Consider this an early Valentine’s Day gift, Castle fans: The show’s fifth season is getting bigger!

ABC has ordered an extra episode of the procedural dramedy, has learned. The addition will bring the Season 5 total to 24 episodes.

The extra hour will air in April, replacing a previously scheduled repeat episode. Castle, which stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as crime-solving partners-turned-lovers, is averaging 9.9 million viewers a week and scoring a 1.98 among the adults-18-to-49 demographic.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, the show will air Castle and Beckett’s first crack at the holiday as a couple on Monday at 10/9c.


Stana was amazing in tonight’s episode of Castle! Check out the screencaps below!

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Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode!

On Castle’s Season 5 premiere, Detective Kate Beckett opted against killing the man who was responsible for her mother’s murder. But if given another chance, would she make the same choice again?

That’s the question hanging over Monday’s episode (10/9c, ABC), which reintroduces the shadowy Senator William Bracken (guest star Jack Coleman). When Beckett (Stana Katic)and Castle (Nathan Fillion) find evidence that links their current murder victim to Bracken, Beckett seizes the opportunity to finally bring the man behind her mother’s death to justice. But as complications arise, Beckett may once again be forced to think outside the law.

“This certainly extends the conversation that we started in the first episode for Beckett,” creator Andrew W. Marlowe tells “What line is she willing to cross in her search for justice? Does she do things the right way? Or does she compromise her values in order to get the result that she wants?” Adds Coleman: “She’s very much on the horns of a moral dilemma. Every fiber of her being is crying out for vengeance. But [if she kills him], what does she become? What does that say about her? There are no easy answers here.”

In some ways, Beckett is perhaps wrestling against becoming Bracken, who Coleman describes as a Machiavellian operator who will do whatever it takes to protect his secrets — perhaps even bump off Beckett for good. “She has this thing hanging over his head,” he says. “All he really wants to do with her is neutralize her and keep her from making his life miserable. But I’m sure if he felt like there were a way to really make this problem go away, he could very well go down that path.”

It’s that level of danger that once again raises the concerns of Castle. Although his warnings have rarely been heeded in the past, Marlowe suggests that both Castle and Beckett are in new territory this time around. “It puts Castle in a position where he’s waiting and watching to see what she’s going to do with deep concern,” Marlowe says. “He knows how dangerous this is for her. She’s going after a sitting senator, a man with great power. Is she going to strike out?

“But what we’re also seeing is a much more tempered, much more mature Beckett,” Marlowe continues. “She’s less the person who puts the blinders on and runs out into traffic than we’ve seen in past episodes. She is bringing a little bit more strategy to this, a little bit more gamesmanship.”

Because the outside world is mostly in the dark about Beckett and Bracken’s cat-and-mouse game, the two are locked in a delicate power struggle. But Beckett perhaps has a secret weapon: She will once again seek the counsel of her psychiatrist, Dr. Burke (Michael Dorn).

“He illuminates the struggle she’s going through as she tries to come to an understanding of who she is and how far she’s willing to go,” Marlowe says. “But even with him, she’s cautious. She can’t give away the whole game. … For Beckett, it’s a much more complicated closed game. There are certain aspects of her decision-making process that she is keeping hidden, but it’s not like she is going off the reservation. This is much more psychological. This is [about] taking a look at the wheels turning in her head and trying to calculate
the best outcome.”

As for what that outcome will ultimately be, viewers will have to stay tuned. Both Marlowe and Coleman promise that this is not the end of the dance between Beckett and Bracken. “It keeps the ground shifting underneath both the characters and the audience,” Coleman says. “They’re both in this toxic pas de deux. You’re not sure who’s leading, you’re not sure who’s following, you’re not sure they’re even dancing to the same music! But they can’t seem to get away from each other.”

Castle airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.


Since the season 5 premiere, Beckett (Stana Katic) has had her sights on Jack Coleman’s Sen. Bracken, the man she learned was responsible for her mother’s murder. And while he may have slipped through her fingers the first time around (technically, she let him walk as part of a “deal”) it looks like Beckett is ready to take him down.
In the exclusive clip below, Beckett declares to Castle (Nathan Fillion) that she has no intention on missing her chance to get justice. Castle, meanwhile, doesn’t seem thrilled about the idea. Watch and make sure to catch the episode, tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


Warning: Spoilers!

CASTLE welcomes back a familiar face in the next episode, but it’s one Beckett may not be too thrilled to have in her life — Senator Bracken, the man responsible for Kate’s mother’s death.

Jack Coleman’s Bracken goes toe-to-toe with Beckett in a big way in Monday’s “Recoil,” and when I spoke with Coleman, he teased that the power between the two “keeps on shifting.”

Keep reading for more on what Bracken’s return might put Beckett through…and if this is the last we’ll see of him…

People are excited you’re coming back to CASTLE!
Jack Coleman: It’s nice to know people care one way or the other, and it’s such a fun show to do that I’m happy to be back!

