'Castle' Sets New Showrunners for Season 8

Meanwhile, the status of star Stana Katic's new deal remains unchanged.

Updated, May 9, 11 a.m. PT, with details that Alexi Hawley has also been added as a co-showrunner.

ABC's Castle is firming up its newly ordered eighth season. 

Castle veteran Terence Paul Winter and The Following's Alexi Hawley been tapped to replace David Amann and will serve as co-showrunners on the procedural, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Winter, whose credits include All of Us, has been with the series for more than 125 episodes, serving as a producer, supervising producer and co-producer before rising to executive producer. Hawley, the brother of Fargo's Noah Hawley, will rejoin the ABC series after working as a writer/co-producer from 2009-12. His credits since then have included ABC's Body of Proof, Fox's The Following (where he was one of three showrunners for its third and final season) and NBC's axed State of Affairs

They take over for Amann, who opted to move on from the series after one season. Amann replaced Andrew Marlowe. An episode count for the newly renewed eighth season has yet to be determined. 

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The procedural starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic has been a sturdy performer for ABC on Mondays at 10 p.m. and still pulls 12.7 million viewers on a weekly basis. Rumors about the future of the series have swirled of late, with sources telling THR that the veteran drama could return for an abbreviated final season. 

Meanwhile, Katic's new contract status remains unchanged, though sources say she is expected to return. 

Winter is repped by Sheree Guitar Entertainment and attorney Jonathan E. Shikora. Hawley is with CAA, Shuman Co. and Hansen Jacobson.

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