Friday, August 1, 2014
Castle’s sixth season ended in a way many fans didn’t expect: instead of Castle and Beckett tying the knot, he disappeared on the way to their wedding…and was presumed dead. But since the show is called CASTLE, it’s fairly safe to say the show won’t be going down that tragic path.
To get a little bit of insight into what’s to come, I sat down with CASTLE creator, Andrew Marlowe, and new showrunner, David Amann, to talk about season 7, how Castle’s absence is impacting the people who care about him most, and more…
What can you preview about the premiere?
David Amann: It’s going to be dealing with the aftermath of what happened in the season finale. We have some really intriguing questions that are going to arise from this about what happened to Castle. So we’re going to raise some interesting questions for the next couple of episodes in terms of what happened to Castle and why. It opens us up for some great mythology opportunities for CASTLE that we’ll also be probably revisiting later in the season.
What can you tease about the state Castle will be in when we see him in the premiere?
Andrew Marlowe: In the opening episode, we’re going to be dealing with what happened to Castle, and the ramifications of it are something we’re going to be dealing with through the course of the season.
What we’re hoping to do, and the reason we’re excited — because we know some fans weren’t — by the way we ended last season, is it gave us an opportunity to open up a new mythology element, because we know where we’re going. And if the fans give us a couple of episodes, I think they’ll see that pay off.
In the first couple of episodes, we will be wrestling with the questions of what happened to Castle, and it’s important for us to communicate to the fans that we’re not doing anything to radically alter the trajectory of the Castle/Beckett relationship. These are two people who are very much in love, who are going to be challenged by something here, but we’re not saying this is going to tear them apart or anything. It’s just a new set of circumstances that is going to create a mystery that is going to be part of the upcoming season.
The whole season isn’t going to be filled up with it, though. We’re going to deal with it in the first couple of episodes, we’re going to get back to the kinds of CASTLE episodes that we all know and love and expect, with a relationship that has deeper understanding, and also deeper curiosity to it. And it’ll also take that relationship to a much more interesting place, we feel. And so we know the fans were a little bit like, “What are you guys doing?” We have something planned that we’re kind of excited about, and we hope that people come back and play along.
DA: When we get through episode two, we will resolve some questions of what happened to him, but not all of them. [The open questions] will be hanging out there in ways that can’t be pursued any further [for the meantime]. But our plan is that we will reopen it later on.
AM: Quite possibly in the [mid-season] two-parter.
How is Beckett holding up post-finale? We saw her grief in the immediate aftermath, but will she at least be able to put her head down and try to get to the bottom of everything?
DA: She’s committed to getting to the bottom of what happened with Castle. That’s really her focus and her mission. She’s going to do that, and she’s going to take that as far as she can go to get answers. That’s what she’s focused on.
How are Martha and Alexis dealing with Castle’s absence?
DA: They’ve had a really difficult time. In episode one, there’s a protracted investigation that doesn’t really yield any answers. So there’s several months of not having any answers of exactly what happened. They’re kind of a mess. They’re upset.
I’m curious, I know the dedications in the books Castle has written have often touched on where his relationship stands with Beckett currently on the show — if he’s missing at that point the next one is released, will the book’s dedication touch on his MIA status or what’s going on with him at all?
AM: I think it will be reflected in the acknowledgements, because Castle wasn’t around to write them. [Laughs] I think it’s a nice little Easter egg for fans to go out and buy the book and see certain aspects of that. I think they’ll get a kick out of it.
What fun cases are ahead that you can tease?
AM: We’re still putting stuff together…the first couple are playing off of [the finale resolution]. But we have a great episode coming up where it seems like our killer may be invisible. And, of course, our characters have a field day with that.
Is there any type of genre or pop culture phenomenon you’re really hoping to tackle this season?
DA: We have been talking for the last couple of seasons about wanting to do something that has a Western theme to it. That’s been on our radar for quite some time. It’s a delightful idea for a CASTLE episode, but we haven’t quite figured out what it is yet. It’s one of the things we’d like to land in a good way.
Is your dream cameo still Stephen King, Andrew?
AM: I’d love to get Stephen King.
He did UNDER THE DOME (which, admittedly, was based on a King book), so why not another Monday at 10 PM show?
AM: I know! It’d [also] be fun to get [William] Shatner on the show, wouldn’t it?
Absolutely. And hey, he’s following you on Twitter.
AM: Yeah…Stephen King would be awesome, I think Shatner would be awesome.
But the list of people that David and I want to work with, because we love television and we’re huge fans, there are a number of people I’d love to see on the show. I’d love to get [David] Duchovny on the show, because we have so many people who were X-FILES folks on our show. That would be a lot of fun.
But when you look at the TV landscape, there are so many brilliant people working. We have great people on our show. I know there are people who are jealous of the people who are on our show. You look at the folks out there, and there are lots of people you’d love to play with. We’re in this very rich time of television. We went through the Golden Age, people are calling it the Platinum Age, I think it’s now the Amex Black Card Age.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
What doesn’t kill Castle stands to make “Caskett” stronger. That’s the message from the ABC series’ new showrunner, David Amann, and creator Andrew W. Marlowe, both of whom spoke with TVLine Tuesday at a Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour soiree.
For starters, and to put a final nail in any scurrilous speculation, Amann was not promoted to showrunner in the name of “undoing” any perceived problems with the May finale, which left bride Beckett discovering the fiery wreckage of her groom’s car.
“Andrew and I have been working together since I arrived on the show five years ago,” Amann shared. “He’s still very much a part of the show and he’s going to be very much involved. The vision is going to remain the same.”
Meaning, Amann’s first order of business will not be to, for example, reveal in the September premiere that it was all just a dream. “No, that’s not what we’re going to be saying!” he affirms with a laugh. Adds Marlowe: “And when the fans see what we are doing, they’re going to be happy that it’s not a dream. We did what we did for a reason — to open up some new mythology, to have some really fun storytelling coming up. Those fans who are less-than-thrilled should reserve judgement until they see the first few shows of the season.”
Without revealing anything further about the who or why of Castle’s seemingly fatal car crash — other than to say the season premiere picks up immediately afterwards, with Beckett still in her wedding dress, distraught — Amann assures the show’s fans that the eventual impact on Rick and Kate’s romance will be an empowering one.
“We are as committed to their relationship as Castle and Beckett are — they are deeply in love and they have overcome a great many challenges already,” Amann says, “so whatever [has happened] is not going to tear them apart. If anything, it will make them stronger.”
Marlowe echoes Amann, teasing that “a lot of questions are going to be raised, but the two of them are going to face those questions together. We’re not looking to significantly alter the trajectory of their relationship or pull the rug out from under the audience. We’re looking to open up some really interesting aspects of storytelling for the Castle character, who hasn’t been as deeply explored as Beckett over the past six years — and we’re really excited by that opportunity.”
Thursday, June 26, 2014
When we sat down with Serbian-Canadian-American Stana Katic of the internationally famed TV series ‘Castle,’ we had no idea the response it would elicit from social media. Hundreds of likes, shares, re-tweets, comments and messages later from fans (both ours and her so-called ‘Stanatics’) we truly understand why this endearing woman has won the hearts of audiences globally.
Stana is a quirky, down to earth, warm, funny and deeply analytical woman…and of course, needless to say, GORGEOUS. Excerpt from the exclusive interview with Stana in Vouliagmeni.
Q: How do you like Greece, what is your impression? Has the reality of Athens been different than your expectations?
A: The people here are very generous, happy to share their language and culture. It’s been a real privilege. This is my first trip to Athens, in the past I have been to Thessaloniki. The architecture is much more modern in Athens than I anticipated and also the city is much more spread out. Greeks are so connected with the water. Everyone has to go to the beach. And people have been shocked that unfortunately I am not going to any of the islands on this trip. (Then, in her best, dead-on, thick Greek accent she says ‘And then they tell me…But this is not GREECE!’)
Q: So, this is your 7th season playing Beckett. She is now an integral part of you really. How do you relate to her? In what ways are you similar and in what ways are you different?
A: Other than looking alike (haha) I learn a lot from her. She’s very black and white. I am a little bit more hippie, rock n roll than she is. But in the recent seasons, she’s acquired this edge. I’m a bit more girly and goofy than she is. I admire her because she is a woman who is in charge of a Detective force. That’s bloody impressive–and she does it in heels!
Q: How has your role changed as an actress through the seasons?
A: As an actress over the years you learn a bit more stamina in terms of lifestyle. The grab bag of tools you have available to you improves–it evolves and you become more efficient. At the same time, as an actress on a show like this you have to be careful to not become complacent in the performance. It’s interesting as I have learned a lot year-to-year and have grown. It’s exciting to both play Beckett but also step away and play other characters during the hiatus, I am fortunate as I have a great balance of both. It’s nice to have the security of having a role that is so well received internationally but its also really wonderful, creatively fulfilling and inspiring to go work elsewhere with other creatives. As far as Beckett and her growth, she has developed colours and layers and they have opened her up–but they’ve had to, right? She’s a woman in authority and I believe women in this position have to wear all kinds of hats in their lives. We’ve been able to showcase all the sides of her: the vulnerable side, the romantic side, the playful side, the strong side and I think that’s very relate-able and believable. When it comes down to it, she’s emotionally driven because the murder of her mother is the reason she became a police officer. This gives her a strong quest for justice and makes her a more lethal force to contend with.
Q: Does it have its own type of pressure to have a lead role in such a successful series–personally and professionally?
A: The show wants to maintain a standard. The bar has been raised now as after six seasons, this last season was its best rated year which is very unusual and uncommon. I think everyone at the helm of that wants to keep it going at that level. Personally, I’m not driven by the show’s popularity of financial success. Success for me is something creatively inspiring and it can be anything–working with an amazing photographer, it could be music, it could be anything. It just has to be satiating creatively.
Q: Why do you think Castle has become the success it has? What contributes to?
A: It has a little bit of everything, it is like dessert after dinner—it has drama, romance, comedy and suspense. Each episode is like a finished package, people can come in after missing a week and pick up where they left off. It makes it easy to jump and jump out. The characters are alive, complex, unusual but believable.
Q: Can you tell us any spoilers or hints about Season 7?
A: They are currently writing the Season 7 script in LA so we are all riding the exact same wave! When I return in mid-July I will have the answer to this question but as of now, I don’t know a thing. The end of season 6 was so shocking even for myself so I have no idea how we are going to come away from that.
Q: Post Castle, what are your future plans and goals? Is there a specific role you would like to play?
A: I am open to seeing what happens next, I hope for roles that are engaging, interesting and constantly challenging. As an actress I hope for roles that will challenge audiences, I love vivid storytelling if I can dive into something that will be satisfying in that way, but I have no idea what sort of story I would like to take on next!
Q: What were you doing in Florence?
A: I am working on a film there right now called “The Tourist” that is centered around this game Calcio Storico (i.e. historic football). It has been played for hundreds of years in Italy and still is to this day. It’s a combination of football and battle–its very aggressive and rough. I play an American immigrant in Italy that has related to the lead character and opens a doorway for him to enter this sport.
Q: Favourite Movie?
A: ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘There Will Be Blood,’ ‘The Princess Bridge,’ and ‘City of God.’
Q: I heard you are quite the avid reader, what are you reading right now?
A: “A Story Lately Told” by Anjelica Huston and “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Q: I heard you have a project called ATP, could you elaborate on that?
A: Alternative Travel project is an initiative that I founded that aims to encourage people to get out of the bubble of their cars and to go car-free for one entire day. I founded it because LA is a very car centric culture and it makes it challenging for people to feel connected to a community–especially as a newcomer–and it separates and ostracizes people in a way. So ATP aims to encourage you to walk, cycle or use public transit for one day. People have been committing to it all over the world and it has positive effects on the environment, socially, etc.
