Sep 24, 13

Castle Post-Premiere Articles & Interviews

Lisa Edelstein on Working with Stana Katic and What Comes Next

After waiting all summer to see what Beckett’s response would be to Castle’s proposal and to the D.C. job, the answer ended up being one and the same: she said yes!

While viewers got to see Beckett accept Castle’s proposal, the episode quickly moved forward to Beckett safely settled in her new job, where she was partnered with Lisa Edelstein’s McCord.

“When I started, [CASTLE star] Stana [Katic] and I talked about it, and we talked about it with the showrunner [Andrew Marlowe], that we really wanted to make it feel like it was a spinoff show about another unit,” Edelstein told me. “So we had a whole world [established] so when Castle showed up, it was like one show invading another show…It wouldn’t be interesting, otherwise. We really wanted to make it as if this is a show about these two women working together.”

Thankfully, the show doesn’t fall into the overused trope of having strong women not able to work together.

“You figure two strong, beautiful women are at each other’s throats,” Edelstein noted. “That’s not the case!”

And Edelstein pointed out that the comfort Beckett and McCord have on-screen was partially due to Katic’s openness on set.

“We had a great time, and that’s really thanks to Stana,” Edelstein shared. “Because it was her set I walked on. And I walked on with lots of ideas and lots of energy, and that could have been really threatening or really inviting. And for Stana, it was really inviting, and she was totally into it, and we had a ton of fun working together.”

As for what comes next — now that Castle’s life is in danger — Edelstein teased the whole team will work together to figure out this case.

“Everyone is involved in saving Castle’s life,” she teased. “And in a way, it brings Castle closer to the investigation, because even he’s involved in saving his own life. Who could really complain about that?”

“I think because of the circumstances, McCord is the one that will back the idea of allowing Castle to participate,” she continued. “She’s not Beckett’s enemy. She’s only trying to make things possible for her. I feel like a lot of questions, especially the pre-first episode questions [from people who have not seen it], have expected an acrimonious relationship between the two women, but it’s not that. It’s not about that. It’s two women who like working with each other and want to support each other.”


‘Castle’ post-mortem: Boss weighs in on Beckett’s decision. Plus, will there be a wedding this year?

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: She said yes!! But almost immediately, Castle and Beckett learned they were going to have to spend time apart. I thought that was a bold move but I also liked how the premiere had a nice balance of keeping them apart and together. How hard did you work at achieving that?
ANDREW MARLOWE: We work hard on all of our shows. [Laughs] But it was something we thought would really add to the flavor and the drama and complicate the relationship. It forced the couple to ask themselves where they were and give them something to grapple with, and it felt like a lot of fun. I feel like the interesting thing is not the acceptance of the marriage proposal and now we’re together and everything’s beautiful. It was about the acceptance of the marriage proposal and now we know where we want to go in life but life is going to hand us some complications that we have to navigate.

We left with a great cliffhanger. Once that resolves, what does the balance of Beckett in D.C./Beckett with Castle look like?
It’s a lot of fun. We find new interesting and challenging ways to play with it. It’s a lot of fun. It gives us back that sense of yearning and trying to make stuff work. They have to ask, ‘How do we arrange our futures so that everything aligns?’ That’s assuming Castle survives episode 2.

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Lisa Edelstein was great in the premiere. But her character does NOT like Castle. Will she come around? Will he win her over?
I’m not sure that he’ll fully win her over. I think that after a while she will certainly respect what he does and what he can add to stuff. Lisa was on another show for a number of seasons where there was an immature manchild and [her character] never quite accepted that part of it but she accepted that what he did was very valuable.

Wait, were you a House fan?!
I liked House a great deal. It was a very fun show and I thought Hugh Laurie brought great complexity to a main character who you both loved and had a hard time with at the same time.

Speaking of hard times, Beckett didn’t have the easiest time adjusting to the ways of the FBI. It was fun to see her as a little bit of a fish out of water in certain ways. Will it get easier for her?
Her as a newbie really gave Stana [Katic] something to play and push against. We’ve seen Beckett be extremely confident and the tip of the spear and the best of the best and now we’re putting her in a situation where there are people who are as good or better than her. And she’s got to find her way. When we come into this, she wants to have it all but she’s not doing any of it well, which, I think, is something that not just any modern woman but any modern person can identify with. How do you balance career and family? When you make the sacrifice for family and career, how does that affect the ones you love. When you dive into your career, how does that affect your personal life? A lot of people out there are working  harder than ever just to maintain a competitive edge in a very complicated job market. And they’re doing it at he cost of their personal life, and we thought it’d be interesting to see the Beckett version of that. She wants to be great; she’s not great yet. She wants to be great with Castle; they’re not great yet. And despite best intentions and what everyone wants, it’s hard. And I think that’s something everybody in the audience recognizes when they’re trying to balance all the various aspects of their life.

