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TV Picks: Lots of finales, but ‘Castle’ could be most interesting

Stana Katic, left, as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle in ABC’s “Castle.”
Stana Katic, left, as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle in ABC’s “Castle.” ABC

Editor’s note: ABC canceled “Castle” Thursday night, removing the uncertainty regarding a ninth season. There are reports that an alternate ending for the episode was taped, just in case Monday’s episode ended up being the series finale. We hope that means fans will get the closure they want.

There are lots of season finales coming up in the next week, but one of the most interesting will be for ABC’s “Castle” on Monday (10 p.m.). News broke several weeks ago that Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett, one half of the show’s “Caskett” love duo, has not been invited back for a ninth season. Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Dr. Lanie Parish, was also let go. ABC cites budgetary concerns for the cuts, but apparently, Katic and Nathan Fillion, who plays her husband and crime-fighting partner Richard Castle, also really do not like each other. So, lots of questions here. Will they kill Beckett off in Monday’s finale? What will the show look like without Beckett? Should there even be a show without Beckett? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Other finales

  • On Friday, we get season finales for “The Vampire Diaries” (8 p.m., CW), “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS) and “Hawaii Five-0” (10 p.m., CBS). All renewed.
  • Sunday we see finales for “Once Upon a Time” (7 p.m., ABC), “The Family” (9 p.m., ABC), “Last Man on Earth” (9:30 p.m., Fox), “Dice” (9:30 p.m., HBO) and “Quantico” (10 p.m., ABC). All are renewed except “The Family” – no word yet on that one.
  • Monday has season finales for “Jane the Virgin” (9 p.m., CW) and “Bates Motel” (9 p.m., A&E) – both renewed – and the series finale for “Mike & Molly” (8:30 p.m., CBS).
  • On Tuesday, look for season finales for “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS), “Chicago Med” (9 p.m., NBC), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (9 p.m., ABC), “NCIS: New Orleans” (9 p.m., CBS) and “Chicago Fire” (10 p.m., NBC). All return. All renewed.
  • Wednesday: Season enders for “Survivor” (8 p.m., CBS), “The Middle” (8 p.m., ABC), “The Goldbergs” (8:30 p.m., ABC), “Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC), “Empire” (9 p.m., Fox) and “black-ish” (9:30 p.m., ABC). All will return.
  • And on Thursday: “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m., ABC), “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (8 p.m., CW), “The 100” (9 p.m., CW), “The Blacklist” (9 p.m., NBC), “Mom” (9 p.m., CBS), “The Catch” (9 p.m., ABC). All get renewals.