CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Teases the Castle-Beckett Relationship and Debunks the MOONLIGHTING Curse | Give Me My Remote

CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Teases the Castle-Beckett Relationship and Debunks the MOONLIGHTING Curse

February 7, 2011 by  

Now that Castle and Beckett have shared a kiss, where do they go from here?

To find out, I went to CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe to get the scoop about the “Knockdown” fallout, which scene was unfortunately left on the cutting room floor, what’s coming up for Castle and Beckett and that pesky MOONLIGHTING curse…

Did you get the reaction you hoped you’d get from the last new episode, “Knockdown”?
Andrew Marlowe:
Yeah. I was very pleased to see the audience’s reaction. And you know, the thing I was most worried about was the kiss. I knew that there were going to be some fans who reacted to the fact that it was a decoy kiss and there are a lot of shippers out there — the relationshippers online who are really rooting for Castle and Beckett to get together — but I want to make sure their relationship develops in the right way. And I think the majority of the fans reacted really well, recognizing that it started out as one thing and ended up as another, so they were able to get what they were looking for without me having to accelerate the Castle-Beckett relationship too quickly.

I think as much as people want them to get together, none of us want to sacrifice the fun of the journey. So we still have a little bit of a journey [to go]. And I thought with the depth of the episode, I’m really proud of that one. It’s one of our finest episodes. You can’t do an episode that personal every week, but when you do it, you want to do it right. We had a great guest cast, all of our principles showed up and all of our supporting cast did a really excellent job. So I was really pleased with it.

It was a great episode. I can understand the reluctance to accelerate the Castle-Beckett relationship too fast, but it seemed like this kiss did move things along its own way. Obviously if it was an intended romantic kiss, it would be an entirely different situation right now for the show.
AM:
Yeah, because otherwise it would be game over on their romantic tension. You would have resolved it. But you leave [the “Knockdown” kiss] feeling like, oh they both want more, and yet they’re not quite ready to take that step because of everything that they’d risk. So I think that puts us in a really good place to continue this storytelling and continue to ratchet up the stakes as we move towards the end of the season.

And how will the kiss impact Castle and Beckett? Will they acknowledge it further to each other or anyone else?
AM:
It’s unspoken between them initially because we don’t want to delve back in and just talk about the kiss. We all felt that when we looked at scenes like that, it cheapened what they went through. And I think they’re both still processing what it means emotionally. As you know, Beckett is in a relationship with somebody and she’s going to wrestle with that as well.

When we come up to the [upcoming] two-parter, she comes to a crossroads with her boyfriend, Josh and is trying to figure out what to do with it. And part of the issue is Josh is a really great boyfriend on paper: he rides a motorcycle, he’s a cardiac surgeon, he goes off to Doctors Without Borders to save people in Africa. But the problem with that is that he’s not around. She has to wrestle with somebody who is perfect on paper, but not around for her. And she wants someone who is going to be around for her. And then she turns and Castle is always there. Those are things we wrestle with in the two-parter for Beckett — how she deals with her relationship. She’s really at a bit of a crossroads.

All of that is informed by that unspoken thing between her and Castle. She’s trying to manage her life, whereas we can see Castle knows what he missed. At the end of last season, he made the wrong choice. He thought she was with Demming, so he withdrew and the timing was really bad and it kind of broke Beckett’s heart. She put all of her feelings away and now they’re starting to leak out again. And that’s why we were a little bit coy and cool at the beginning of the season in terms of their relationship because she had to find a level of trust again.

Does Castle actually realize the extent of what he missed out on? Obviously he knows that she and Demming broke up, but does he realize she might have been about to make a major confession to him before he revealed he had reunited with Gina?
AM:
I’m not sure he knows, but I think the fact that he comes back and she wasn’t with Demming, that speaks volumes to him. It raises questions. No one was in that hallway when [Beckett] broke up with [Demming] and as a character, she plays her cards really close to the vest.  She’s somebody who because of things that have happened in her past, she has a hard time trusting and I think we’ve seen that in her behavior. And part of the Castle-Beckett relationship from the very first season was, “Can I trust this guy who’s around me not to screw up all my cases?” And he’s earned a level of trust on the cases with her and that’s a building block for thinking, “Is this guy worthy of a relationship? Can I go there?”

