Barbara Vey -- August 11th, 2009

Castle tv show
Last night I watched Castle on tv for the first time.  Not sure how I missed this one.  For those of you who haven’t heard of this novelist crime fighter, ABC describes the show as:

… a 1 hour witty drama based on a famous crime and horror novelist who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes.

Richard “Rick” Castle [Nathan Fillion], a rock star of the literary world, is suffering from a case of writers block after killing off the main character in his novels and is struggling to come up with a replacement.

Castle had grown weary of having it all, “fame, fans and females”, when he was approached by the attractive Detective Kate Beckett [Stana Katic] of the NYPD to help catch the copy-cat killer staging murders based on scenes from his novels.

Castle is not a traditional investigator and his approach to solving the crimes conflicts with Beckett’s conservative approach leading to much tension and a hint of romance.

Keeping Castle grounded are his mother [Susan Sullivan], teenage daughter Alexis [Molly C. Quinn], poker playing friends James Patterson, Sue Grafton, and Stephen King and his ex wife Gina [Monet Mazur] who is also his editor.

Richard Castle
It hooked me enough that I went back to watch the pilot episode, but could only find the first 13 minutes of it online.  I know I’ll go back for more.   There’s also a novel out now by "Richard Castle" and I’m interested in seeing how it does.  The show was cute and clever (nice touch using real authors), but I’d really like to know how many authors are asked to autograph women’s breasts.

And, if you had the chance to hang around real cops and solve mysteries…would you?  I mean really, with dead bodies and everything.

Bottom Line:  I’ll stick with the books and occasional tv show…no real life stuff for me.

36 thoughts on “Castle

  1. Rayna Vause

    Hi Barbara, I love Castle. I’m totally hooked on it. Nathan Fillion is terrific. The series so much fun. I knew they were planning on having Sue Grafton in season 2, but I hadn’t heard about Stephen King. How cool. Really looking forward to to season premier. I haven’t been asked to sign any body parts unless they were in a plaster cast, but I’m sure some author out there has had the opportunity. As to hanging around with cops and real dead bodies. Being part of the investigative process might be interesting. The dead bodies…well it depends on the gore level. Rayna


    Monet Mazur may play Castle’s editor but she’s not his ex-wife (unless he has more than one). Daughter Alexis’s mother is materialistic Z-grade actress Meredith (played by Darby Stanchfield), who lives out in L.A. One of the funniest episodes is when she comes back to Manhattan and Rick is terrified that she wants to make it a permanent arrangement. Very curious to see how the 2nd season will proceed considering the revelations of the season 1 ender.

  3. Alana Abbott

    While I don’t think that many authors are actually asked to autograph body parts (though I’ve seen stranger things at conventions), I do think the writers for Castle have a lot of fun comparing parts of the writing process to solving mysteries. There’s one episode where Castle and Beckett walk around an apartment, working out what must have happened in one of the murder cases — it feels a little like Clue and a little like the type of work I’ve actually done when trying to figure out how a scene would work! My husband will very kindly play along as I pace out how two characters are moving and interacting, so I can get a feel for the physical space in which they’re interacting. It’s that type of thing that keeps me coming back week after week. (Besides the show just being funny and well acted!)

  4. Gina

    @Christine: Monet Mazur may play Castle’s editor but she’s not his ex-wife (unless he has more than one). Yes he has more than one. The editor / ex wife story was part of the pilot episode when he’s at the book signing. Alexis mother was a seperate episode later in season 1 and she’ll be making a reappearance in season 2 as well..


    I twittered about this just last night. I love CASTLE and don’t care how predictable it might seem to some .. it’s quite entertaining to me. I love the verbal sparring and tension between those two :) I think the new season starts next week.

  6. LeeAnn Lessard

    I was hooked from the first show. I loved the dialogue and the dynamics of the different characters. Plus Nathan Fillion is easy on the eyes;) Nancy if you get the new season next week I’m going to be so jealous. In Canada that won’t happen until next month.

  7. Addison Fox

    I agree with all the comments – I’ve been hooked on this show since the pilot. I’ve loved Nathan Fillion since he was on “One Life to Live” and the chemistry between him and Stana Katic is fantastic. The show is a lot of fun – I’m thrilled it’s coming back in September. Addison

  8. Holly Jacobs

    Barbara, Nathan Fillion…I’d watch him read the phonebook. Love him! As for having a chance to hang with a cop…I’m married to one, so got that locked down! But he’s never asked for my help solving a murder…what’s with that??? Holly

  9. Gayle Carline

    What’s really fun has been to watch Castle on Monday nights, then tune in to The Graveyard Shift (Lee Lofland’s blog) on Tuesday mornings. He reviews what did and didn’t work as far as police procedures go. Great information! P.S. He loves the show, but he uses it as an example of when procedure is sacrificed for thrills.

  10. Blythe Gifford

    I discovered this show in reruns and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Reruns continue Monday nights until season premiere September 21. (I think.) This show lives in the realm of Remington Steele and Moonlighting for me. I’ve been talking it up everywhere.

  11. Mary Buckham

    Barbara — where do you find the time to watch TV with your travel schedule? Okay – inquiring minds want to know. Must track down the DVD [gave up TV some time back and haven't missed it] but would find being married to a cop fascinating and frustrating — what do you mean you don’t want my help! Great blog as always! ~~ Mary B :-0

  12. Linda has some episodes of Castle Also 1st Chapter of Richard Castle’s book “Heat Wave” now online. I believe 10 chapters to be released online new one each Monday then hardback release. USA Castle in Summer reruns Mondays and Saturday 2nd season starts Mon Sep 21 10/9c Castle twitter mystery happening at Don’t have to be a twitter member to read it.

  13. Terry Odell

    Adding to Gayle’s comment. Lee Lofland’s blog was a must after watching Castle. If you don’t know of his Graveyard Shift, it’s here and you can find his recaps in the “Castle Reviews” category in the right sidebar (they’ll post in reverse chronological order, though). For the record, his take on Castle was that it was a comedy.

  14. violet s

    Good morning Barbara! I will have to see this series now; it sounds so interesting from your description! I don’t think though that art imitates life in this case (no writers at crime scenes etc.); I would vote no.

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