Fans Storm the Castle to #SaveCaskettAlways
Castle fans have spent the past two weeks waving their arms in the air in a frantic attempt to get ABC’s attention. Rather than repeat entreaties from past years to save Castle from cancellation, these dedicated fans are insisting the network to do the opposite. That’s right. Castle fans launched a campaign to persuade ABC to cancel what was once a favorite show. Caskett fans who do not want Castle to continue without Stana Katic’s Kate Beckett are rewriting the cancellation playbook by demanding Castle’s burial.
Typically during renewal season fans implore networks to spare their favorite low-rated shows from the chopping block. They launch petitions and social media campaigns telling networks that they love said shows and, “Please, oh please, could you keep them around for one more year?” Fans beg like supplicants hoping faceless suits will recognize them as more than numbers in a Nielsen chart.
Castle fans are subverting this pattern and reminding ABC that fans not networks control those Nielsen ratings. At this moment ABC executives are pouring over charts and spreadsheets to decide whether or not to greenlight Castle for a truncated ninth season. To make renewal more appealing and cost effective ABC dismissed Castle’s female lead and retained its male lead. Fans reacted to the news of Stana Katic’s departure with anger and incredulity. Why would ABC consider moving Castle forward without Kate Beckett? Worse – why would the network destroy Castle’s syndication appeal by killing off one half of its popular onscreen couple? An onscreen couple, by the way, that ABC taught fans to invest in.
These invested fans opened a rare “Cancel Our Show to Save It” petition on change.org which has more than 5,000 signatures to date. The petition connects the firing of Stana Katic and Tamala Jones to Hollywood’s habit of treating female actors like replaceable wind-up dolls whose best quality is their unquestioning compliance.
Some fans continue to watch the show and tweet farewell warnings to ABC promising to skip a Beckettless Castle. Others refuse to watch current episodes and engage in targeted Twitter attacks to drive down Castle’s twitter presence by avoiding use of the word “Castle” and replacing it with hashtags like #SaveCaskettAlways and #LetBeckettLive. All of these fans would rather see the network keep Kate Beckett alive by killing Castle than watch a bastardized Season Nine.
Castle fans have made their position clear. Should ABC decide to kill off Kate Beckett and refashion Rick Castle as a free-wheelin’ PI about town, he will be solving crimes without an audience. ABC should listen to fans that spend time and emotional energy lobbying for the cancellation of a show they once loved. Such campaigns are rare and can’t be good for business.
Respect the fans, Let Beckett Live, and Save Caskett.