And I’m sure Beckett has questions in the back of her mind that she hasn’t answered yet in terms of his marriages. He’s gone through two marriages — what does that mean for a potential future? He acts like a womanizer, but is he really? Because he seems really loyal. And all these things are all the stuff that is playing in the background of their relationship. And I think fans absolutely pick up on it — the subtleties and the looks between the two of them, that’s where really the magic happens. And when they’re putting a case together and their verbal swordplay, you just see the attraction coming out.

I did love that you revealed in “Knockdown” that Beckett had started working on the secret murder-board for her mother’s case while Castle was away with Gina. It felt like we got so much insight into her character with that one sentence.
AM:
Yeah. And the look on his face was, I think, when that moment landed for him. Like, “I went away and this is where she went.”

Exactly. And speaking of Beckett’s family, I know there were promotional pictures of Beckett’s father from “Knockdown,” but he didn’t appear in the episode. Was his scene cut?
AM:
Yeah, he had a great scene in the episode and we were just slammed on time.  And it was one [scene] where we could pull the scene out and all the storytelling still tracked. It was one of the last things I cut [out of the episode]. Scott Paulin (Jim) is a great actor, he’s a friend of mine, I had to break the news to him that he didn’t make this [episode]. But we love the character and we’re toying whether we want to release the scene now or if we want to use a version of it when we get to the end of the season, because we will be touching on some of this stuff by the end of the season. But it was a great scene, we were really pleased with  it, we were just so slammed on time that we just couldn’t include it. It was a fun scene. So we’ll either release it by the end of the year or fans will see a version of it, because Castle meeting the dad is a really nice moment.

Very cool. Looking forward, has the kiss and the events of the last episode shifted the dynamic of the Castle-Beckett relationship? Their power seesaw obviously is constantly shifting, but is someone more in control now?
AM:
I think that the fun of the show is that seesaw. So yeah, the power shifts and certainly in terms of the relationship, Beckett has a lot of the power now because she’s the one who has the other relationship, so she’s the one who’s creating the obstacle. So in a lot of ways, it’s really safe for her to push the relationship a little bit further because she has a place to retreat to. And I think that that puts the burden on us to make sure that Castle is bringing his A-game to the cases because that’s the way he proves his worth to Beckett — that he’s the one who’s always there. So in a lot of ways I think it magnifies everything we’ve been playing with, that the audience is going to look through the magnifying lens.

The Castle-Beckett fans are certainly examining those scenes carefully for subtext.
AM:
Yeah, that’s true. And there are fans who are probably going to be frustrated if we don’t confront the kiss straight on. But if we do that, I feel that’s not the way the two of these people act. That’s not the way Castle and Beckett act. They try and figure out what it means, they play things in subtext, neither one of them wants to be the one exposing themselves or to be the one to say,”I love you” first because the bar for how hurt they could get if the other one doesn’t respond is so high. Because of the investment they have in the relationship, I think they’re both tip-toeing into it and tip-toeing around it.

I know you’ve mentioned the MOONLIGHTING curse before in relation to Castle and Beckett’s relationship. Is that something you actually take seriously?
AM:
I don’t view it as a curse at all. I just think there’s a little more storytelling we can do before we get them together. I think there’s inevitably going to be a point in the show where beyond that point the fans feel like we’re just jerking them around. I don’t think you can get to a season seven or so without doing something because then I think your characters just become brother and sister and the romantic tension goes away. You can’t sustain it that long.

I believe there’s storytelling on the other side of it, you know? That when people are in a relationship it can be just as difficult, it can be just as complex, there can be just as much banter and there can be just as much rooting for people. But I think we’re not at that point yet. I think we have a lot of storytelling to get there. I think inevitably if we got them together too soon, fans would get what they think they want, but they’d be disappointed on missing out on all the stuff that they’re responding to [now] every week.

Are you excited to see where the Castle-Beckett relationship goes from here?

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39 Responses to “CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Teases the Castle-Beckett Relationship and Debunks the MOONLIGHTING Curse”

  1. EL on February 7th, 2011 7:41 pm

    The beginning of the interview sounds horribly like he’s channeling Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan. Thankfully, the end of the interview doesn’t. It doesn’t sound as if he’s planning to pull a Bones. I think most viewers have had enough of that.

  2. JESS on February 7th, 2011 7:49 pm

    Hart and Stephen could take a page from their book. We’re going to hit season seven without Brennan and Booth ever knocking boots.

