ABC has set two new bosses for their long running Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic fronted procedural Castle. Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley have been drafted in to serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on the show’s recently ordered eighth season.
The duo replace David Amann, who stepped down as executive producer/showrunner just as production on the current seventh season was winding down. It is not immediately clear what level of involvement series creator Andrew Marlowe will have on the new season, as he is focussing on development as part of an overall deal with ABC Studios.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Alexi Hawley. The writer previously penned a handful of Castle episodes between 2009 and 2012. The deal for him to serve as co-showrunner caps off what has been a bad 24 hours for Hawley, after the NBC series he created, State of Affairs, was cancelled. Hawley has also served as an EP on the just-cancelled The Following and ABC’s short-lived Body Of Proof.
Terence Paul Winter, meanwhile, is widely viewed as a safe pair of hands. He has been with Castle for several years, climbing the ranks from producer to eventually be named executive producer on the seventh season. He has penned a handful of Castle episodes in that time. Prior to Castle, Winter served as a writer on the Will Smith series All Of Us.
The formal announcement of Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley being named co-showrunners comes mere days after ABC renewed Castle for season 8 and just days ahead of the network’s Upfront presentation. It has been an uncertain time for the show, with prolonged talent negotiations stalling the renewal until this past week.
At present, only Nathan Fillion has signed on for next season, Contrary to other reports, however, Stana Katic is close to inking a new deal, with sources saying there is an “agreement in principle”. The other core cast member are also expected back and I’m told there is absolutely no truth in the rumours doing the rounds that they would re-cast a couple of key roles if the contract issues can not be resolved.