Question: So Castle has started shooting its 21st episode of the season, with only two more left. Wouldn’t they know by now if Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion would renew their contracts? Is it normal that the production wouldn’t know which way their stars are going to go regarding renewals? Because I’d have thought that, probably going into pre-production on the season finale, they’d already know if it’s also the series finale. Castle has a very passionate (and vocal) fan base. People will probably rage if they spring on us last minute, “Hey, enjoy the series finale, cause it’s the last you’ll ever see of the show!” Wouldn’t it be reasonable if they let fans know this kind of stuff in advance? Up until what point can Stana and Nathan renegotiate their contracts before ABC has to make an actual decision on the future of the show? — Gabi
Matt Roush: You don’t need to tell me how passionate and vocal Castle‘s fan base can be. This issue has dogged the show all season, and my take on such business matters (which I don’t cover or monitor on a regular basis) is that more often than not, these deals tend to get worked out on their own timetable, and I urge fans to be patient. Castle has run successfully long enough that it deserves to build up to a series finale, and I’d be surprised if the stars don’t eventually sign, even if it isn’t until after the current season wraps. With that in mind, it’s probably in the show’s best interest for the season not to end with another cliffhanger unless things are ironed out by then. ABC would obviously like to have the show around a while longer, since it’s still doing just fine on Mondays, but negotiations like these can be tricky and tedious, and right now, easing fans’ anxiety probably isn’t a terribly high priority.
A year ago, Stana met with artist Alex Gross and posed for him. He said at the time he was planning to base a painting on her and it looks like it is finally complete. The painting will be shown at an exhibit in Los Angeles at the Koplin Del Rio gallery. The exhibit, Hypnagogia, will be on display April 11 – May 23. You can find more info HERE. His work of Stana is an oil painting titled “Memory Fragments.”
Do you have any scoop on Castle‘s 150th episode? Anything special fans can look forward to? –Sandra
That milestone arrives with this season’s second-to-last episode, which as previously reported will center on a piece of Beckett mythology. So its “special”-ness is probably dependent on what said mythology, old or brand-new, is involved.
“Habeas Corpse” – When Richie “The Pitbull” Falco, a larger-than-life personal-injury attorney is found dead, Beckett and Castle investigate the many clients and competitors who had motive to kill him. But the mystery deepens when they discover a shocking secret that may be linked to Richie’s murder, on “Castle,” MONDAY, MARCH 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
3. Stana Katic‘s “Super-Coat” on Castle
“The biggest joy for me is to take an actor to the mall,” says Perez. “I met Stana Katic at the Saks in Beverly Hills, where there’s like five floors of clothes. We went through every floor trying on things and then, at the same time, came across this green leather, double-breasted, wide-lapeled DVF trench coat. I put it on her, and we were both like, ‘Super-coat!’ It was perfect because she’s playing a detective in New York, and it just gave us a starting point for her character. The person that wears this coat: What blazer does she wear? Does she wear it casual? Does she wear it with slacks? It’s such a defining point in the show.”