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Is this the final season for Grey's Anatomy? I was surprised that Eric Danes was taken off the show, as well as the actors who played Lexie and Teddie. Christina has left the hospital, so there are not many of the original cast members left. It would be a shame if this were the last season.

ABC has not yet made an official statement on the status of the show beyond this season.

But the cast is signed through a 10th season, taking the show to May 2014, so it seems likely it will continue.

'Psych' will be back in February

I really looked forward to Saturdays and the levity of Psych. Is there any chance they will bring it back to any channel?

Psych, starring James Roday as "psychic" detective Shawn Spencer and Dule Hill as his partner Burton "Gus" Guster, will return for a seventh season on the USA Network on Feb. 27.

The face of Richard Castle

Is Nathan Fillion actually Richard Castle the author, or is his picture just used in the "Nikki Heat" books? I like the show Castle, I like the books but the books have Nathan Fillion's picture in the back, as, you guessed it, Richard Castle.

Since Fillion is the face of the fictional novelist Richard Castle, it is his image you see on the books, which include Naked Heat, Heat Rises, Heat Wave and Frozen Heat. Fillion has also appeared at book signings for the Castle novels, but reports from those signings say he appears as himself, not in character as Richard Castle.

That being said, it's by no means clear who actually writes the novels. The book publisher, Hyperion, has a clearly comical biography of Castle online and has not revealed a real-life writer. Real-life novelists like James Patterson, Michael Connelly and the late Stephen J. Cannell played themselves as friends of Castle on the show, so some readers have speculated one of them wrote the "Heat" novels. I prefer another theory: that Castle's books are written by author Tom Straw. The Hyperion biography says Castle won the "Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature," and nom de plume is another way of saying "pen name."

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