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CASTLE: Rise – SEASON PREMIERE

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BECKETT FIGHTS TO SURVIVE –
SEASON 4 OF “CASTLE” PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 19 ON ABC

“Rise” – In a riveting opening that picks up just moments after last season’s climactic finale, Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) fights for her life as Castle (Nathan Fillion), plagued by guilt over his role in the events, struggles to uncover who’s behind her brutal shooting. Meanwhile, back at the precinct, Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (John Huertas) have to adjust, as Victoria “Iron” Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24″) becomes the precinct’s new uncompromising Captain. The Season 4 premiere of “Castle” airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Guest Cast: Geoff Pierson as mystery man, Michael Dorn as police psychiatrist, Victor Webster as Josh Davidson, Scott Paulin as Jim Beckett, John M. Jackson as Rod Halstead and Larry Anderson as Dr. Kovaks.

“Rise” was written by Andrew Marlowe and directed by Rob Bowman.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, David Amann, Laurie Zaks and Armyan Bernstein.

“Castle” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com

PENNY JOHNSON JERALD JOINS ABC’S HIT SERIES “CASTLE” AS SERIES REGULAR

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Actress Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry Palmer on “24″) has joined the hit series “Castle” as a series regular for Season 4. She’ll make her debut in the season premiere, airing MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Jerald will play NYPD Police Captain Victoria Gates. Following the death in the Season 3 finale of Captain Roy Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), she’ll come to the station from Internal Affairs as his replacement. With the nickname “Iron Gates,” Gates is as by-the-book as they come, and she instantly has an issue with Castle – “He’s not a cop, he doesn’t belong.”

“Penny is an actress of extraordinary depth, versatility and experience. We are delighted to have her as a part of the ‘Castle’ family, and look forward to everything that she’s going to bring to the role,” said Andrew Marlowe, creator/executive producer of “Castle.”

Returning for Season 4 will be Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, and Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks, David Amann, and Armyan Bernstein.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com

CASTLE & BECKETT TRY TO SOLVE THE MURDER OF A MAN FOUND DEAD INSIDE A PIZZA OVEN, ON ABC’S “CASTLE”

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“Slice of Death” – Castle & Beckett work the case of a man found dead inside a pizza oven, but it turns out not to be someone associated with the restaurant – it was a reporter. Was his story, “The Pizza Wars,” enough to get him killed, or was it something much deeper than that?, on “Castle,” MONDAY, APRIL 4 (10:01-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, 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.

Guest Cast: Gary Basaraba as Ralph Carbone, Peter Onorati as Sal Malavolta, John Ciccolini as Vinnie Delfino, Joe Guzaldo as Luca Sabalini, Liz Vassey as Monica Wyatt, Gregg Daniel as Walt Shaw, Darin Brooks as Nick Jr., Beth Behrs as Ginger, Alton Clemente as server and Stephan Smith Collins as Harley.

“Slice of Death” was written by Scott Williams and directed by Steve Boyum.

“Castle” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com. Viewers can also follow the show via http://facebook.com/Castle and Twitter: Castle_ABC

CORBIN BERNSEN, REBECCA BUDIG, CAMERON MATHISON AND JANE SEYMOUR TO GUEST STAR IN SOAPS-THEMED STORYLINE ON ABC’S “CASTLE” THIS MARCH

February 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Corbin Bernsen (“The Young and the Restless,” “Psyche”), Rebecca Budig (“All My Children”), Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) and Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) will guest star on “Castle” for a soap opera-themed storyline to air in March (date TBA). “Castle” airs Mondays (10:001-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In the episode, entitled “One Life to Lose” (series star Nathan Fillion was on the daytime series “One Life to Live” as Joey Buchanan from 1994-1997 and on two episodes in 2007), a murder has been committed on the set of “Temptation Lane,” one of New York’s longest running soap operas. Sarah Cutler, the head writer on the soap, has been killed with a fire axe. Castle and Beckett quickly discover that the behind the scenes drama at “Temptation Lane” is just as scandalous as the fictitious storylines, and just about everyone would kill to get ahead. Ultimately, Castle’s unique skill set as a writer leads to a discovery about the killer and the secret he or she would do anything to protect.

Character teasers: Lance Buchanan (Bernsen), a rugged, self-assured, veteran actor on “Temptation Lane,” has a romantic history with Castle’s mother, Martha Rodgers; Mandy Bronson (Budig) is the young and gorgeous diva lead actress on the soap opera who is very aware of her sexuality and uses it to her advantage any chance she gets; Vince Bowers (Mathison) is the devastated husband of the victim, and as a director on “Temptation Lane” is very involved in the backstage drama; and Gloria Chambers (Seymour), the grieving mother of the murder victim, is revealed in a shocking twist to have a deep, dark secret that she’s desperate to keep.

Starring in “Castle” are Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, and Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks, David Amann, and Armyan Bernstein.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com

ABC ANNOUNCES EARLY PICK-UPS FOR NEXT SEASON

January 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“Castle,” “Cougar Town,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family”

And “Private Practice” Receive Early Pick-ups for the 2011-12 Season

ABC announced early pick-ups for the 2011-12 season of “Castle,” “Cougar Town,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Private Practice.”

A solid mix of promising new series and proven returning hits helped the network achieve a strong start to the 2010-11 TV season. Season to date among Adults 18-49, ABC delivers 4 of the Top 10 highest-rated TV shows, the most for any network, including the Top 2 scripted programs. In fact among young adults, the network claims TV’s No. 1 comedy (“Modern Family”), the No. 1 drama (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and the No. 1 unscripted series (“Dancing with the Stars”). In Total Viewers, the network airs 2 of the Top 4 programs, including America’s No. 1 most-watched TV show overall with “Dancing with the Stars.” Led by Emmy-winning “Modern Family,” ABC’s 2-hour Wednesday night comedy block continues to resonate with viewers in its second year, surging by 15% in Total Viewers and by 14% in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic from the same point last season.

“CASTLE”

When viewers first met Richard Castle — a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother — he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, a bright and aggressive homicide detective with a fascination for odd and offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Though they instantly clashed, sparks of another sort began to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle stepped in to help find the copycat killer. Once that initial case was solved, Castle and Beckett continued to investigate strange homicides in New York, combining Castle’s writer intuition and Beckett’s creative detective work.

The series stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe is creator/executive producer, with Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks, David Amann and Armyan Bernstein also executive producers.

“COUGAR TOWN”

Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb in her Golden Globe®-nominated role as a recently divorced mom in her forties facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life’s next chapter. Along for the journey are her son – a college freshman — ex-husband and friends who, together, make up her dysfunctional but supportive and caring extended family… even if they have a funny way of showing it sometimes.

“Cougar Town” stars Courteney Cox as Jules, Christa Miller as Ellie, Busy Philipps as Laurie, Dan Byrd as Travis, Josh Hopkins as Grayson, Ian Gomez as Andy and Brian Van Holt as Bobby and is executive produced by Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”), Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Kevin Biegel (“Scrubs”).

“GREY’S ANATOMY”

“Grey’s Anatomy” is the recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama, and multiple Emmy nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series.

The doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis – it’s in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship. Together they’re discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner.

“Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is an ABC Studios production.

“THE MIDDLE”

Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and working mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor in an attempt to get her family through each day intact. Her work life’s no easier. With her friend and co-worker, Bob, she struggles day to day as the least successful sales woman at the town’s only surviving car dealer. Frankie’s unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.

Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love, humor and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl, the oldest, is a teenage jock who eats them out of house and home and walks around the house in his underwear. Then there’s Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto – although she’s hoping her recent acceptance on the school’s beleaguered no-cut cross country team might just turn things around. And last is Brick, their quirky third-grader, who reads constantly, whispers to himself and has a best friend who’s his backpack. But through all the madness shines a loving family, and together, the Hecks are putting THE MIDDLE on the map.

