If you're looking for a new show to watch other than reruns check out Castle on Saturdays or online at abc.com.
It stars Nathan Fillion from Serenity/Firefly as Richard Castle, a super handsome, famous and rich murder mystery writer who stumbles upon equally attractive NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) when a real-life killer reenacts one of his novels. Castle also happens to be an awesome family guy--he's a father of an endearing teenager (who is 99.9% precocious-free!) and his mother lives with him.
The Homicide Department, including the Medical Examiner, are also easy on the eyes and unusually quick-witted, making the series entertaining and intriguing at the same time.
Although each episode starts off with a stylized, kind of art-y murder scene, the actual investigation does not involve fancy computers or blood spatter analyzers. You won't see ultra-zoomed-in bloody hair follicles or custom-made 3-D holographic imaging machines. This show is more old-fashioned, in that the real challenge of solving the crime is not by dissecting the evidence--it's only when Castle and the homicide team start to understand the complex yet intuitive aspects of the human condition and human relations, that the true motive and murderer are revealed. Also, Castle and Beckett are really good at interrogating suspects. :)
Don't get me wrong--this is no Diagnosis Murder or Murder, She Wrote. People do get shot and stuff. But it does give you the feeling of an older generation of murder mystery shows with just the right amount of strong, idiosyncratic personalities (think Columbo), romantic tension (think Remington Steele), a lively supporting cast (think Moonlighting), and enough realism that you don't mind suspending disbelief for pretty much anything else not covered above. :P
I rated this a 5 because each episode is well-crafted and successfully provides that satisfying feeling of becoming engrossed with the plot and characters for an hour, minus commercials. Also, it's laugh out loud funny at times. And who doesn't want some inexpensive escapism?
I would recommend this for anyone who wants a break from Law & Order or CSI, or who wants something they can watch without having nightmares afterwards. And for Nathan Fillion fans who hates getting bummed when good shows get pulled after just one season (or not even one season!).
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Season 1 of "Castle," a murder mystery show on ABC starring Nathan Fillion. Currently airing on TV (Saturdays at 9pm) and online (http://abc.go.com/primetime/castle/index?pn=index).
Season 2 starts on September 21, 2009.
"Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is bored with his own success. Then he learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Castle is questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. Though they instantly clash, sparks of another sort also begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle steps in to help find the killer. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build on their new relationship as they look to solve more strange homicides in New York - as much fun as one can have with death and murder.
Castle is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan), and quick-witted teenage daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn). Also starring in the series are Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
"Castle" is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe (writer, "Air Force One") serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Armyan ...