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The Disney-owned network axed six series — with the bigger shocker of the bunch being its veteran Nathan Fillion drama. It's perplexing that the network would cancel Castle after publicly firing Stana Katic and Tamala Jones and then going through the trouble of negotiating new contracts for season nine with Fillion and four other co-stars. It's embarrassing for ABC to have gone through the backlash (and new contract talks) for no reason. Also confusing is that Castle is a sturdy procedural that required little promotion, it's owned by ABC Studios and likely cheaper than the costs associated with launching a new show.