What kind of reaction have you been getting from viewers since you aired? Do people get a little annoyed at you for your role in Beckett’s mother’s death?
JC: [Laughs] Well, yes, it’s interesting because there’s this whole mythology built up to this uber-villain, and I love that it’s taken layers and layers and layers of story to peel away who it actually was. And then they brought me on and we had this great confrontation in the bowels of the hotel there. She pistol-whips me and gets a little bit of satisfaction, but then what happens from there? And I think the fans have been very curious about this guy is still out there, it’s unresolved, and when are their worlds going to collide again? And they very much collide again in this episode of “Recoil.”

What can you tease about that collision?
JC: I can tell you it’s very complicated, and they’re sort of locked in a very awkward dance. What she sees as a clear-cut — at first seems to be a clear cut way to bring him down, but it turns out to be more complicated than that. It just really takes off from there and goes in unexpected places, and then there’s all this very murky moral ground that she is on and she has to really find her way as to what she’s going to do about him and about this situation. And of course she’s wrestling with what she thinks she should do and what she wants to do.

The great thing for me as an actor in this episode is the power shift — the power keeps on shifting and who seems to be in control of the situation keeps on shifting. It’s really a fun episode, and there are some great scenes, and the character has his teeth, so it’s not like he’s a pushover. But as we all know, neither is Beckett.

The idea of this man — and his presence — has been looming over Beckett for a long time. Do you get the feeling he’s been thinking about her in the time since we last saw him?
JC: Yes, I think he has been thinking about her. What’s interesting is Stana [Katic (Beckett)] and I talked about this on set, and it’s a little bit of “Moby Dick” and I’m the white whale for her. These relationships are so primal and so obviously fraught with peril for both of them. I think there’s an element…from Bracken’s point of view, I think there’s not only the concern of what she could do to him and that there is this wild card out there, I also think there’s — in the back of his mind — a little bit of concern of what he’s done to her.

But, you know, obviously, his own self-preservation is paramount. It’s really interesting when the obsession, whether it’s LES MIS or any character that is obsessed with another character, there are always a lot of complicating layers of psychological territory in there you have to navigate.

Since she did take a chunk out of his face last time, is he thinking about any sort of physical revenge? Like, hey let’s go toe-to-toe so maybe I can get a swing in this time?
JC: None of these injuries are forgotten on either side. Careful observers will be able to detect the mark on my face from where she whacked me. And she said in that scene, “This is going to leave a nasty scar” and it does. So there is that. And, you know, this is a man that does not suffer injury lightly and he was taken aback in that scene, both by the violence of being hit with a gun and she sort of check-mated him. He’s in a position where he believes she really has one up on him and he really can’t take her out.

I think the fact that as time goes on and you have somebody out there and they could be a potential time bomb, the stakes keep rising and the tension elevates. I think he’d love to be able to erase her at some point, but it would be a very difficult thing to do. And she, of course, would love to bury him, but she also realizes that is not the position she is in on this Earth. She is here to do the right thing, so she really has to wrestle with that.

Since so much of your arc is tied around Beckett, do you have a lot of interactions with the rest of the cast?
JC: I do have interactions with the guys. I don’t have that much with Nathan [Fillion (Castle)], but Jon [Huertas (Esposito)] and Seamus [Dever (Ryan)] are the ones who first come to my house to question me about this girl who has been murdered, and it seems to be in a helpful, “What can you tell us?” [way]. And then he quickly realizes, “Oh, they’re not questioning me because they need some information, they think I’m the culprit.” So it goes from a friendly conversation to a unfriendly conversation very quickly. So I did get to work with those guys and that was great.

Stana and I go back to HEROES [where Coleman played HRG]; she did a few episodes of HEROES, so we knew each other from there. I just always have a great time working with her. All of the cast is just so…friendly and accommodating and there’s just no egos on set. It’s really nice because it all trickles down from them. You can have either a very tense set or a loose and fun set. And it’s very much a loose and fun set over there.

Since you seem to enjoy it so much, I have to ask: any chance of a return? Or do you feel your arc has been wrapped up here?
JC: Of course it’s entirely not up to me, but it’s left in a way that I think there is certainly room for him to come back. But…the story, at least for the moment, is seemingly wrapped up. But there are still strings that are untied.


“Reality Star Struck” – Castle & Beckett get an up-close-and-personal view of a “Real Housewives”-esque reality TV series, “The Wives of Wall Street,” when they investigate the murder of the show’s rising young star. Meanwhile, Castle’s attempt to give Beckett a Valentine’s Day gift goes horribly wrong, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Gina Torres (“Suits,” “Firefly”), Gail O’Grady (“Drop Dead Diva,” “Desperate Housewives”), Lachlan Buchanan (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Heather Ann Davis (“The Lake”) guest star.

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While investigating the murder of a young woman, Castle and Beckett find evidence that links her death with Senator William H. Bracken (guest star Jack Coleman returns), the man responsible for Beckett’s mother’s murder. Determined to finally bring Bracken to justice, Beckett soon realizes that things are far more complicated than they seem, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

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WonderCon Anaheim 2013 presents the exclusive world premiere of the DC Universe Animated Movie Superman: Unbound! A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy—with Earth next in its sights—and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone in Superman: Unbound, the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release Superman: Brainiac, the film’s stellar voicecast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane, and Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl. Supervising producer James Tucker (Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) also directs the film from a script by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Superman: Unbound is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and For Download in late Spring 2013, but see it at WonderCon Anaheim first!

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