Stars React to ‘Castle,’ ‘Nashville’ and More TV Cancellations After a Bloodbath

Thursday’s news cycle was inundated with TV show cancellations, with networks bidding adieu to the likes of “Nashville,” “Castle,” “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” among others.

The news prompted social media reactions from many of the series’ stars, who weighed in with a mixture of sadness and snark.

Nashville,” ABC’s country music-themed drama, was cancelled after four seasons. Series star Connie Britton posted an effusive message on Instagram, writing, “To the amazing friends and family who are Nashville, to the cast and crew, and most of all to the fans…I’d just like to say it’s been my honor to be a part of this world, to live in it and breathe it in and try to replicate it. Sometimes we were more successful than others. But the place of Nashville in my heart is deep and permanent. I am grateful for the hard work and faith of so many who dedicated themselves to creating and supporting this show. I am forever changed for the better. Thanks for the music.”

Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Chris Carmack also took to Twitter to voice their reactions to the news.

“So grateful to so many for the dream that has been ‘Nashville.’ Not always easy to be Deacon. But to play him? An absolute joy and an honor,” tweeted Esten.

In a more shocking move, ABC also nixed its long-running crime-drama “Castle” after an impressive eight-season run. A few weeks prior to the cancellation news, it was announced that leading lady Stana Katic and series regular Tamala Jones would not be returning to the series if it was renewed for a ninth season, prompting fan outcry which potentially contributed to its demise.

Katic reacted to the cancellation by tweeting a heartfelt, handwritten letter to “Castle’s” cast, crew and loyal fanbase.

Her co-stars, Jon Huertas, Molly Quinn, Seamus Dever and Season 8 newbie Toks Olagundoye also responded to the news.

Huertas posted a series of tweets, referring to his “Castle” stint as “living an 8 year dream,” with Quinn adding, “Castle was a cornerstone of my life. A safe environment to learn. Thank you @ABCNetwork for giving a carrottop kid of 14 an amazing start”

Fox announced the cancellation of new comedies “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” — both of which premiered this past TV season and aired back-to-back on Tuesday nights. “Grandfathered” centered on John Stamos’ bachelor-turned-grandfather Jimmy Martino, and “The Grinder” starred Rob Lowe as an actor who played a lawyer on TV and used that experience to help his brother, a real lawyer, with cases.

“Proud of @Grandfathered. A show that makes u feel good & brings the entire family together. The kind of TV I love & will continue to create,” tweeted Stamos. In a separate Instagram post, the “Full House” alum approached the news with humor, uploading a photo of him gleefully posing in front of a Disneyland Paris attraction with the caption, “‘Hey John Stamos! Fox just cancelled your television show, what are you going to do next….'”

Josh Peck, who starred opposite Stamos in the comedy, tweeted, “Thank you for watching and supporting @Grandfathered I’m sorry it’s over but I feel lucky to have been a part of it!”

Lowe’s Twitter activity has remained active since the cancellation news of “The Grinder” broke.

“#TheGrinder was not renewed by @FOXTV It was unapologetically original, smart, funny and had a murder’s row of talent. #GrinderRests,” read the actor’s initial reaction to the news.  His hashtag #GrinderRests swiftly gained traction on social media.

He’s since retweeted fan reactions and posted an Instagram photo of the series’ entire team, captioned, “Thanks to the best cast and crew I could’ve hoped for. The Grinder will live on in the proud lineage of Freaks And Geeks, Arrested Development, and other great comedies gone too soon. #GrinderRests”

The CW’s “Containment” and Fox’s “Bordertown,” along with ABC’s “Agent Carter,” “The Muppets” and “Galavant” were also given the ax — although a fan campaign is already underway to renew “Agent Carter” at another network, since the fan-favorite character is an integral part of Marvel’s ever-expanding Cinematic Universe, which spans multiple time periods.

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