  3. Kath (canakatydid) on February 7th, 2011 7:51 pm

    I never think that I can love this show more or love anything more than the characters and the actors who play them (NATHAN…ahem…excuse me…cough!) but then I read interviews like this and I realize just how much I love the writing, structure, and plot of the show too, not to mention the genius that is Andrew Marlowe.

    Great job Marisa…thanks for this!

  4. Josephine on February 7th, 2011 7:56 pm

    I have to say I liked this interview it seems like the does not plan on pulling a Bones on this show I agree with them that there are still steps that can be taken before getting them together but season six/seven is to late, wihc we have clearly seen with this season of Bones and it does not really surprise me that the writers of Castle have looked at how that went and decided to take another rute, meaning that they don’t plan on taking it just as far before the main couple get together that Bones have.
    HH and SN should read this interview, anyone who can tweet it to them?

  5. ACP on February 7th, 2011 8:38 pm

    Great interview 🙂 You always have such great, thorough questions.

    I like what he has to say about the relationship and getting there, and I agree. Plus, the way they’ve been handling it so far has been fab.

  6. Kate on February 7th, 2011 9:13 pm

    Words can’t describe how much I love this show. Thanks for a great interview. Andrew Marlowe seems to “get it”. I LOVE the idea of Castle and Beckett together, but I love the thought of 7 seasons of this show even more. No matter what he does with the characters, I really hope it goes that long!

  7. Joy on February 7th, 2011 9:17 pm

    Wow! It is refreshing to hear a showrunner talk about the stories you can tell on the “other side” of the characters getting together! So often you hear “once they get together then no one’s interested.” If the fanfiction written about television couples are any indication, people are as interested in what happens after they get together as they are with the when and how they actually get together.

    Unless, of course, the show drags them getting together out to six or seven seasons by using unbelievable storylines to keep the characters apart while simultaneously losing track of each character’s history and development so that they seem to have developed multiple personality disorders. (For examples of this phenomena see, “Bones.”) Then, people do tune out, so that by the time the watered down version of the characters actually get together, the audience investment isn’t there anymore and the audience just cuts its losses.

    Sounds like Castle isn’t about to make that error, which bodes well for the show and future DVD sales. I mean, how many people today would buy DVD’s for the X-Files past season six?

  8. Kaye on February 7th, 2011 9:19 pm

    Wonderful interview. I absolutely love this show. Loved the questions and Mr.Marlowe’s answers. I love where the show is now and really look forward to where it will go and I am not the least bit worried about the Moonlighting curse. I know these writers/actors/actresses won’t let that happen!!

  9. Rose on February 7th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Wow! He seems really nice, answers questions, likes fans, respects shippers, and doesn’t to want his viewers dissatisfied. Okay, I am convinced that he should take over cough* Bones* cough.

  10. athena on February 7th, 2011 9:46 pm

    You hear that Hart Hanson? Oh, I like this guy. He knows people will get tired and feel cheated if it takes too long. And I do agree that it’s too soon.

    Great interview.

  11. Janet (luvmydautr) on February 7th, 2011 9:47 pm

    This is why I love this show, Andrew Marlowe know what he wants & what we want & it shows on Castle. I have never enjoyed a show as much as I have Castle. The cast is amazing, one week you are laughing, the next you are at the edge of your seat. I especially love the scenes between Nathan & Molly, they make you believe that they are really fauther & Daughter.

    I loved this interview & the questions that were asked. Andrew gave us true, honest answers. Thank You Andrew for bring us this wonderful show.

  12. Drippan on February 7th, 2011 11:08 pm

    Hey Marisa,

    I feel like this was a great Castle interview and a slap in the face to another series *coughBonescough*.

    After reading the reviews, it seems like ‘keeping the main characters apart with stupid/contrived plotlines’ will be refered to as ‘Pulling a Bones’.

  13. Latisha Stover on February 8th, 2011 12:22 am

    I want nothing more than to see Castle and Beckett together, but I love what Andrew Marlowe is doing with the characters. it keeps me coming back for more. So having Castle and Beckett together now will be too soon

  14. ProudTVJunkie on February 8th, 2011 12:36 am

    I love Andrew Marlowe and the way he’s handling this show. I’m enjoying the slow build of the Castle / Beckett relationship because I know it’s heading somewhere. With Bones it’s just gotten too frustrating and it’s taken away a lot of the enjoyment of the show. It’s killed the chemistry where the Castle chemistry is off the chart. BTW, great interview. You asked all the questions I wanted answered. Nice job.

