movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Apr 22 2016, 10:08pm | 8 comments
As I understand it, Castle is still up in the air for getting renewed at all – but Fillion is at least prepared in principle to do the show without Katic. I doubt I’ll be watching if he does. (Tamala Jones, the other female regular on the police side, is out too; neither of them is talking about it, but it’s clear that they’ve been thrown out rather than decided to leave or failed to reach contractual agreement.) Just as with Sleepy Hollow, the point of the show is the dynamic between the leads; if that’s not there any more, it’s just mystery-of-the-week procedural spackle.
Personally, I consider Castle to be a show about Toks Olagundoye’s character, with a bunch of other actors in supporting roles.
And yet there is a possibility that the show will continue. How can this be? Why is it not automatically a given that the show must end with the departure of Katic. It should be a given…
I agree; the point of the show is gone. This is particularly weird since the leads can’t be cheap after eight seasons and ratings have been shaky this year; I was really expecting a cancellation.
(Sleepy Hollow had a new production team this year, and again given the ratings I’m surprised that’s still up for renewal.)
And then there’s the shows that almost don’t make it because a hand-holding scene between two implied bisexual women is somehow inappropriate in a Y7 show that had a straight couple kiss… or just the fact that the show has a female lead is too much for executives. Who are the immature pricks that make these decisions?
i was livid when i realized the character of Lainie — such a great character — smart, funny, *competent* and unsubmissive — was gone for good. i’m pissed about stana katic too. i love nathan fillion but without these awesome women that carry his character (beckett, martha, the daughter, lainie), the show would be nothing. just your average dramadey about a barely competent writer/detective. and he hasn’t been doing much writing either. it was a slight but smart show. now, i won’t be watching.
So it turns out that Stana Katic was forced out of Castle…
You mean shows like this?:
Warning: SPOILER for Person of Interest:
Ironically, the actress whose character got shot in that clip — Sarah Shahi — is still on the show even though the events in that clip gave the writers the perfect excuse to write her out of future scripts. Go figure.
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