For more info: http://www.alternativetravelproject.com/
Monday, June 23, 2014
A few days ago at AstirPalace, I was really lucky to meet the gorgeous and talented Stana Katic, star in “Castle” that I always watch on FOX Life (Can’t wait for the Season 6 finale!)
FOX International Channels Greece brought for the first time in Athens the talented actress!
I arrived at Arion Hotel wearing Evi Grintela “The Shirt Dress” shorts and lace top, Ancient Greek Sandals, Chanel necklace, Sunboo sunnies, Hermes bag and Collier de Chien bracelet! It was a hot sunny day with amazing sea view from the Hotel!
Few of your favorite designers??
I have big big big list! For basic, urban, street style I love Helmut Lang, whose clothes are easy to wear, accessible and you can wear them all day but they always look structured and formed! In general, for my everyday life, I like easy, elegant and effortless looking clothes, like Rag & Bone!
Alberta Ferretti’s dresses are amazing, dreamy, romantic, exotic and different! I also love the amazing gowns by Alexander McQueen whose talent was insane! Saint Laurent is also one of my favorites – always evolving and interesting because the clothes are always changing and look fresh and effortless!
Generally, I love to mix and match designers and different styles, wearing hi and low price clothes and accessories together!
Do you have a “say” on what clothes you wear on “Castle” or is this already established??
I have a very good collaboration with a great stylist on the show! The looks are inspired by the amazing Slim Keith from the 40s! She is the reason that the director, producer and screenwriter Howard Hawks created Lauren Bacall and Kate Hepburn! Sleek and unafraid to wear those slack pants that were new at that time period, Slim Keith was ahead of her time in fashion, being a trend setter! She was a “go to” inspiration for the stories and the look on “Castle”! They wanted to present her as powerful, mouthy and able to play with the boys as Castle was! To be a true equal! Tough unafraid but still chic, feminine and elegant!
How similar is Stana to the character in “Castle”??
She is more black and white than I am! She is controlled in comparison to me…I am more rock n roll, more girly and goofy than she is! I admire her! She is in charge of a detective force and she does it in heels…pretty impressive!
How much have you grown through the 6 seasons of “Castle”??
Over the years you learn more stamina! Acting tools get better and more efficient! I have learned a lot and I have also grown as an actress playing in “Castle” for 6 years and at the same time playing other characters in films! It is wonderful and inspiring!
Also my character in “Castle” has grown! They have opened her up more! She is a woman in authority but she also wears all kind of “hats” – we can see other sides of her: the romantic playful, strong, and also vulnerable side! The character has grown; she is more thoughtful about the steps she makes now!
Why do you think “Castle” has such a big success?
I believe it’s a mix of things! It has the detective interesting stories but there is also a romantic and a funny side to it! In addition, each episode is self contained, so when you watch an episode you can always follow it even if you miss one!
…Wish I had more time with her but I was really lucky to have met her! She is truly wonderful and hopefully we may see her again in Athens soon!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Stana Katic was out and about in Greece doing some summer promotion for “Castle.” While she was there, she sat down with People TV and TLife to chat with them about the show. You can check out both interviews below. Enjoy!
Monday, May 12, 2014
Well everybody, that is a wrap for season six! You can check out 1,193 HD screen captures of Stana from the finale. I know it’s a lot of screen captures, but Stana was featured heavily in this episode. The more and more the show progresses, it seems as though Stana gets featured more, haven’t you guys noticed? Anyways, what did you guys think? I thought it was awesome and I’m excited to see what they have in store for us for seven seven. Leave a comment or tweet us to share your thoughts! Enjoy!
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
“Castle” has officially been renewed for a 7th season! Not that it’s much of a surprise (haha), but I am still so excited. Congratulations to the cast and crew!
ABC has (slowly) begun handing out formal renewal notices.
Late Thursday, the network picked up Once Upon a Time (for Season 4), Castle (for Season 7) and Resurrection (for Season 2).
More renewals are expected in the coming hours and days.