'Castle': Stana Katic to Return, as Creator Andrew W. Marlowe Exits

ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee says season eight will not be the show's last.

Castle will keep its leading duo intact.

Leading lady Stana Katic has inked a new deal to return, while series creator Andrew W. Marlowe and his writer-producer wife, Terri Miller, have exited, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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ABC renewed the soapy procedural starring Nathan Fillion for an eighth season on Friday, with Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley boarding the drama produced by ABC Studios as co-showrunners. They replace David Amann, who served as season-seven showrunner and replaced Marlowe. (Marlowe took a step back to work on a potential Castle spinoff that did not move forward this development season.)

On Tuesday morning, Marlowe and Miller (who co-wrote Monday's season finale) tweeted statements thanking the fandom and announcing their departure from the series after a seven-season run with a quote from the show's character Alexis Castle taken from the season-four finale that they co-wrote.

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ABC confirmed that Marlowe and Miller have exited the series, which sources tell THR could end with a 13-episode eighth season.

"After seven incredible seasons with Castle, we have made the very tough decision to move on to focus on other projects,” Miller and Marlowe said in a joint statement to THR. "We are so thankful to the fans, cast and crew of Castle and our partners at ABC and ABC Studios for their years of dedication, and we’re excited at the possibility of sharing new projects with them soon. We’re proud of our work on Castle, and we’re happy we have been able to tell the stories we’ve wanted to tell for these characters that mean so much to us. Over the past seven seasons, we've been privileged to watch Terence grow from a young writer into a seasoned vet and a strong leader in our organization. Given the delightful and moving episodes he's delivered to the fans, we look forward to seeing what he and Alexi have in store."

During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee declined to provide an episode count for Castle's eighth season and clarified that season eight would not be the show's last. He said that both Grey's Anatomy and Castle are "vibrant brands" with "passionate audiences" and that he would like to see them run for "many years to come."

The procedural has been a sturdy performer for ABC on Mondays at 10 p.m. and still pulls 12.7 million viewers on a weekly basis.

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May 12, 3:30 p.m. Updated with comments from Paul Lee about season eight.

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