When ABC puts your show after Dancing with the Stars, you know that they have a little faith in your show. That is what is happening with ABC’s new show Castle, premiering next Monday, March 9th at 10/9c after the two hour premiere of DWTS. I have seen the two or the first three episodes and here is my take:
What ABC says: Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is bored with his own success. Then he learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Castle is questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. Though they instantly clash, sparks of another sort also begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle steps in to help find the killer. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build on their new relationship as they look to solve more strange homicides in New York – as much fun as one can have with death and murder.
Castle is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan), and quick-witted teenage daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn). Also starring in the series are Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Fun Facts: In the pilot, famous murder writers James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell make cameos as Castle’s poker partners than often words of advice. Monet Mazur who plays Castle’s ex-wife was originally intended to be a regular but instead is now only seen in the pilot. In the third episode entitled “Nanny McDead” features two of my favorite actors Jayne Brook and Sarah Drew as two ladies caught up in a murder. Also, in the original pilot, the character was named Nick, now it is Rick.
Here is a sneak peek with Patterson, Castle, and Cannell:
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The Plot in My Words: In the pilot, Rick Castle has just released his last book in a series with a best selling character and know one knows why he killed the character. Castle is living the high life but is secretly having writer’s block and his daughter (Molly Quinn) and mom (Susan Sullivan) can’t help. His world however is turned upside down when a killer is recreating some of his books and the police bring him into help the investigation. The team is lead by Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) and she is a lonely but hard as a rock officer who does not like distractions. She is one of the leading detective in the NYPD and you start to know why. The team of hers (Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever) and her boss (Roy Montgomery) are amused by how much she is distracted by Castle. After the killer is caught, Castle uses his powers with the Mayor to get a spot on the team while he develops his new character for his novels, a hard nosed detective, just like Beckett! The format of the series continues to be the relationship between Beckett and Castle and how they get things done. Also explored is Castle personally life at home.
The Good… Castle is a show that mixes the fun with the serious well. The best part of the show is Nathan Fillion and is fun quirky charm that makes the character so likable. The other part that is so fun is in two words…Susan Sullivan. I have been a fan of Susan since Dharma and Greg, and she is such a fun character in the show. In the pilot she is seen taking men home late at night and being more frisky than Rick. Very fun stuff, however….
The Not so Good… The chemistry between Beckett and Castle is just not there, but is close. The scenes between the two feel forced especially in the pilot, but maybe that was just under the circumstances. The third is much better and the show gelled much better. Also, the show is set in New York City but is filmed in LA after the pilot. Why? With the new benifits for filming in NYC it would be just about the same to film there. The difference is notable compared to the pilot with other episodes and I hope they make the adjustment if they get picked up for a second season.
Overall: Castle is a show that was fun and enjoyable but lacks in some areas. Those areas can definitely be worked out with time and the only way to give it time is too watch. I urge you to check it out and enjoy what could be a great new procedural, one that ABC desperately needs. It is a project that is simmering below the surface, and come to the top with time!