  15. LostBoneyBoot on February 8th, 2011 12:49 am

    FANTASTIC interview, Marisa. I am so pleased that you tracked Andrew down and got to get such well-considered and thoughtful answers out of him. None of this “evading the question” or “poking fun at fans” nonsense, which has sadly been dished out all too regularly this year from the likes of showrunners from other similar shows!

    I love that Andrew understands what it is that fans realy love about this show, and that he is so tuned into the subtleties and the things that are important for fans to be able to see addressed in the build up to an eventual relationship between Castle and Beckett, eg working through Castle’s divorces and what went wrong, and working out just how loyal he can be in a relationship, and having Beckett work through her own insecurities.

    I also love that he is already well aware of the ways he can continue great story-telling “on the other side” of UST. I am soooooooooo excited to hear this… AND that he has no desire to drag out the UST for years and years with contrived ploys that just irritate fans, weaken the characters, and ultimately ruin the chemistry. I agree with whoever it was in the above comments who said that from now on, shows that do that can be referred to as “pulling a Bones”… too true!!

    Thank you Marisa.

  16. LostBoneyBoot on February 8th, 2011 12:54 am

    Also – forgot to say in earlier post – but I can’t wait to see the cut scene with Beckett’s father and Castle.

    All the great ideas that us fans dream up and “wish” we could get to see in the show, he seems to think of them and delivers them.

    I feel like I’ve been burned with certain other shows and thus don’t want to really get too obsessed with tv shows anymore, for fear that it will start out great but end up ruined. This interview gives me total trust that Andrew Marlowe knows exactly what he is doing and us fans can trust him not to ruin “our” show (and I feel like he wouldn’t mind me calling it “our” show, as opposed to you know who).

  17. Kate on February 8th, 2011 2:50 am

    LOL this was basically him saying they F’d up on Bones, but we wont do that here. Ha though we will have to wait and see. If I recall the writers on Bones were also being careful because they thought the show would break when those two got together. i feel like in Hollywood people think if you get the main characters together the ones every one wants together you wreck the dynamic, but I don’t think it’s true Psych did a great job and proved them wrong. Ahhh well maybe they’ll manage to fix bones by the end of the season gosh I still can’t believe the last episode where Bones asked about what if you let that person get away and Booth acted like oh they never really leave, but acting like he didn’t know it was him WHAT WAS THAT. Anyway I hope they don’t pull this here. They built up a wonderful dynamic and after all just because people get together doesn’t mean that it’s happily ever after….Sex and The City proved that one, though probably went way too far with that sequel.

  18. Lexi on February 8th, 2011 2:55 am

    Hope they’re doing it better than the Bones guys. They messed up.
    This sounds cool though 🙂 I hope we’ll get more inside looks from him.

  19. peej on February 8th, 2011 4:33 am

    I loved reading this interview too and agree that it’s so refreshing to hear a showrunner speak of stories they can tell on the other side of the will-they-won’t-they. Because there are SO many stories. Bravo!

    Having given up on Bones after this trainwreck of a season and the destruction of characters I was so obsessed with, I’m very pleased to read such a viewpoint, especially since I have now started to catch up with Castle and loved what I’ve seen so far. Good work. Great interview Marisa.

    These are the sort of positive, lack of double talk and innuendo interviews I’d forgotten could exist. He actually says something and doesn’t speak in vague riddles. Oh. My. Goodness.

  20. Nonny on February 8th, 2011 6:51 am

    There is NO “Moonlighting curse!” Moonlighting failed because the two lead actors loathed each other off-camera and they couldn’t overcome that with good enough acting or body language to fool the audience…, and the scripts weren’t that good. Puh-leeze, get over the false notion that lead characters shouldn’t get together too quickly! Get better actors or get better script writers who can write for adults in adult relationships, not adolescents! The show is off the air. Get over it.

    Bones is failing because the scripts are contrived to keep the protagonists apart instead of having them grow and evolve as adults. They are now emotional adolescents in an adult world. As long as they’re acting like tongue-tied seventh graders, there’s nowhere for the relationship to go. They need an adult make-over really fast or they can kiss the fan base goodbye. Contrived scripts are boring!

