Anything on Adam Baldwin’s return to Castle? — Steve
Castle was just shooting Adam Baldwin’s return episode when my cohort Samantha Highfill got the scoop from the showrunners. “Given everything that happened in season 4 between [Slaughter and Castle], obviously Castle’s very hesitant,” Alexi Hawley says. “But we want to do something unexpected with it, to turn the story a little bit on its head, so it’s not going to be just a carbon copy of the episode we had before. We have some really great twists and turns.” Terence Paul Winter adds: “We’re going to see a new side of Slaughter that we weren’t privy to in the first episode that we saw him in.”
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We know that Castle’s Vikram Singh is a tech guy, and he’ll be working with the 12th Precinct. I was wondering if we’re going to see Tory (played by Maya Stojan) again. Is she still at the 12th? –Michelle
“Unfortunately, we might not be seeing Tory” any time soon, co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter reports. As Alexi Hawley explains, “Adding Vikram (as the 12th’s new digital investigator) takes that slot a bit, and because he serves a bigger storyline” — helping Beckett hunt down LOCKSAT — “it’s more productive for us to use him.” But speaking of recurring characters, I do have good news for Inside Line e-mailer Sarah: You’ll definitely be seeing Dr. Perlmutter again.
On Castle, who played the female from the AG’s office that shot herself? –Pepe
I thought she looked familiar, and indeed that was Jacqueline Obradors (from NYPD Blue, Freddie, NCIS) playing shady Allison Hyde.
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“The Nose” – When a priceless work of art is stolen and its transporter murdered, Castle and Beckett must work with the key witness to track down the painting and sniff out the killer. With special guest star Stephnie Weir (“MADtv,” “The Comedians”). “The Nose” will air on MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 (10:01-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars 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, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. For Season 8, Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”) has joined the series as Hayley.
Guest cast: Stephnie Weir as Mia Laszlo, Aubrey Deeker as Lorenzo, Kevin Joy as Graham Fletcher, Charles Mesure as Liam Hollister.
“The Nose” was written by Nancy Kiu and directed by Steve Robin.
“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Executive producers are Terence Paul Winter, Alexi Hawley, Rob Bowman, Rob Hanning and Armyan Bernstein.
Last week, Castle fans watched their world fall apart when Beckett broke up with Castle in order to keep him safe. Of course, Castle doesn’t know Beckett’s reasoning, which only makes the breakup that more upsetting.
Before things go any further, we talked with showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley to find out what the breakup will mean for the show, and what else they can tell us about the rest of the season.
Additionally, check out an exclusive sneak peek at Monday’s episode above.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Was breaking them up a last resort? I’m assuming you all pondered other options.
TERENCE PAUL WINTER: Oh yeah we pondered several different options of what we could do this year and we kept coming back to this one because it created the most opportunity for interesting new storytelling.
ALEXI HAWLEY: We really wanted to focus on shaking things up and trying to give some new energy this year and also to their relationship. For us, their love affair is the heart of the show and relationships have issues, so we didn’t want to do a one-dimensional, everybody’s-happy-all-the-time kind of thing. But on a bigger front, it just felt like there were some unresolved psychological issues, Beckett more so possibly than Castle, as the fallout of being obsessed with her mother’s murder for 16 years. How do you just turn that off? So that just felt like really interesting character stuff for us that could then give us opportunities on a storytelling front.
How will the precinct feel about the split?
WINTER: Figuratively, mommy and daddy are fighting, and it has a toll on Esposito, on Ryan, on Lanie and also on Alexis and Martha. They’re not trying to take sides, but they’re deeply affected. What’s exciting about what we’re going to be doing — and you’ll see that in episode 3 — is that we kind of have this return to the fun even though Castle and Beckett are in this new paradigm of their relationship.
How will this affect the DNA of the show? Will Castle and Beckett have separate storylines?
HAWLEY: It’s not so much giving them separate storylines, although Beckett is obviously going on a secret mission of sorts. It does give them some separate issues that they’re dealing with but at the same time, it’s still ultimately about their relationship and it’s still them figuring out how this new paradigm works between the two of them where Beckett is trying to keep him at a distance to keep him safe and not let him get on to what she’s doing and he’s of course intent on winning her back. In terms of the dynamic at the precinct, nobody really understands why this is happening, and Castle doesn’t even really understand why. Beckett just basically asked him to trust her that she has something to work out, so there’s definitely some unsureness going on but Castle is determined and therefore we have a lot of fun with that and you know, Beckett is in love with him so that doesn’t go away even though she’s got this thing going on.
WINTER: And this is going to sound cheesy and I apologize in advance: The thing about it is that Beckett is “breaking up” with Castle out of love. It’s not because “I can’t stand to be around you” or “I don’t think this is working out” or “I want to see other people” — that’s not what it’s about. It’s out of love. “I want to keep this man safe and the only way to do it is to put distance between us.” That’s the struggle that we’re playing around with, especially in the first third of the season.
Will we get to see more of Castle’s stepmom?
HAWLEY: We will definitely get to her but spoiler alert: we’re not going to get to her in the near future.
What is Hayley’s role moving forward?
HAWLEY: Hayley ends up being a great new character for us who’s got a whole fresh dynamic, who’s there to bounce off our characters in an interesting way. I know there was early speculation about her being a Beckett surrogate, which is in no way shape or form what she is. For us, Hayley goes away for the next couple of episodes and then comes back in episode 5 in a way that actually ends up pairing her with Beckett rather than Castle. At the end of the day, we’re still Castle. we’re still investigating murders and it’s still fun and Beckett and Castle are still solving murders together. There’s just an undercurrent now of something in the middle of that so it makes every scene really interesting, dramatically for the actors and hopefully for the audience.
Are there any other guest stars you can tease?
HAWLEY: Stephnie Weir is a big guest star in episode 5. She plays a character who’s a professional nose. They’re people with acute senses of smell, a lot of them work for perfume companies and stuff like that. They work on defining smells in the same way that there are chemists who literally create taste. She’s a witness to a murder and we have a really fun way into that story.
Will there be another two-parter this season?
WINTER: We haven’t discussed. There’s always a possibility that as we get near the end of the season, there might be a story that can only be told over two episodes, but there’s no plans as of right now. But there’s definitely some storytelling that we’re going to be telling throughout the season that is going to arc through, so that’s something that we’re very excited about versus doing another two-parter this year.
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It was the Castle moment no one saw coming. The ABC drama’s eighth season kicked off with a two-part premiere delivering a total game changer at the end of the two-parter entitled “XX.” As her husband, Castle (Nathan Fillion) knew Beckett’s (Stana Katic) past would eventually catch up to her, but what the private investigator didn’t expect is Beckett would need to take a breather from their marriage to face those demons head on.
Like the decision or not, the show changed dramatically when Beckett revealed she needed space from Castle to tackle the issues of her past. What does it mean for the show? What influenced the decision to split the pivotal pair? Could a divorce be on the horizon? The Hollywood Reporter spoke with showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter to find out exactly what is in store in the coming weeks.
The two of you probably expected some backlash and reaction to the Castle/Beckett breakup. What have you thought of the response so far?
Hawley: It’s a bold choice. What’s been rewarding is after the initial flurry of people going after us a little bit on Twitter, there’s been a much bigger outflow of people who felt those episodes are really powerful and dynamic and are excited to see what we do next. We are trying to shake things up, but at the same time what we get into starting Monday night is back to the show being as the stand-alone episodes and a sense of hope and fun.
The show spent several seasons building the couple up and waiting for the wedding to happen only to have the pair split up pretty quickly. It was a risky move to the loyal fans who have been with Castle from the beginning. Can you walk us through the decision to have the breakup happen?