“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Chris Kattan as Bob.

“The Middle” was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television.

“MODERN FAMILY”

ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit comedy “Modern Family” takes a modern and often hilarious look at the complications that come with being a family today. Jay Pritchett, with his much younger wife Gloria and her son Manny, sits as the patriarch of a large blended family that includes his grown daughter Claire, who has three kids of her own with her husband Phil, and a grown son Mitchell, who adopted a Vietnamese baby with his gay life partner Cameron. These three families are unique unto themselves, and together they give us a window into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted embrace of the modern family.

“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Ariel Winter as Alex, Nolan Gould as Luke and Rico Rodriguez as Manny.

The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are executive producers/creators.

“PRIVATE PRACTICE”

From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” comes the story of a team of gifted doctors working together to change the lives of their patients for the better as they look to one another for friendship and love.

The doctors of Oceanside Wellness and Pacific Wellcare work on the most difficult cases, patients whose medical needs often pose moral and ethical dilemmas. Though they may heatedly disagree at work, and though their personal lives may complicate matters, at the end of the day they are the best of friends , always ready to be there for each other.

“Private Practice” stars Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, Tim Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder, Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett, Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman, KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King, Brian Benben as Dr. Sheldon Wallace and Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, with Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett and Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner.

“Private Practice” was created by Shonda Rhimes and is executive-produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Mark Tinker, Steve Blackman and Craig Turk. “Private Practice” is an ABC Studios Production.

RICHARD CASTLE NOVEL TO DEBUT AT NO. 7 ON NYT BESTSELLERS LISTRICHARD CASTLE NOVEL TO DEBUT AT NO. 7 ON NYT BESTSELLERS LIST

October 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RICHARD CASTLE, LEAD CHARACTER ON ABC’S HIT SERIES “CASTLE,”
WILL HAVE HIS SECOND NOVEL — “NAKED HEAT” — ON THE NEW YORK TIMES
HARDCOVER FICTION BESTSELLERS LIST AT NO. 7, COMING OUT OCTOBER 17

Second “Castle” Novel from Hyperion was Released September 28

Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion), the lead character on “Castle” – ABC’s hit series airing Monday nights (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) — will have his second novel, “Naked Heat,” debut at No. 7 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestsellers list for Sunday, October 17. “Naked Heat” is the thrilling sequel to Castle’s “Heat Wave” – which has more than 200,000 copies in print (after 10 printings) and spent 16 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list when published last fall.

“Naked Heat” is Castle’s second mystery novel to feature Nikki Heat, a tough, sexy and professional detective based on NYPD Homicide Detective Kate Beckett, with whom Castle solves crimes and trades barbs from case to case. The two are no strangers to innuendos and unfulfilled sexual tension while trailing murderers.

“Castle” stars Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, and Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks, David Amann, and Armyan Bernstein.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com. Viewers can also follow the show via http://facebook.com/Castle and Twitter: Castle_ABC

LYLE LOVETT TO GUEST STAR ON ABC’S “CASTLE” IN NOVEMBER

September 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Singer and actor Lyle Lovett (“The Player,” “The Opposite of Sex”) will guest star on “Castle” for an episode to air in November (date TBA). Lovett will play Agent Darryl Shafer, a larger than life yet shadowy government figure who plays his cards close to the chest. “Castle” airs Mondays (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

In story, after an astrophysicist’s body is found in her car, the victim of explosive decompression, there can be only two possible causes: Either she was killed in a decompression chamber or she died in the vacuum of space. Given that the latter explanation points to something otherworldly, Castle and Beckett focus their investigation here on Earth, but are confronted with evidence that keeps pointing them back to the impossible — alien abduction. Then Shafer arrives, but is he protecting National Security or covering up some deeper, darker secret? Whatever the case, he’s not sharing what he knows. Soon Castle and Beckett learn the startling truth about the victim’s research and her recent astonishing discovery, and have to team with the Shafer to unmask the real killer before he disappears with secrets that, if revealed, could challenge everything we currently believe.

Starring in the series are Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, and Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks, David Amann, and Armyan Bernstein.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com

ABC WINS THE OPENING NIGHT OF THE SEASON WITH ITS MOST-WATCHED SEASON-PREMIERE MONDAY IN 11 YEARS

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC Wins the Opening Night of the Season, Generating
Its Most-Watched Season-Premiere Monday in 11 Years

Surging Year to Year, “Dancing with the Stars” is Monday’s No. 1 TV Show

“DWTS” Marks its Top Fall Opener in 3 Years in Adults 18-34 and Best-Ever in Teens

Building Sharply on its Year-Ago Premiere, ABC’s “Castle” Logs
The Series’ Top Telecast Since April in Viewers and Young Adults

Monday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)
ABC won the opening night of the 2010-11 TV Season in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, outpacing second-place CBS by 5.8 million viewers (17.7 million vs. 11.9 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (4.2/11 vs. 3.8/10).

* ABC posted its most-watched season premiere Monday in 11 years – since 1999.

“Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
Surging over its year-ago season premiere by an impressive 18% in Total Viewers (21.0 million vs. 17.8 million) and by 22% in Adults 18-49 (5.0/13 vs. 4.1/10), ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” opened its 11th season as Monday’s No. 1 TV show in viewers and young adults. Dominating its 2-hour time slot, “DWTS” topped its nearest competition (CBS’ comedy block = 11.0 million and 3.9/10) by 10.0 million viewers and by 28% in Adults 18-49.

* Attracting a younger audience, “DWTS” marked its highest-rated Fall premiere in 3 years (since 2007) in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34 (3.8/11-tie and 5.8/15, respectively), while hitting its best-ever Fall opener in Teens 12-17 (2.8/10).

“Castle” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Opposite CBS’ highly-promoted debut of “Hawaii Five-0″ in the final hour of the night, the third-season opener of “Castle” beat out NBC’s debut of “Chase” by 3.3 million viewers (11.2 million vs. 7.9 million) and by 12% in Adults 18-49 (2.8/8 vs. 2.5/7). “Castle” finished No. 1 the 10 o’clock hour, beating “Hawaii Five-0″ among Women 18-34 (2.9/8 vs. 2.6/7).

* ABC’s “Castle jumped over its year-ago season opener (9.3 million and 2.3/6 on 9/21/09) in Total Viewers (+20%) and Adults 18-49 (+22%). In fact the ABC drama series marked its biggest numbers since April in viewers and young adults – since 4/12/10.

* Please note that “Castle” was one of TV’s top gainers in the 10 o’clock hour last season via recorded playback. “Castle” generates substantial increases over its first-reported numbers through DVR playback, picking up an average 1.8 million viewers and an additional 6-tenths of an Adult 18-49 rating point (+23%) from the initially-reported Live + Same Day Numbers to the Live + 7 Day DVR finals (based on original telecasts for the 2009-10 TV Season).

A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 38% currently, from 32% at the same point in 2009. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.

Source: Nielsen Media Research (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day Ratings), 9/20/10.

Castle – The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Another exciting and fun-filled season of “Castle”!    Season two features episodes that are well-written, well-acted and more character utilization (including special guest appearances).  If you are a big fan of the series, “Castle – The Complete Second Series” is a pretty solid with 24-episodes and a good number of special features.  Definitely recommended!

