So, Nathan Fillion's new show Castle premiered tonight on ABC. And I have to say it surpassed my expectations, mainly because I didn't really have any expectations to begin with. I was very pleasantly surprised, and very happy to see Fillion in a new role.
The premise of the show, if you haven't heard, is that there has been a series of murders straight out of the crime novels of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) calls him in to gain some insight on the murders, but Castle finds it hard to take anything seriously, and so he tags along, as Beckett describes, "like a nine year old on a sugar rush." In the end, Castle returns to do research on his new heroine for the next series of novels.
Nathan Fillion is charming as ever, and really works the role of the fun, cocky, wisecracking novelist, and Katic keeps on par with Fillion in wit and strength. They work really well as a team; the dynamic is very interesting. As another detective put it, "A control freak like you [Beckett] with something you can't control? This is gonna be better than Shark Week." Castle knows people and can read them quite well, something that comes from his attention to detail in his novels. However, his total disregard for the rules could get him in trouble.
The show seems to be very character-driven, which I enjoy. Castle, though divorced, seems be close to his family, his daughter being as witty as he is. Even Castle's mother is hilarious.
Here is a preview of the first episode, if you missed it. And here is an interview with Fillion on the show. I am definitely looking forward to more of this show.