Exclusive Interview: CASTLE creator Andrew W. Marlowe tears down the cop show walls

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 3 - "The Dead Pool" | ©2011 ABC/Matt Kennedy

On ABC’s hit Monday night series CASTLE, currently in its third season and already renewed for a fourth, Nathan Fillion plays wealthy, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle, who gains inspiration for his new heroine Nikki Heat by following around and helping, exasperating and flirting with NYPD detective Kate Beckett, portrayed by Stana Katic. CASTLE was created by Andrew W. Marlowe, who serves as show runner and executive producer (with Laurie Zaks). In this exclusive interview, we talk with Marlowe about all things CASTLE. ASSIGNMENT X: What was the genesis of CASTLE? ANDREW W. MARLOWE: Well, I was primarily a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUPER

SUPER movie poster | ©2011 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 1, 2011 There is nothing whatsoever wrong with being part of a subgenre. For example, despite the existence of ALIEN, it’s perfectly possible to make a terrific new movie about scary extraterrestrials – which SUPER writer/director James Gunn actually did a few years back with his horror comedy SLITHER. Gunn’s new film SUPER fits into the non-super-powered superhero genre. The giant monolith in this field is obviously BATMAN, but SUPER belongs to an even smaller […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 3 – “Law & Murder”

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 3 - "Law & Order" | ©2011 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones Writer: Terence Paul Winter Director: Jeff Blecker Network: ABC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 28, 2011 It’s the big dramatic moment in the courtroom in the CASTLE episode “Law & Murder”.  District Attorney Lou Karnacki (Bruce Davison) is making his closing argument, when one of the jurors starts convulsing, then bursts out of the jury box and collapses. Meanwhile, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is saying good-bye to his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn). Only Castle gets the inkling that Alexis is not telling the […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 3 – “One Life to Lose”

Jane Seymour in CASTLE - Season 3 - "One Life to Lose" | ©2011 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones Writer: Elizabeth Davis Director: David Barrett Network: ABC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 21, 2011 After nearly dying in each other’s arms twice in the CASTLE two-parter where we last left author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and homicide cop Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), this episode is back to business as usual, but in the good kind of way. It’s got the charm, some of the silliness and the warmth that make this whodunit so engaging. In “One Life to Lose,” the head writer […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 3 – “Countdown – Part 2”

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 3 - "Countdown - Part 2" | ©2011 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Ruben Hudson-Santiago, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Bill Roe Network: ABC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 28, 2011 Yikes! So last week on CASTLE, while on the hunt for a terrorist dirty bomb, we left Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) locked in a freezer with the stiff of one of the suspects. It was looking grim for our heroes, but, oh, come on. Didn’t this show get picked up for season 4 yet? Never mind all the crap about dirty bombs in the first […]Read On »

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Interview: For EPISODES star Mircea Monroe, It’s a good Morning

Mircea Monroe in EPISODES | ©2011 Showtime/Colin Hutton

In the Showtime series EPISODES, which has its first-season finale tonight, two British television writers, played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, come to Hollywood to oversee the American version of their hit English series. To say they experience culture shock is putting it mildly. Their British boarding school is turned into a sports team and their erudite main character is recast as Matt LeBlanc (playing himself playing the TV character). Mircea Monroe plays LeBlanc’s costar Morning Randolph, an actress in her late forties who has had so much work done that she looks like the youthful Monroe.   AX: […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – SEASON 3 – “Knockdown”

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 3 - "Knockdown" |&Copy 2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

“Knockdown” is not your typical episode of CASTLE. The usually light-hearted whodunnit with a hint of will they/won’t they goes to the dark side as Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) gets some more tidbits about her mother’s murder.

Oh, and things are heating up between her and writer/hanger on Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion), but forget cutesy romance, the heat has everything to do with why the wealthy best-selling author is spending so much time going out on homicide cases. Hint – it isn’t merely heat.

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about why it loves CASTLE & it’s 4th season renewal

Seamus Dever, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, Susan Sullivan in CASTLE - Season 3 | ©2010 ABC/Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee announced the fourth season renewal of CASTLE and spoke about why the show has proven to be such a success. “Like THE MIDDLE, I think CASTLE is an underrated show,” says Lee. “CASTLE showed its mettle and marks the target of our brand. It’s fun, entertaining, aspirational and bright. And it’s done fantastic against real competition.” CLICK HERE for more breaking TV news of the WINTER 2011 TCA’s

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Exclusive Interview: It’s all in the family for CASTLE stars Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn in CASTLE - Season Three - "Anatomy of a Murder" | ©2010 ABC/Jordin Althaus

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), mystery writer extraordinaire, is enjoying his third season of crime-solving on ABC’s Monday-night hit CASTLE. Castle is able to beguile most women – even Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the prickly NYPD detective he follows around for inspiration, is beginning to fall for him. But there are two females Castle can’t sneak anything past – his much-married Broadway actress mother Martha Rodgers, played by Susan Sullivan, and his bright teenaged daughter Alexis, played by Molly Quinn. They keep Castle honest and allow him to show enduring love and loyalty in his home life, even as he has […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Minear talks DRIVE, TERRIERS and more – Part 3

Mircea Monroe, Riley Smith, Melanie Lynskey, Emma Stone, Dylan Baker, Kristin Lehman, Nathan Fillion, Rochelle Aytes, Taryn Manning, Michael Hyatt, Kevin Alejandro and JD Pardo in DRIVE | ©Fox

Tim Minear created the Fox series DRIVE, which followed the participants in a secret, cross-country, high-stakes road race. DRIVE aired four episodes in April 2007, then was canceled with several completed episodes unaired. In the concluding portion of our exclusive three-part interview, Minear talks about DRIVE and the differences between running a show solo and in collaboration with creative partners. ASSIGNMENT X: As far as running your own show, working with Joss Whedon, working with Shawn Ryan – do you have a preference between being the person in charge, like you were on DRIVE, or working in collaboration? TIM MINEAR: […]Read On »

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