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DVD TITLE: CASTLE – The Complete Second Season

TELEVISION AIR DATE: 2009-2010

DURATION: 24 episodes (1018 minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, French and Spanish Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010

Created by Andrew J. Marlowe

Directed by Rob Bowman, Bryan Spicer, John Terlesky, Bill Roe, Thomas J. Wright

Written by Andrew J. Marlow, David Grae, Alexi Hawley, Elizabeth Davis, Moira Kirland, Terence Paul Winter, Will Beall, Terri Miller, Rene Echevarria, Jose Molina

Executive Producer: Rob Bowman, Andrew W. Marlowe, Laurie Zaks, Rene Echevarria, Marc A. Kahn, Terri Miller

Co-Executive Producer: Gabrielle G. Stanton, Harry Werksman

Producer: D. Howard Grigsby, David Grae

Co-Producer: Marc A. Kahn, Terri Miller

Music by Robert Duncan

Cinematography by Bill Roe

Edited by Warren Bowman, Sue Blainey, Marta Evry

Casting by Kendra Castleberry, Donna Rosenstein

Production Design by Alfred Sole

Art Direction by Jim Wallis, Gershon Ginsburg

Set Decoration by Christopher Marsteller

Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr.

 

Starring:

Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle

Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett

Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers

Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery

Molly C. Quinn as Alexis Castle

Jon Huertas as Detective Javier Esposito

Seamus Dever as Detective Kevin Ryan

Tamala Jones as Dr. Lanie Parish

Bailey Chase as WIll Sorenson

Dan Castellaneta as Judge Markway

Joseph C. Phillips as Mayor

Dana Delany as Special Agent Jordan Shaw

Michael Trucco as Detective Tom Demming

Castle and Beckett’s unconventional partnership and banter creates humorous situations and romantic tension unlike anything on TV. During this past season, Castle and Beckett’s relationship has grown stronger as they’ve dodged bullets, captured killers, and solved countless murder cases in their unorthodox partnership. But by the Season Two finale, Beckett’s new relationship with a robbery detective has pushed Castle away, forcing them both to confront their feelings for one another. When Castle leaves to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, Naked Heat, Beckett has to watch him walk away, unable to express her true feelings and unsure whether he will return to the precinct.

Witty, suspenseful and fresh! The first season of “CASTLE” is the modern “Moonlighting” featuring a cool cast and each episode with an entertaining storyline.

“CASTLE” debuted on ABC as a mid-season replacement and began airing on March 2009. Created by Andrew M. Marlowe (“Air Force One”, “End of Days” and “Hollyw Man”) and executive produced by Rob Bowman (“The A-Team”, “The X-Files”, “Day Break”) comes a new drama series on crime solving.

The first season which featured 10 episodes stars actor Nathan Fillion (“Firefly”, “Drive” and “Desperate Housewives”) as Richard Castle. The famous mystery novelist who is adored by many but behind-the-scenes, he is a playboy who has an on-and-off fling with his ex-wife (who is an actress), another ex-wife who is his publisher and lives with his bright teenage daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn, “My One and Only”) and his meddlesome mother and former Broadway actress, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan, “The Nine”, “Dharma & Greg”).

There is a lot of pressure on Nathan to create another book and with him stuck, his luck starts to change when he meets by-the-book Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic, “Heroes”, “The Spirit”, “Quantum of Solace”) who is investigating several murders which have taken place and the way that they were done were like the murders featured in several of his novels. Because of his knowledge of how things end up with his books, he gets the opportunity to assist the detectives in their case.

Eventually, Richard Castle discovers that he can do several things in his life. Write his new book based on Detective Beckett, see if he can woo Detective Beckett and most of all to investigate other murders which he can incorporate ideas for his new book. At first, it seems implausible but with Castle being so well-known and friends with the mayor, Captain Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Huds0n) will do what he can to make the mayor and his boss happy, so he allows Richard to tag along with Detective Beckett.

Needless to say, she’s not happy about it but with his skills of mystery writing and her skills as a detective, the two find out that together, they can be an effective duo in crime solving. Also, joining Beckett are Detective Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas), Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and forensics doctor Dr. Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones).

In the first season, Detective Beckett and Richard Castle have worked together in handling various cases.  But one case that Richard would like to investigate is the death of Detective Beckett’s mother but Beckett doesn’t want him getting into her personal business.

In the second season, Richard continues to work with Dr. Beckett and together they try to solve a variety of murder cases including one that deals with a serial killer going after Detective Beckett.  This season also shows us how Castle and Beckett seem to  start showing some affection towards each other but in the process, Beckett becomes closer with Detective Demming.