    The last five episodes (and one earlier episode that had Beckett acting like a five-year-old meeting a balding old man) of Season II on Castle had me thinking it would fail because of those horribly contrived “keep-them-apart” utterly stupid scripts (and that after finally getting Esposito and Castle shaved to look like a professional cop and a man who is proud of his appearance and over his depression and writer’s block, and a good make-up artist and hair stylist for Beckett – and in spite of the appearance shortcomings, I even bought the Season I DVD because of the story lines; first time I ever bought a TV show on DVD). The writers have now spent almost all of Season III (sometimes awkwardly) getting Castle and Beckett on an even keel again, like they started out in Season I with some rather zippy scripts that had me hoping for dialogue as sharp as a Hepburn-Tracy or Hepburn-Grant movie, or something as sensual as ABC’s Hart to Hart of many years ago that had Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers exchanging hot kisses in between solving serious mysteries, and the dialogue was funny, sensual, sweet, and serious by turns. It was a very nice series and I’ve missed it.

    Castle’s positive interaction with his mother and his daughter need to stay positive. No need to go into angst-driven dramas, just the wonderful, funny, sweet dialogue, even the ‘talking to’ things like Martha just did with Castle in last week’s episode. The father-daughter relationship that has been so positive has been a delight to observe; it always makes me smile.

    I like Kurt Vonnegut’s eight rules for writing short stories. For one-hour TV shows, writers need to pay attention to #8 regarding the main characters: “Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.”

    The dialogue between ADULT characters needs to be more open and adult-oriented (with a little time out for silly things like making snow angels for winter scenes, or bringing the loved one a flower, or singing silly love songs, etc.), then with secure emotions and knowledge of each others’ abilities and strengths, the lead characters can work on the mysteries and still have romantic moments, even little tiffs they can settle before the episode ends, in between catching the bad guys. The writers do, however, need to leave off the adolescent angst-ridden crap and get these people back to dealing with emotions like adults.

  21. peej on February 8th, 2011 9:19 am

    Just one more thing. I just wanted to say how great it is that a showrunner doesn’t want to jerk around the fans, get them ‘riled up’ and ‘make them angry and annoyed and angsty’ every single episode. That’s not why I watch television and I’m baffled as to why anyone would think I would. I’m in that precious demo too.

  22. Drippan on February 8th, 2011 9:34 am

    Nonny,

    ‘Moonlighting Curse’ is just the name they have given this phenomenon even though there was more wrong with the show.

    “A rose by any other name would smell sweet”. ‘Moonlighting’ just happened to be the TV series they named the phenomenon after.

    Bonesaphobia: Fear of the ‘Moonlighting Curse’.

  23. Alesandra on February 8th, 2011 10:44 am

    What a delightful interview, Marisa. You are such a thorough interviewer. You ask spot on questions. Thank you for that!

    I have a huge amount of respect for Andrew Marlowe. He is honest and very thoughtful in the way he crafts his show and you can see it in the final product. He cares that there is story and character continuity on Castle. That matters to fans because real fans look for the subtleties, and the continuity, to help us shape our view of the story.

    He actually cares that the journey is ENJOYABLE for the audience, and doesn’t talk down to us like we are children that have never watched a television show before. Everything on Castle just sparkles: the acting, the writing, the production values, and the relationship journey. This is absolutely my favorite show because I can tell how well thought out and crafted this show’s structure is… and that comes from the helm, the showrunner. Well done, Mr. Marlowe. I can’t wait to see the journey unfold. I’m in for the full ride.

  24. Bear75 on February 8th, 2011 11:06 am

    Every week I get frustrated that these two don’t sort it out and get together but I think Andrew Marlowe is spot on; if that did happen now, part of my reason for tuning in each week would go. I think these writers are brilliant, giving us so many different types of story lines that I really don’t know what each ep will bring and I love that mix of comedy, drama, romance & thriller genres. It would appear that Marlowe is mindful of the ‘Bones’ effect, where most of us have lost the will to give a crap about whether or not they will now couple up & I think as a result, when Castle & Beckett do finally get it on, these fab writers have the chops to comedicly address the challenges that a relationship could bring to the murder board… Marlowe is clearly king of his Castle and long may he reign :0)

  25. O.O on February 8th, 2011 2:05 pm

    Really like how honest and straightforward AM is here. It doesn’t feel like he’s pandering to fans or talking down to them. He’s honest about not wanting to put Castle and Beckett together yet, but he’s not teasing or denying the UST either. I just hope he doesn’t change.

