Smash lived up to its title, winning the final hour of Monday's prime time, and fresh off The Voice's Season 2 debut after the Super Bowl, it posted formidable numbers, making for a huge night for NBC.
Monday's Castle is taking its characters (and viewers) back in time.
Exclusive: Castle boss and Stana Katic dish on Castle's first muse
As Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the murder of a treasure hunter who was searching for the elusive "Blue Butterfly" necklace before his death, the pair stumbles onto the victim's guidebook: a diary from a 1940s private investigator named Joe Flynn. It's not long before Castle brings the old text to life by imagining himself as the P.I. who is trying to save a beautiful young woman named Vera (Beckett, naturally) from the notorious gangster Tom Dempsey (guest star Mark Pellegrino).
Since Castle and Beckett...
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Resist the urge to pigeonhole or, worse, dismiss NBC's Smash as a "Glee for grownups." It's more original and exciting than that, bringing a thrilling charge of bold creative energy to network TV's mid-season that the fall largely lacked. Smash (premiering tonight at 10/9c, and maybe you caught wind of it during the Super Bowl?) is a musical show-stopper, a lavish and dishy wallow in the glittery yet ...
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When Jennifer Beals comes to Castle as part of a February sweeps two-parter, she will be more than just one of Rick Castle's old flames.
Exclusive: Castle books Jennifer Beals for two-parter
When Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) discover a murder victim who was apparently murdered by a rogue CIA agent, they quickly find themselves in the middle of a much larger investigation, led by Beals' Sophia Conrad.
"She is a CIA agent and, as we know, in Richard Castle's first series of books, a female CIA agent figured prominently," creator and executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe tells TVGuide.com. "So, of course, it would lead us to ask: Is Beckett Castle's first muse?"
Naturally, Beckett learning that she isn't Castle's first will leave Beckett with lots of questions about the will-they-won't-they couple's future...
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Castle is taking a page from fellow ABC drama Once Upon a Time.
Sarah Jane Morris and Taylor Kinney have both been tapped to guest-star in an upcoming fairy tale-themed episode, TVLine.com reports.
Morris (NCIS/Brothers & Sisters) will portray...
This was a good week for welcoming back familiar and much-missed talent to some very good shows. Let's start with one of cable's underdogs, TNT's gritty and gripping police drama Southland, which introduced Carl Lumbly (who'll always be Dixon from Alias to me) as the squad's militaristic new captain, Brucker. "Our job just got harder," grumbles one of the grunts. Bad for him, good for Southland. Pledging to command a pro-active patrol, with Mickey D applications at the ready for those who screw up, Brucker's mantra is: "We protect! We serve! And we kick a— till we smell s---!" Yeah, he's that kind of boss.
Alcatraz — which last week made Fox's strongest dramatic series debut in three years — didn't have too many escapees, losing just about 10 percent of its audience in its second week, according to Nielsen overnights.
It also fell just to 3.0 from 3.3 among 18-to-49-year-olds from the two-hour debut — making it the season's third new drama series to post a rating of at least a 3.0 in its second week (after Terra Nova and Once Upon a Time).
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Perhaps no series is better suited to a 1940s film-noir homage than ABC's Castle, which goes back in time on February 6.
"Castle comes across a diary that links the events of a murder back to 1947," explains exec producer Andrew Marlowe. "As he reads, he pictures himself as a '40s P.I. and Stana [Katic, who plays Beckett] as a gangster's moll who owns a nightclub. Our fans will...