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ABC Cancels Dramas ‘Castle’ and ‘Nashville’

'The Muppets,' 'Galavant' and 'Marvel's Agent Carter' Also on the Chopping Block

ABC has decided not to move forward with new seasons of “Castle,” which will now conclude after eight seasons, and perennially ratings-challenged “Nashville,” which would have been heading into season five. The cancellation of “Castle,” which had previously announced co-stars Stana Katic and Tamala Jones would not be returning, is a surprise given that Nathan Fillion recently renewed his contract.

Also not returning on ABC is the revival of “The Muppets,” musical farce “Galavant” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” the spin-off from “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” The network did, however, issue a second season pick-up to sitcom “Dr. Ken.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Not unexpected, but I will miss Castle (8 seasons) and Nashville (4 seasons) and the other shows mentioned above. Good luck to all the great actors on these shows.

  2. I think another network should pick up Nashville, it is a great show with a lot of talent. This season was lacking with Hayden Panettiere on maternity/depression hiatus, plus the long winter break didn’t help any. I did not even like country music before the show aired and now I really enjoy country music thanks to this show.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if Opry Entertainment, one of the show’s producers, shops it around. The show has been a gigantic commercial for the company and the city in general. Khouri might be credited as the show’s creator, but it was Opry Entertainment chief Steve Buchanan who brought the idea to her.

      • That would be awesome. The characters are so life-like and the music is fantastic!