to call on all their friends — be it Espo, Ryan and Hayley — to help them take down the mysterious LokSat.”
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