What can you tell me about Joshua Bitton’s character, Sully, now that we know Beckett accepts Castle’s proposal? Does he take Beckett’s place at the precinct?
There will be a case that takes place in New York that requires federal involvement, and our guys are investigating when Beckett and McCord will show up and take over the case. But one of the things Beckett will learn, of course, is that there is somebody else at her desk. She’s moved on so somebody has filled that role. It’s fun to see her having to react to other people, by necessity, moving on.

How is Alexis going to deal with the engagement? We didn’t get to see that on screen.
I think it’s no coincidence that in the aftermath of her dad getting engaged that she shows up with some boy from Costa Rica who’s hanging out. I think that part of her trajectory in the next few episodes is going to be a slow unfolding of us realizing her behavior is part of how she’s reacting to this. And in typical Castle fashion, we don’t have a big confrontation scene, but we have a lot of behavior that points towards honest moments to come.

Will there be a wedding this year?
I do not know if there will be a wedding this year. Actually, I know. I know if there will be a wedding this year.

[Laughs] But Castle and Beckett will be dealing with that and dealing with taking those next steps. When they want to do it, how they want to do it, what the perfect wedding looks like for Castle, what the perfect wedding looks like for Beckett. I think for the initial episodes, fans can expect that they’re trying to settle into their engagement. And some of those questions will start raising their heads as we go along into the fall. But I’m not going to say if there’s a wedding this year or not. That’s a Watch and See.



Castle Creator Previews ‘Fun’ New Obstacles — Plus: Is There a [Spoiler] Coming?

“You do know how this works, right…?”

Some four months after Castle‘s titular mystery novelist (played by Nathan Fillion) got on bended knee and proposed marriage to Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the NYPD detective delivered her answer.

“Richard Edgar Alexander Rodgers Castle, yes…. Yes, I will marry you.”

Kate’s response came with one caveat that shook her mate none — that she got the job on the federal task force in and thus will be relocating to D.C. And already, one flash-forward later, we are seeing the complications that come with their long-ish distance romance. (For one, Castle wound up exposed to a fatal chemical weapon!)

Assuming Castle makes it out alive, TVLine invited series creator Andrew W. Marlowe to dissect recent developments for the show’s core couple and dish on what lies ahead. (Could it be… wedding bells?)

TVLINE | Which came first — Rick proposing to Kate or Kate getting a D.C. job offer? Or did they always come part and parcel?
In our minds they always came part and parcel. The proposal is a big step, but we also wanted to challenge the relationship right away, and I think that in today’s age, taking a job in another city and trying to conduct a long-distance relationship is something that a lot of people are familiar with. And we though it would be a great way to instantly challenge some of the assumptions that they both have about the relationship – certainly some assumptions that Beckett has about who she can be in life. She’s trying to have it all, and like many of us who are trying to have it all, she’s not doing it particularly well. Seeing somebody who has always been a high performer and really on top of her stuff for five years struggling is really interesting. It puts her in a really vulnerable position. We wanted to take advantage of two people who wanted to be together but had to go through this yearning process for being with each other and finding a moment. Also, there are times when things in life shift, where you’re trying to recapture the magic and trying to find the spark in your relationship again. On the heels of this great momentous moment of both of them accepting each other, we wanted to really put it under a microscope and examine it, have some fun with it.

TVLINE | Stana told me that she thought it was important to send the message that a woman shouldn’t have to choose. That partners should support each other’s dreams.
Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not hard. You know, we’re in a tough economy and people are working harder than ever. I know a lot of married couples where they’re both working and they don’t see each other that often and they’re trying to make it work and they’re trying to find balance. So there are significant costs in having to choose, because you you’re sacrificing something, but there are also costs in trying to have it all. We wanted to see a couple who has the best intentions towards each other trying to figure out how to make it work.

TVLINE | Were there any other yes/no/maybe scenarios that you even briefly toyed with? Because it would have been efficient for you to also shoot the outcome back in the spring, while you’re already on location at the playground.
Sure, we toyed with it, but we’re always looking for what’s most honest and what’s going to be most challenging. And it felt like where the characters were in their trajectory and how they felt about each other, that [the path we chose] was honest. Having Kate sacrifice an opportunity and having Castle ask her to sacrifice an opportunity felt dishonest. Instead, it’s, “Hey, if we love each other we’ll figure it out,” and we’re looking at a handful of episodes where they really are trying to figure it out. And the future is not just about their relationship. It’s about who Beckett is, and what kind of life Castle’s going to lead if he remains in New York without her.