“CASTLE – The Complete Second Season” features 24 episodes on five discs. Included are (spoiler-less summaries):

DISC: 1

  • EPISODE 11 – Deep In Death - Castle and Beckett go into the underground of the Chinese and Russian mafia to find out why one would try to steal a dead man.
  • EPISODE 12 – The Double Down – Two murders and somehow they are connected or are they?
  • EPISODE 13 – Inventing the Girl – A model is found murdered and Nathan helps Dr. Beckett find the killer.
  • EPISODE 14 – Feel Me Once… - Castle and Beckett investigate the mysterious death of an Arctic explorer.
  • EPISODE 15 – When the Bough Breaks – It’s the day before the release of “Nikki Heat” and Castle’s agent has an offer that he probably can’t refuse and it will mean an end to working with Beckett.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 16 – Vampire Weekend – It’s Halloween time and a man is found murdered with a stake through his heart and he was wearing fangs.  Castle and Beckett investigate the murder.
  • EPISODE 17 – Famous Last Words – Castle and Beckett investigate a rock star’s death but how she died is similar to the way she dies in her own music video.
  • EPISODE 18 – Kill the Messenger – Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a bike messenger.
  • EPISODE 19 – Love Me Dead – Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of an assistant District Attorney.
  • EPISODE 20 – One Man’s Treasure – Castle and Beckett investigate a death of a man who was stuffed down a garbage chute.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 21 – The Fifth Bullet – Castle and Beckett investigate an art dealer who was shot and killed.  But a bullet is missing from the crime scene and now they look for the missing bullet.
  • EPISODE 22 – A Rose For Everafter – Detective Beckett and Castle investigate the death of a bridesmaid at a wedding but finds out the bride is his former girlfriend (played by Alyssa Milano).
  • EPISODE 23 – Sucker Punch – Detective Beckett and Castle investigate the death of an Irish mobster and the killer may be involved in the death of Beckett’s mother.
  • EPISODE 24 – The Third Man – Detective Beckett and Castle investigate the murder of a man found at the vacation home of a family.  Castle is nominated as one of New York’s 10 most eligible bachelors.
  • EPISODE 25 – The Suicide Squeeze – With the death of a baseball star who came back from Cuba, both Beckett and Castle come in contact with former Yankees coach Joe Torre.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 26 – The Mistress Always Spanks Twice – A half-naked woman has been murdered and she was found hanging with bondage cuffs and covered in caramel.  Now Castle and Beckett must find out who killed her.
  • EPISODE 27 – Tick, Tick, Tick… – Detective Beckett and Rick Castle work with the FBI to catch a serial killer using Castle’s book “Nikki Heat”. (Agent Shaw is played by Dana Delany)
  • EPISODE 28 – Boom! – The second part of the story as Beckett’s apartment has exploded and proof that the serial killer is still alive.  Now the two along with Agent Shaw (Dana Delany) must find him.
  • EPISODE 29 – Wrapped Up In Death – The assistant curator of the Natural History Museum has been killed and Castle and Beckett investigate.
  • EPISODE 30 – The Late Shaft – Castle promotes his new book “Heat Wave” on a late-night talk show and during commercial break, the host tells Castle that someone wants him dead.  And sure enough, the TV host (played by Tom Bergeron) was found dead the following day.  Castle and Beckett investigate the murder.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 31 – Den of Thieves – Castle and Beckett investigate a murder of a thief and find out that Detective Esposito may be involved.
  • EPISODE 32 – Food to Die For – A former contestant of the reality TV show “Kitchen Wars” has been killed and Beckett and Castle investigate.
  • EPISODE 33 – Overkill – Detective. Demming assists Beckett on her case but both Castle and Demming vie for her attention and Castle is learning that his time with Beckett is decreasing.
  • EPISODE 34 – A Deadly Game – Detective Beckett has a relationship with Detective Demming and Castle can’t stand it.  Meanwhile, the two are working to find out who assassinated an intelligent operative.

