ABC President Channing Dungey Explains Why ‘Castle’ and ‘Nashville’ Had to Go

“The future for us didn’t lie in those shows,” Dungey says

Fans may have hoped changes to “Castle” and “Nashville” could keep the veteran dramas alive, but ABC president Channing Dungey explained Tuesday that even with the proposed alterations, the shows weren’t the “best fit.”

“At the end of the day, we didn’t feel that — even though ‘Castle’ and ‘Nashville’ were wonderful shows and good performers for a long time — the future for us didn’t lie in those shows,” said Dungey, who was named to her new job in February. She spoke in a conference call about ABC’s fall schedule.

“Castle” announced the departure of series lead Stana Katic at the end of this season, leading some viewers to believe the series could return for one more season with star Nathan Fillion flying solo. Similarly, “Nashville” announced that Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz would be taking over as showrunners if the show went to a fifth season.

“Looking at ratings, our own finances and looking at new development, decisions came down to the wire,” Dungey said. “Which is the difficult thing about these jobs as we weigh and measure different things.”

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