TVLINE | Some fans are concerned that you’re geographically “breaking up the band,” at least for a stretch. How can you reassure those people?
Well, without getting too spoilery, I can say that we are committed to making sure that every episode feels like a Castle episode. Even during a time when folks are separated geographically, it’s still going to feel like the experience that they’ve always gotten. We’re not interested in changing the overall DNA of the show, which is, you know, Castle and Beckett and solving cases and having all the other folks that we know and love involved. But we are interested in throwing new obstacles, in growing the relationships. We are interested in seeing fresh faces come in to help illuminate our characters, move them along or give them something to push against.

TVLINE | I was actually impressed by the premiere’s mechanics — even knowing how it was going to play out, I was not expecting Rick and Kate to have as much screen time together as they did.
We were very conscious that, although we wanted to change some of the trappings and some of the obstacles, we did not want to change the experience. We know that people are tuning in for a very particularCastle experience, so that was first and foremost on our minds. Hopefully we’ve been able to achieve it.

TVLINE | Back at the 12th, are Ryan and Esposito going to get work a case or two entirely on their own? Something that doesn’t always dovetail with D.C.?
Absolutely. But then it will dovetail, in a very fun and unexpected way that, I think, will delight fans. We have an episode coming up which is a lot of fun, where Castle can’t be with Beckett and Ryan and Esposito end up on a very high-profile case that has a lot of fun attached to it.

TVLINE | Is there any larger theme to Season 6?
What’s emerging for us as a theme is “relationships and how to make them work.” Relationships are complicated, and for a long time Castle and Beckett were doing this dance of, “How do we feel about each other.” We’ve moved beyond that to a couple that’s made a commitment to each other, but that commitment is constantly challenged, just like it’s challenged in all of our lives. Now that they’re at this moment, now that she said yes, this season has become, “OK, how are we going to make this work? On a practical level. Given your life, given my life. Given where I come from, given where you come from. Given what my ambitions are, given what your ambitions are. How are we going to make this work?” We feel like that’s a very relevant question to our culture these days.

TVLINE | But once they navigate the initial “long-distance”/juggling issue, are there other obstacles that might come their way? Any external forces or any past issues that will bubble back up?
There are some. There are some really fun ones that we’re working on, but we’re not quite ready to advertise those yet because they’re still cooking.

TVLINE | Lastly, are you ready yet to go on record as committing to a Season 6 wedding date…?
I’m ready to go on record in that Castle and Beckett are going to be talking about it and planning it and figuring out when it happens. But I think it’s a little too soon for me to say to the fans that it’s going to happen or it’s not.



Castle Boss on Beckett’s “Honest” Answers and What’s Ahead for Her and Castle

As promised, the Season 6 premiere of Castle wasted very little time resolving its Season 5 cliff-hanger.

After Beckett (Stana Katic) received an offer to work in Washington D.C., Castle (Nathan Fillion) became furious that Beckett kept the interview process a secret from him. But just when it seemed the pair was moving in different directions, Castle surprised Beckett — and viewers — by proposing! So, how did Beckett respond?

For now, it seems she’s having her cake and eating it too. That’s right, Beckett accepted Castle’s proposal but also took the job in D.C., where she was partnered with Rachel McCord (guest star Lisa Edelstein). But after jumping forward in time a few months, it became clear that it wasn’t smooth sailing for Beckett, who wasn’t exactly earning high marks during her training.

Things also were off with Castle, whom Beckett hadn’t spent any quality time with in several weeks. So, when he pops down to the nation’s capital for a surprise visit, Beckett is thrilled — until Castle sticks his nose into Beckett’s (classified) case. Not only does Castle earn the ire of McCord, but he also gets caught up in a conspiracy involving a biological weapon. Even worse? Castle has been infected and only has hours to live!

So, assuming Castle makes it out alive (duh!), how will the new engagement affect Castle and Beckett? And how will Beckett continue to struggle adjusting to how the feds do things in D.C.? turned to Castle creator Andrew. W Marlowe for answers.

