It is with a heavy heart that I inform you guys that Stana Katic, a.k.a badass Captain Kate Beckett is not returning for season nine of Castle. Also leaving is Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish on the show. *Ugly cries* Okay, so, everyone probably knows about this, if they watch Castle or have been alive since TV Guide first broke the news on April 18th. REGARDLESS, Katic and Jones have fallen victims to what Variety calls “television’s ‘disposable spring’.”
Unfortunately, women like Katic, are the primary targets of this onslaught of this killing off, being written out, or in Kelly Ripa’s case, completely blindsided trend on television. However, I am merely going to focus on Katic because she is the linchpin that started this COMPLETELY SOLVABLE crisis that is plaguing television.
Now, it’s no secret that over the past few years Castle has seen a decline in ratings. Whatever. It happens in any show that has been on longer than five seasons. (Except if you’re Grey’s Anatomy, but I don’t know what kind of witchcraft Shonda Rhimes does to keep the ratings so high.) So, instead of ABC looking for avenues in which Katic could remain on the show, the Hollywood Reporter says that she was let go “to reduce costs.”
Seriously?! You fired one half of the Castle-Beckett love story to “reduce costs?” SURE YOU DID, ABC. After Katics’s exit, Entertainment Tonight reported that another possible reason she was let go was because there was tension behind-the-scenes with Nathan Fillion, who plays Richard Castle, the titular character. Apparently, it got so bad that Katic and Fillion were ordered to attend “couples therapy” in order to save their on-screen relationship. Of course, neither side of the aisle has commented on the tension, but this raises a question: If the rumors are true, why is Katic being punished for this? Why isn’t Fillion?
As upsetting as Katic’s departure is, it is part of something bigger. Buzzfeed says this points to the disrespectful way Hollywood treats women, especially one like Katic, who has spent eight years on a show and has developed a solid fan base. If they are willing to toss her aside so easily, what does that say for other women in television, or Hollywood in general?
#IStandWithStana, do you?
Update: After eight seasons, ABC has canceled Castle. We did it guys!