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Castle loses its female lead Stana Katic, and fans are not having it

Castle casting shake-up means the show probably won't be around for much longer

Castle's latest news that female lead Stana Katic won't return for Season 9 has fans wondering how the show can go on without her.

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The series, after all, has been built on the relationship dynamics between writer-turned-PI Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Detective Kate Beckett (Katic). Is there even a show without those dynamics?

Many fans think not. And some even suggested that the show should have been canceled rather than cutting one of the leads.

You know when even fans of a show are calling for its cancellation, the studio made a rough call.

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Deadline reports that Katic was cut from the show due to budget cuts, which really makes no sense to me. Is ABC hurting that badly? I get that the show has been on for eight seasons now and things have to be changed and rearranged to make way for new content, but cutting such a critical lead character seems like chopping off the head of the horse and expecting to still be able to ride.

Tamala Jones, who played medical examiner Lanie Parish, also won't return.

The studio commented on the decision, explaining, "Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle."

For her part, Katic is trying to keep things positive, "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."

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I can't help but wonder if maybe the reason Katic is exiting from the show is because ABC has offered her the chance to star in a new pilot. Pilot season — where major players for new shows are cast in the world of Hollywood between the months of about January to March — just ended, after all. Perhaps ABC has their eye on Katic for big things, and with Castle winding down, the studio thought now would be the perfect time for Katic to shine.

Otherwise, what gives ABC?

Do you think ABC could have ulterior plans for not renewing Katic's contract on Castle?

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