VIDEO:

“CASTLE – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) and is enhanced for 16×9 televisions. The drama series is quite slick as it gives you the feel of New York and like many abc studios related DVD releases, Disney has always done a good job with their TV show transfers. A show that balances outdoor and indoor shots with good lighting, the picture quality for “CASTLE” is pretty solid. I didn’t see any major artifacting issues or low level noise that was distracting.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

As for the audio, the series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The series is front and center channel driven with a few episodes (that involve gun fights) utilizing the surround channels. The series does utilize quite a bit of music and for the most, the series is understandable and clear.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“CASTLE – The Complete Second Season” includes the following special features:

 

DISC 5:

  • On Set With Seamus & Jon – (7:39) Interviews with Seamus Deaver (Detective Kevin Ryan) and Jon Huertas (Detective Javier Esposito) giving a tour of the set of “Castle”.
  • On Location With Nathan – (6:50) Featuring Nathan Fillion showing us the crew of “Castle” on location.  From those working in audio, craft services, assistant directors, transpo drivers, set production, props, etc.
  • Manhattan’s Most Unusual Murders -(7:57) Creator/executive producer Andrew Marlowe along with other executive producers, writers, director and cast as they talk about coming up with interesting, unusual and innovative murder cases each week for Castle.
  • Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes – (2:36) Outtakes from season 2 of “Castle”.
  • Deleted Scenes – (9:07) Featuring three deleted scenes: Take 5, More Morlock and Alibi & Timeline.
  • Music Videos – (2:37) First season bloopers.

“CASTLE” continues to be a fun and entertaining detective series.  Despite not being a detective, popular crime author Rick Castle is very good at solving cases and assisting Detective Beckett with her cases.  And through the first season, we know that sooner or later, the sparks are going to fly between the two characters (or will they?).

Both Rick Castle and Detective Kate Beckett are just polar opposites but you know that there is this sexual attraction there that makes their chemistry work onscreen. In a way, both are like Bruce Wayne (Batman) in the way they are keen in investigating things. Castle, as a mystery writer and having done a lot of research, puts himself in the shoes of the criminal and thinks of the many possibilities that can exist between the characters.  Detective Beckett, almost having a similar tragic Bruce Wayne story is a by-the-book detective and for the most part, have their unique way of feeding off each other in terms of handling a case.

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic do a great job and have good chemistry onscreen.   Especially the number of verbal quips that writers have included this season for the characters. Here are a few examples from this season:

Castle: If something were to happen to me I want you to watch out for Alexis. She looks up to you, and if a worth man would get frisky you can shoot them.
Beckett: Nothing is gonna happen to you.
Castle: But if it does…?
Beckett: Ok.
Castle: And would you also go into my closet and get rid of my porn collection before she finds it?
Esposito: Don’t worry, Bro. I got you covered in that.

Castle: I knew there was something I didn’t like about him. Too pretty. Bet he takes yoga classes just so he can pick up girls… Probably subscribes to The New Yorker but doesn’t even read it… just leaves a copy layin’ out where people can see it.

Castle: Do you believe people get what they deserve?
Beckett: Well, if they do then I must have done something terrible to be punished with you.
Castle: Funny.

Beckett: You know Castle, sometimes I forget that you have such a capacity for pure innocence in your life.
Castle: Yeah, plus it was a great place to pickup chicks.
Beckett: Then you open your mouth and you ruin it.

Very hilarious season and the writing is also top notch.   The murder cases were absolutely interesting this season and I have to say that the more serious serial killer two-part storyline was fantastic and would love to see more of those serious storylines for season three.

