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Untitled Richard Castle Book 2 Coming September 2010

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ABC and Hyperion have announced that, due to the success of Heat Wave, they are planning a second collaboration to bring another Richard Castle book to print. Normally, I wouldn’t mention an announcement like this, but I think there is an important thing to point out here. Broadcast networks are facing more serious competition than ever from cable and online offerings, so I think it’s great to see them getting more creative in the kind of cross-channel partnerships they are developing. Just think, a new show that is trying to build an audience gets a surge when a bestselling book brings an injection of new viewers at the key time when the network is deciding whether or not to pick up the show for the season or renew. This is the kind of innovation that needs to be embraced more if new shows want more than two episodes to prove themselves.

Full press release at


January 12, 2010 Posted by | Drama, Renewed, Television | , , , , | 2 Comments

Are you watching Castle?

My bias against new shows that premiere in the spring is not something I try to hide, but after watching the first six episodes of Castle last weekend, it may be something I need to change.

I put Castle on my first grid last fall because the premise sounded like a lot of fun. I was disappointed when the show was pushed back to spring, since that usually means the network has written it off. Based on the amount of promotion ABC is doing, it looks like support is not an issue.

We’ve seen the copycat serial killer bit before, but having the author stick around is something new.┬áNathan Fillion is perfect as the smartass, handsome, and slightly slimy Richard Castle–bestselling author, single dad, and ladies’ man. As much as I think Fillion is perfect for the role, I think Stana Katic is even better suited for her hard-ass detective, Kate Beckett. Katic has had many small roles on television and in film, but she performs like a seasoned veteran. Relative newcomer Molly Quinn is also excellent as Castle’s daughter Alexis, a sort of conscience/reality check for Castle’s impulsive nature.

The great news I just saw is that Michael Ausiello has upgraded Castle from “could go either way” to “a safe bet” on his Fall TV Cheat Sheet. I highly recommend getting on board with this one, and you can catch up at ABC’s website since they aren’t fully connected to Hulu yet.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Drama, New Series, Television | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments