Posted on July 31, 2015   Categories: 8.02 , Guest Stars , Season 8Comments Off on Castle Season 8: Ann Cusack Cast as Mystery Woman With Ties to [Spoiler]

Private Practice alum Ann Cusack has landed a provocative guest-starring role in Castle‘s Season 8 premiere.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress will appear in the second half of the two-part season opener as Rita, a member of a top-secret organization who drops into Beckett’s life with a unique set of skills… and an unexpected connection to Castle.

In addition to her Private Practice arc as the wife of Addison’s mother Bizzy, Cusack’s recent TV credits include episodes of Backstrom, Masters of Sex, Scandal and Hart of Dixie.

Previously this summer, Castle added Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors) in the series regular role of onetime Scotland Yard officer Hayley Vargas, while Sunkrish Bala (The Walking Dead) will recur as a high-strung tech analyst.

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Posted on July 27, 2015   Categories: Interviews: Stana Katic , Season 8 , Stana KaticComments Off on ‘Castle’ Star Stana Katic On What Made Her Stay, “Cosmic” Season 8 And Her Future On The Show & Beyond

It’s back to work day for Castle star Stana Katic, who today begins filming Season 8 of the popular ABC series. It was a busy three-month hiatus for Katic, during which she shot two indie movies, The Rendezvous and Sister Cities, and got married. In addition to playing the female lead opposite Nathan Fillion, Katic has added a new role on Castle as part of her new contract: a producer. In her first interview since signing on for Season 8, Katic talks about the decision to return, provides a glimpse at next season that promises to shake things up under new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter, addresses her future on the show and what she would like to do next.

It was a nail-biting few weeks for Castle fans last spring when the contracts of both Fillion and Katic expired. By mid-April, Fillion, who plays Rick Castle, had agreed to a new deal, but Katic’s new pact did not close until hours before ABC was to announce its 2015-2016 schedule in May. Behind the scenes, things weren’t as dramatic, Katic says. “For me it wasn’t necessarily down to the wire,” she says. “I didn’t really start speaking about that until after we had wrapped the (7th) season. A lot of the discussions were happening while I was filming The Rendezvous, so I let my reps handle. It went rather quickly in the end.”

For Katic, signing on for Season 8 was way more than a business decision. “Part of my thought process making the decision whether to do another season was creatively, what would that would look like,” she said. Factoring into the consideration was the fact that Castle creator Andrew Marlowe was leaving the series after Season 7. “He was part of making this character (Kate Beckett) what she’s become, and he has been part of this dialogue about how to create a strong female heroine,” Katic said.

When Hawley and Winter — both experienced Castle writer-producers — were named as new showrunners, “I started to feel the character would be safe in the next chapter of Castle. I felt confident that they knew the story, the character — Terence has been on the show since Day 1, and some of the most interesting episodes for my character were penned by Alexi — and while they are eager to shake things up and aim at telling challenging stories, they would also protect the integrity of the character.”

After taking a day to move offices from his previous job as co-showrunner of The Following, Hawley, along with Winter and the Castle writing staff, went on a writers retreat where they hashed out a bible for Season 8. How will Hawley and Winter shake things up?

“There are a lot of shifts” planned, Katic said, noting that is excited about Hawley and Winter’s ideas while being coy about next season’s storyline and the resolution of Season 7 finale cliffhanger, which saw Beckett left pondering an offer to run for the New York State Senate. Still, she revealed some information about the opening two episodes and beyond.

Katic called Episodes 1 and 2 of Season 8 “brother and sister.” Each reflects Castle and Beckett’s perspective on “an event that shifts the entire season into a higher velocity” and “is part of what will set everything up for the next 20 episodes.”

Here are more clues about Season 8. “Part of the exciting thing about this season is the way Alexi and Terence have envisioned the cosmic version of why the two characters (Castle and Beckett) have come together, how did these roads combine. It delves into the mythology of Rick’s disappearance and memory loss as well as into what inspired Beckett to become a cop in the first place.”

Will Season 8 be Katic’s last on Castle? It is too early to discuss that, according to Katic. “I don’t know what is going to happen with Castle and its future as we are at the beginning of what this season is going to be.” But she was quick to point out that “as an actor, if we can tell many stories and have a creatively fulfilling experience, we love to jump and explore a character.”

Katic, who has won two People’s Choice Awards for Castle, also is looking to expand beyond acting to directing as well as “finding great projects and helping to put them together.” She calls that a natural progression for actors, especially women, noting that many actresses who have won an Oscar have done so with movies that they had helped develop and produce. “It’s about finding great pieces and stories that I can be part of” that may or may not be starring vehicles, Katic said.

Katic is starting work on Castle a week into production so she could wrap production on her second hiatus movie, Sister Cities with Alfred Molina and Jackie Weaver, which she just did over the weekend, and thanked ABC for graciously letting her carve time out for the film, which tells the story of four estranged sisters who reunite to mourn after their mother’s alleged suicide.

