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Nathan Fillion’s got a new show?

This is what I get for not reading fan sites. I only just discovered now, during a commercial break in the middle of Lost, that Nathan Fillion is gonna be appearing on my TV again on a regular basis. Seems ABC’s got a cop show called Castle debuting in March.

Honestly, it looks like the same old crap: snarking cops? Really? This is the best they can do? No wonder the networks are dying.

Ah, but wait. Fillion’s not a cop at all! From ABC’s official site for the show:

Castle is a 1 hour witty drama based on a famous crime and horror novelist who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes.

Richard “Rick” Castle [Nathan Fillion], a rock star of the literary world, is suffering from a case of writers block after killing off the main character in his novels and is struggling to come up with a replacement.

Castle had grown weary of having it all, “fame, fans and females”, when he was approached by the attractive Detective Kate Beckett [Stana Katic] of the NYPD to help catch the copy-cat killer staging murders based on scenes from his novels.

Castle is not a traditional investigator and his approach to solving the crimes conflicts with Beckett’s conservative approach leading to much tension and a hint of romance.

Oh my god. That makes me want to bash my head against a brick wall. And that’s before I even learned that Castle was created by Andrew W. Marlowe, screenwriter of such classics as End of Days, Hollow Man, and Hollow Man II. So not promising.

Also: Who do they think they’re fooling with Stana Katic’s faux Detective Benson? Maybe if it was Mariska Hargitay, there’d be the exciting possibility that the Lady Cop could actually kick Castle’s ass. Not that I’m advocating violence against men or anything, but this Castle dude is looking like the kind of guy who needs to be kept in line lest he steal all the good bits of dialogue. And you know there won’t be many, and they’ll all be jokes about “debriefing” and the potential usages of handcuffs outside of law-enforcement scenarios.

Oh, I’ll watch. It’s Nathan Fillion. But Castle’s gonna have to not-suck something fierce to keep me watching. I mean, look:

Does that inspire much confidence?



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