'Castle' news: Show may only have eight seasons; producers prepared for the worst

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ABC procedural drama “Castle” has been a weekly night staple in the last eight seasons it has run. For the most of it, the TV series has been racking up viewership ratings with a steady number of followers from around the world. Unfortunately, “Castle” has suffered a slow decrease in number of viewers this current season. There are talks that the show will finally end after season 8.

“The reality is that [the network execs] won’t make that decision until very late,” Alexi Hawley explained when he and co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter talked to website TV Line recently.

“So our plan is just to tell a satisfying story and try to wrap up the season in an exciting way.” Fortunately, fans can be relieved as of the moment as this is not the first time that the show has done this protocol. In fact, the show’s writers also set the same thing up for last season’s finale as revealed by Winter.

During the show’s season 7 ending, fans were also in distress regarding the future of the show given that Stana Katic signed up for an eighth outing only after the season finale aired. The show and Katic eventually were able to cut a deal for the actress to reprise her role as Detective Kate Beckett.

In the middle of all the controversies that the show went through this season including some backlash in Beckett and Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) prolonged separation only to reunite in the midseason finale, ABC president Paul Lee is confident that this will not be the last installment of the beloved series.

Lee talked about “Castle” as well as another long running drama, “Grey’s Anatomy” saying that both programs will not have their final season during their 2015-2016 run via Zap2it.

“Castle” season 8 will return with brand new episodes on Feb. 1, 8 P.M. EST on ABC.