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Posted on July 16, 2015   Categories: Season 8Comments Off on Walking Dead alum heads to Castle in season 8

Castle is adding another new face for season 8.

The Walking Dead alum Sunkrish Bala has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season, EW has learned. Bala, whose credits also include Shameless, Awkward and Modern Family, will play Vikram Singh, a high-strung tech analyst with a complicated past.

Bala’s casting comes on the heels of Neighbors star Toks Olagundoye joining the ABC drama as a new series regular.

Castle returns Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Posted on July 14, 2015   Categories: News , Season 8Comments Off on ABC Episode Orders for the 2015-2016 season

ABC has released the episode orders for most of their shows, Castle included. According to, Castle season 8 will be a 22 episode season.

Posted on July 13, 2015   Categories: Videos: Nathan FillionComments Off on Nerd HQ 2015: A Conversation With Nathan Fillion (Day 4)

Posted on July 10, 2015   Categories: Interviews: Nathan Fillion , Season 8Comments Off on Castle’s Nathan Fillion Talks Season 8 Rick & Kate: ‘Things Have to Change’

If you’re a Castle fan fretting over what designs the series’ new showrunners may have on your beloved newlyweds, Nathan Fillion would like to share some reassuring words.
“Don’t be worried,” he said with a smile while stopping by TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Fillion and his Firefly co-star Alan Tudyk were there to talk about their latest project, Con Man — a separate post on that project will be up later — but the actor took a moment to answer Michael Ausiello’s queries about what the Castle‘s regime change might mean for Rick and Kate.

“In order for a show to continue and to move forward, things have to change,” he said. “And things have changed, every year, for these two.”

Fillion also fielded questions about new castmate Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors) and whether a Season 9 would have him feeling fine.

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Posted on July 9, 2015   Categories: Articles: Castle , Season 8Comments Off on Ask Matt: Castle

Question: I was very happy when ABC announced the renewal of my favorite show Castle in May, and I am looking forward to the Season 8 premiere in September. However, there have been quite a few changes behind the scenes. The show’s creator, Andrew W. Marlowe, left, and so did his wife Terri Edda Miller. We have several new additions to the writing staff as Dara Creasey and others pursue new challenges. Alexi Hawley (welcome back) and Terence Paul Winter are now replacing David Amann as co-showrunners. Also, Penny Johnson Jerald, who played Capt. Victoria Gates since Season 4, won’t be returning. At least not as a regular character. A decision that felt like a stab in the heart. How do you think all of these changes and factors will affect the DNA of the show? — Sandra

Matt Roush: These kind of staff, and even cast, changes are hardly unusual for a long-running show at this point in its life, and shaking up the work ensemble (adding The Neighbors’ Toks Olagundoye as a former Scotland Yard sleuth) is probably the easiest way to introduce some new dynamics without affecting the core of what keeps people watching, the Castle-Beckett relationship. The new show-runners are old hands at breaking Castle stories, so applying the old don’t-fix-what-ain’t-broke philosophy, I wouldn’t worry about the show’s DNA changing too dramatically. But then, my experience has taught me that Castle fans are a noisy and worrisome lot, so I’m sure the producers are expecting plenty of scrutiny.

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Posted on July 7, 2015   Categories: Season 8Comments Off on Castle Season 8 Adds The Neighbors’ Toks Olagundoye as Series Regular

Castle‘s first bit of Season 8 casting is truly out of this world.

Toks Olagundoye, who played the extraterrestrial Jackie Joyner-Kersee on ABC’s The Neighbors, is boarding the network’s Monday-night procedural in the series regular role of Hayley Vargas, TVLine has learned.

To be introduced in the two-part Season 8 premiere (kicking off Sept. 21), Hayley is described as a quick-witted, free-spirited, former Scotland Yard police officer who works as a security specialist and is not afraid to cross lines to get things done.

Olagundoye, who was raised in Nigeria, Switzerland and England, also counts among her TV credits episodes of NCIS, Law & Order and NBC’s Prime Suspect.

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Posted on July 2, 2015   Categories: 8.01 , Season 8Comments Off on Ask Ausiello: Castle

Question: Any further word on Castle‘s Season 8 premiere? —Ben
Ausiello: I can confirm that it will be a two-parter, the first of which will be titled “XY” and penned by co-showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley.

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Posted on June 30, 2015   Categories: Season 8Comments Off on Matt’s Inside Line: Castle

Is it true that Stana Katic isn’t going to be in the Castle season premiere? –Linda
As I quite eloquently put it, on Twitter, over the weekend: “That is a bunch of hooey.”

Anything new about Castle Season 8? –Rachael
Only that I was alllll wrong about the larger purpose of the new tech analyst dude.

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