Saturday, April 13, 2024

TV: Stana Katic Ousted from ABC’s “Castle” As Network, Producers Ponder Killing Character


OK, this is downright weird. Stana Katic is beautiful and smart. She’s the only reason I’ve ever looked at an episode of “Castle,” usually in reruns. Okay. I also like Susan Sullivan a lot.

But Katic’s chemistry with Nathan Fillion gave the show a “Moonlighting” feel. Guess what? Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis hated each other. And we knew it the whole time the show was on the air.

Evidently, Katic and Fillion are not fond of each other either. So yesterday ABC announced that if they renew the show for a 9th season, Katic won’t return. Last year they signed her to a one year deal. Deal is up now. Her character, Beckett, may get killed so they can retool the show as “Archie Bunker’s Place.” In that show, they killed off Edith Bunker so Carroll O’Connor could go on a few seasons more.

It was a bust. And this will be too? Does anyone want to see Beckett killed next month, and have Castle move with his his family and friends to a new location? No, I didn’t think so.

Katic knew this was coming. She’s got four movies in the can according to the IMDB. She’s already made the transition off the show. She’s all set.

But really, more years of “Castle”? Eight is enough. Let this thing die already.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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