So Beckett accepts both the proposal and the job in D.C. Did you consider other outcomes?
Andrew Marlowe: We certainly considered all the other alternatives, but it felt to us that this was the most honest answer to both of the questions. You have two characters who really care about each other and were heading in this direction. So, if Beckett had said no [to Castle], it felt like it would have been a little artificial. I don’t think she would have been honest with herself. But if she said no to the job in D.C., it would also be a betrayal of who she was. We thought that this would give us some really interesting storytelling. In today’s society, contemporary couples really have to balance out career and family. It’s something that we wanted to tackle through our fun lens on Castle.

It also gives you a chance to make Kate a little vulnerable again at work. She’s not exactly her happiest when we jump forward a few months.
 She’s been the best of the best, and now she’s the new kid in school in D.C. She’s struggling to make it work, she’s struggling to fit in and she’s struggling to balance her personal and professional life, which is hard. She feels like she’s not doing either particularly well. She feels like she’s failing at her relationship with Castle. She feels like she’s failing at her job, and Castle is trying to figure it out. He’s pulled between family and this new relationship and two cities.

Will that be the thrust for the stories this season?
Marlowe: A lot of it will be figuring out, now that we’ve done this, is it the right thing? How are we going to make this work? There are some questions and concerns that they’ve been kicking down the road that I think they’ll have to confront this year.

Such as?
Marlowe: Let me put it this way, I think that there are things when you’re in a relationship that you know about each other, but once you escalate the relationship, there are new things that you find out about what you believe in. We haven’t talked about whether or not Castle wants kids. Does Beckett want kids? Are they going to get a place together? Is she going to move into the loft? Is he going to move into her place? There’s all sorts of practicalities but then there are going to be other challenges. But our initial challenge is: How are they going to make this relationship work long-distance? How are they going to try and balance it so everybody can have everything? Can they have everything or is somebody going to sacrifice something?
Of course, you also have McCord giving Beckett her two cents. How will their relationship develop?
Marlowe: Beckett is looking at McCord as a kind of role model. There are a number of issues I think Beckett is dealing with. One is the career-versus-family and seeing who McCord is, what she’s achieved and where she’s ended up. I think the other thing that’s very important for the Beckett character is life has always been clear to her as a cop. If you commit a murder, I come get you and you do your time. In D.C., things are much more politically murky. In D.C. people have agendas, and the people who are ultimately responsible [aren’t always] going to be held accountable.

How much of a problem will that be for Beckett?
Marlowe: I think that that’s going to be a struggle for Beckett and something that McCord is going to try and help her navigate her way through. Given who Beckett is at her core, will she be able to make that adjustment? Will she be able to see the greater good or will she be focused the same way she always has?

Obviously, Castle isn’t making Beckett’s transition at work any easier. Can he just not keep himself from sticking his nose in things?
: It’s who he is and it’s his response to the fact that the relationship isn’t quite working. In Castle’s mind, the magic is when the two of them are together, when they’re batting theories back and forth. He’s a guy who’s just trying to make the magic happen again in the relationship because they haven’t been able to see each other. [He thinks,] maybe this is a way in which we can have relationship moments. Whether or not it’s appropriate I don’t think crosses his mind. He’s always gotten away with stuff his whole life. He sticks his nose in, he gets his hand slapped, but that’s not the end of it.

Well, in this case, he sticks his nose in and gets stuck with a biochemical toxin! Why did you decide to start the season with such a high-stakes two-parter?
We wanted to open with interesting, compelling storytelling that gets Castle wrapped up in a case that he can’t get out of. We didn’t feel like we could fully accomplish that in 42 minutes with the emotional pieces that were going on. It’s not our intent to keep the rest of the season serialized. It’s our intent to get back to our conventional pattern.

Assuming he doesn’t die, will that experience maybe teach Castle to tread a little more lightly?
Marlowe: I think after that experience, Castle has very little appetite to meddle in Beckett’s cases in D.C.

Is there any part of Beckett’s struggle with the new job that strengthens her relationship with Castle?
Marlowe: There are times when things are going to happen that make her question the relationship. But, yes, there are other times when things are going to happen where she’s really glad to have somebody in her corner, somebody backing her up and that strength. Kate’s never had a relationship like that. She’s getting the benefit of it.

So, when’s the wedding?
Marlowe: [Laughs] Exactly! That’s what happens in these situation. You get engaged and everybody around you — Ryan Esposito, Laney — they start asking, “When’s the wedding?” In the first handful of episodes, it’s going to be Castle and Beckett settling into the engagement, but as we get later in the year, those questions are going to start to come up — setting the date, where we’re going to do it, who we’re going to invite and all that. And in the midst of it, people are going to die and we’re going to have to investigate their murders along the way!