Famous show one of main actress the stunning Stana Katic, who played the lead role of Captain Kate Beckett for straight eight seasons on ABC’s hit show Castle, will not make a return for a ninth.
The 37-year-old actor played Beckett in the crime series since its 2009 premiere. ABC decided not to renew her contract for “budgetary reasons,” reported Deadline.
It is the main part of a major shakeup on the series, which also includes the departure of fellow original cast member Tamala Jones. Fillion has been in negotiations to return to Castle, which I hear is eyeing a shortened, likely 13-episode, ninth season, at a reduced license fee.
Another actress Nathan Fillion, 45, who plays Beckett’s husband, Rick Castle, is expected to return for season nine if it is renewed for a shorter 13-episode run.
Katic would not comment on the circumstances surrounding her exit. When asked about the departure, she told Deadline, “Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience; I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much-beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”
Katic is not the only female star leaving the show; season eight will also be the last for Tamala Jones, who played medical examiner Lanie Parish.
While the series is called Castle, Beckett’s character has been as prominent on the show, which evolved into a two-lead Moonlighting-style comedic drama.Castle creator Andrew Marlowe had always called the Castle/Beckett relationship central to the concept of the series.
The departure of Katic and Jones is expected to be used to attempt a creative reboot, which is difficult to accomplish so late in the life of a show. Long-running series like Castle are expensive, and with ratings inevitably slipping, implementing cost reductions is not uncommon though those rarely affect the stars of a show.