Winter: What we were hoping to do this year was to do some storytelling with some threads that have been left out in the past few years and to figure out how to connect all the pieces that have not been connected and bring them all together. We thought the leap off point for that could be Beckett’s story. Since the time she was 19 years old when her mother was killed, her life has been completely changed. Even though she took Bracken down at the end of season six, It’s hard to turn those muscles off. We were trying to figure out how can we explore her coming to terms with the murder of her mother all those years ago and what it has done to her and how she can move forward with Castle.
Hawley: The reality is they’ve really been together since season five. The wedding was last season, but as a couple they’ve been together and happy for several seasons now. For us we thought, ‘Let’s throw an obstacle in their way.’ Nobody’s getting divorced. They’re not splitting up forever. This is an obstacle in the way that is going to make them ultimately stronger as a couple once they get through it. It adds drama, it adds comedy, it adds a lot of different layers which, as we go forward, we use to breathe some new life and energy into the show. Let’s face it, after 150 episodes we’ve done almost every case you could ever do. So [the breakup] was about what about [Castle and Beckett’s relationship] is going to feel new and how can we get these characters going through a different journey than they’ve ever gone through before?
Beckett doesn’t want a divorce, so what does this break consist of?
Hawley: She really just asked him [Castle] for time.
Winter: At the end of the day she’s doing it out of love. She’s doing it to protect Castle, not to see if she is interested in other people or thinking maybe they went too fast or he isn’t what she wants anymore. Castle’s definitely what she wants and she’s willing to fight for it.
Hawley: It broke her heart too. … She’s doing it because ultimately Rita said, “Look, this obsession of yours that you can’t seem to get rid of is going to endanger anybody you take with you.” That’s what we found was a really interesting journey to start the season with Beckett is this realization that this injustice in her isn’t just tied to Bracken. Her DNA changed when her mother was killed and she started on this journey. Her hope is by pursuing it and seeing it through, she can break that cycle and then be happily ever after.
You both have said despite the break, Castle and Beckett are still going to be working together and appearing in almost every episode together in some capacity? So how will this break be played out then?
Winter: Castle, like many of the other people in the precinct, is a little bit confused about what happened and why Beckett broke up with him. What we’ll see in episode three is he’s realized the way I can get my wife back is by doing the same thing he did when they fell in love the first time — work cases with her. He finds a way to worm his way into her cases. What ends up happening is, of course, we get to a place where Castle and Beckett are building theory together, figuring out who’s behind whatever the murder of the week is. We get to see little pieces of that electricity we haven’t gotten to see for awhile now. We get to see them really fighting for this closeness they can’t take for granted anymore.
Hawley: By taking away the given of, a body drops and they are going to work together automatically, we had to get creative. Now we get to be clever and figure some stuff out. It’s a lot of fun, actually.
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Once the dust settled (has the dust settled?) on the two-part Castle premiere’s emotional bombshell, some may have come up for air to wonder: How can Toks Olagundoye be a series regular, if Hayley has left NYC for Chicago?
Similarly, how will recurring player Sunkrish Bala stay in the mix, as AG analyst Vikram?
“Hayley disappears for a couple of episodes, and then comes back in Episode 5,” co-showrunner Alexi Hawley tells TVLine. “Partly that was because now that we have this new dynamic, we thought we needed to focus on Castle and Beckett, and give Hayley a bit of a breather.”
And when the disgraced Scotland Yard officer does resurface, it won’t be to again ally with Rick. “When she comes back, she’s actually working with Beckett,” Hawley shares. “She’s sort of like a force of nature who comes in and bounces off of our characters with an interesting point of view,” as she did throughout the two-part opener.
As for Vikram: “Ultimately he is tied to Beckett’s obsession, her search [for Bracken’s partner aka LOCKSAT],” Hawley notes, and to keep him within arm’s reach, “We bring him into the precinct [this Monday] to work as a sort of digital investigator for them. He’s working at the 12th, but he’s mainly there to help Beckett go down her road.”
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