Most of my TV-watching is done online these days, so maybe it’s not surprising that I missed the March premiere of “Castle,” a new crime drama that stars Nathan Fillion as best-selling novelist Richard Castle, who teams up with a no-nonsense NYC cop to catch a killer who’s copying the crimes from his books.
I was immediately entertained by the opening scene, which found Castle at a party celebrating the upcoming release of his new book, Sharpie at hand to sign the cleavage of his many fans (not like any launch party I’ve ever been to, but if ABC wants to glamorize publishing, I won’t complain). A few minutes later, Castle made what I thought was a throwaway reference to a routine poker night with Patterson and Cannell. Ten minutes later, there they were.
The two writers seemed like naturals in front of the camera and the scene, like the rest of the show, was lighthearted fun. By the end of episode one, Castle has been inspired to write a new series starring a heroine based on, you guessed it, the cop, which allows him to follow her on future cases and lays the ground for the rest of the season. Of course, the focus is more on solving crimes than the nuts and bolts of writing (probably a good thing as far as entertainment value goes) but it’s seeing a writer on TV that is, well, novel. (sorry)
You can watch the scene in question, and episodes 1-5 of “Castle,” here. Have you seen it? Will you watch?