'Castle' season 9 to be renewed by another network? DVD set of season 8 will not include cliffhanger ending

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Rumors have it that hit series “Castle” may be picked up by another network for season 9, following its cancellation at ABC.

According to reports, although the show officially ended last May, some of the fans are still hoping that they will have a proper send-off for their beloved characters.

Talks of a possible spin-off, which began circulating in the rumor mill, may feature Rick Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) return to the small screen alongside partners Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan (Seamus Dever), but his wife Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) may not be around anymore. However, it remains to be seen if this comes to fruition.

During San Diego Comic-Con, Fillion opened up about the narrative if the story was given the chance to move forward. Talking to TV Line, he revealed that a new season would have had a five-year time jump as the producers and writers were already planning some ideas.

“Yeah, they were talking about a time jump. I think they were saving most of their plans for when we actually got the pickup. So once they didn’t get the pickup, I think they stopped making the plan,” he explained.

Asked if he wants to properly say goodbye to the longtime followers of the series. “No, what is a proper send-off? We had eight years of a phenomenal television show with amazing people that I love so very, very much. I’ll miss them dearly, I’ll miss the characters they play but at the same time it’s been eight years since I haven’t had a plan,” he mused. The actor added that the convention marks what would have been the “end” of his hiatus as he promoted “Con Man.”

On a related note, fans who may want to purchase the DVD collection of “Castle: The Complete Eight Season” will not be able to see the cliffhanger ending that would have closed season 8 in the event of a renewal from ABC.

It will however include all 22 episodes, two commentaries the first one from Fillion and guest star Adam Baldwin, and the second from Huertas, Dever and writer Barry O’Brien as well as bloopers, deleted scenes and a featurette dubbed as “The Blame Game.” The set will become available on Aug. 23.