With that being said, I often wonder where the characters of Castle and Beckett will go.  For season two, things are now becoming a little bit like “Moonlighting” (for those who remember the 1995-1998 detective series with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis) in which there is sexual attraction and viewers are teased of when these two will actually hook up.  But whereas the hookup pretty much spelled the end of “Moonlighting”, hopefully “Castle” writers manages to do something different.   Personally, I liked where this Demming/Beckett story is going, especially seeing how Castle reacts with it.  Maybe Castle will find another woman in his life and it will be interesting to see how Beckett likes it.

Aside from the Castle/Beckett sexual tension of the season and the unique murder cases, season two also features more storylines involving characters Detective Esposito and Detective Ryan which was very cool.   It’s great to see the writers stepping things up and to tell you the truth, nothing wrong with adding a few more characters into the mix.  Would love to see another female detective (possible rival to Beckett).

This season also featured more Lanie Parish and very little of Captain Roy Montgomery.  It would be great to see the writers utilize these characters a bit more.    But overall, I’m glad the writers did utilize more characters in this season.  I definitely enjoyed the addition of Detective Tom Demming (Michael Trucco, “Battlestar Galactica”) and I felt the storyline involving the serial killer and Special Agent Jordan Shaw (Dana Delany) were fantastic!  But with Delany busy with “Desperate Housewives”, I doubt we are going to see more of her anytime soon.  And I definitely enjoy the storylines that involve Castle’s daughter Alexis and meddling mother Martha.  Although, it will be interesting to see a storyline that involves Alexis, that would be a great emotional storyline for Castle as his family’s life hasn’t really been pulled into anything serious.

But with two season’s playing it safe (despite season two’s exciting serial killer episodes), I get a feeling that season three may get a bit serious and possibly episodes leading to tragedy.  Dare I say it, with the majority of ALL  ABC drama series pulling the tragedy card this past season with the exception of “Castle”, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Castle” did the same for season three.

As for the DVD, “Castle – The Complete Second Season” is once again, another solid release.   Where the first season DVD box set, all we got was only ten episodes, we did get a good amount of special features including audio commentary.  With this season being 24-episode long, we get no commentary and several special features.    Also, the few special features on this second season DVD box set features Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever but yet nothing on Stana Katic.  What’s up with that?  I’ll let it slide this time around but let’s have a Stana Katic special feature for next seasons DVD box set!

Overall, “CASTLE – The Complete Second Season” is another humorous, exciting and fun series and I look forward to the third season.  Definitely recommended!

NATHAN FILLION AND STANA KATIC RETURN FOR SEASON THREE OF “CASTLE,” PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 20 ON ABC

September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

When the new season of “Castle” begins, Beckett hasn’t heard from Castle since he left for the Hamptons months ago to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, “Naked Heat” (on sale September 28). The most Beckett, Ryan and Esposito have seen of Castle is a bookstore standee of him advertising an upcoming book signing. So when Beckett and her team burst into a shadowy apartment on the trail of a murderer, the last thing they expect to see is the real-life Castle standing over a dead woman’s body holding a gun! As Castle protests his innocence, Beckett has no choice but to arrest him on suspicion of murder, on the Season Three premiere of “Castle,” MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

A review screener and clips from this episode will be posted at www.abcmedianet.com.

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, 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.

Guest Cast: Michael Rady as Evan Murphy, Charlene Amoia as Ana Marie, Gino Cafarelli as Dean Carbino, Justice Gamble as bartender, Lisa O’Hare as Kitty Canary, Craig Gellis as Earl Moreland.

“A Deadly Affair” was written by Andrew Marlowe and directed by Rob Bowman.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe is creator/executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks and David Amann.

“Castle” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

“Naked Heat” (out September 28) is the thrilling sequel to Richard Castle’s “Heat Wave,” which spent 16 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list when it was published last fall. This is Castle’s second mystery novel to feature Nikki Heat, a tough, sexy and professional detective based on NYPD Homicide Detective Kate Beckett, with whom Castle solves crimes and trades barbs from one case to the next. The two are no strangers to innuendos and unfulfilled sexual tension while trailing murderers.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com. Viewers can also follow the show via http://facebook.com/Castle and Twitter: Castle_ABC

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