  26. Allison on February 8th, 2011 2:07 pm

    This is such a refreshing interview… as long as the relationship moves forward it will not disappoint. and the line about after chracters are in a relationship theres more to play with is spot on as well

  27. Innie on February 8th, 2011 4:06 pm

    The interview sounds great, and I’m definitely ok with another season of teasing out Beckett and Castle. The UST isn’t tired, it’s still fun to just flirt. But I’m also so jaded by Bones, and I think HH said similar things back in the day. I don’t know if another season later, AM is going to jerk fans around like HH did.

  28. PoppyP on February 8th, 2011 4:26 pm

    Innie, when AM resorts to namecalling like HH has this season, then Castle fans will be in trouble. But like you said, for now, the flirting is fun.

    Forget the Moonlighting Curse, the burn from Bones still stings. Really, really hope AM doesn’t change his tune.

  29. Tofutti on February 9th, 2011 12:10 pm

    What a great interview! All the questions the fans want answered and truly thought out answers. Wow. What a breath of fresh air after all the run around we seem to get from other show creators.
    I was reluctant to follow another network show with a romance between the two leads because, seriously, none of them seem to know how to let a relationship progress naturally anymore. Honestly, I watched the pilot because I couldn’t say no to Nathan Fillion. Now I’ve completely fallen in love with this show and Stana Katic. I was worried about the kiss when I saw the promo pics but when I watched the eps it was absolutely perfect. Seriously serious kudos for that second kiss. It made me smile.
    As for the ‘Moonlighting Curse’, I would die happy if I never heard those words again. It’s the fear of it that kills the show because they drag the romance out until no one cares anymore.Thank you Andrew Marlowe for giving me hope that that won’t happen to Castle and Beckett.
    The thought of having a show actually go past the UST and make it work makes me giddy. I have faith that AM can keep that sexual tension sizzling even after they’ve done the deed.

  30. dmcw on February 9th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Wonderful interview Marisa; you always manage to ask thought-provoking questions in a way that fleshes out shows and characters for fans. Thank you!

    I am so pleased by what Andrew Marlowe had to say in this interview. With him at the helm, it’s no wonder that this show is still so smartly written in its third season, with well-developed characters, witty dialogue, plenty of subtext to keep fans engaged, and the most enticing central pair on TV.

    It’s wonderful that Mr. Marlowe intends to let fans enjoy the little moments along the way to Castle and Beckett developing a romantic relationship, but also sees the storyline potential on the ‘other side’. So many shows damage the characters or the chemistry of a pairing with contrived obstacles or ridiculous storylines in an attempt to maintain romantic tension…and then wait until the end of a series to join the couple, robbing fans of observing the fun, tension, and challenges in making a relationship work.

    I appreciate so much that Andrew Marlowe has been true to these characters and their back story and to the journey they have been on, with all their insecurities and baggage. I look forward to seeing how the story continues to unfold. This show is truly TV at its best.

  31. merycharlotte on February 9th, 2011 6:27 pm

    This interview was great, and Marlow is a great writter, he and all the cast, especially Nathan and Stana make this show the best in the TV, this season is amazing and the characters are grow up in their roles, Castle is so different to Moonlighting, i don´t belive in that curse, Moongligthing failed because the two lead actors didn´t like each other off the camera andthe scripts weren´t so good.

  32. Holly on February 11th, 2011 9:56 pm

    Andrew is a really smart guy; a testament to this is that he has managed to wrestle three seasons out of a series with an extremely feeble central premise, but I would say that, all things being equal, a bit more New York attitude could help give the series a bit more solidity without necessarily turning characters into stereotypes or caricatures or diminish quality.

    I think for that reason the execution is slightly off in many aspects, and is that gap between premise and execution I have a problem with. It could very well be the nature of episodic television writing, and this is something the audience is very aware of, and why their support is unwavering notwithstanding.
    For my money, however, it can be greatly improved.

  33. Sarah on February 12th, 2011 3:24 pm

    Excellent interview, Marisa!

    Andrew Marlowe is the gold standard of showrunners. He loves his story and it shows in all of the nuances and “moments” threaded through the series. He really does get it. Its about staying true to your characters and telling the story in a way that is both compelling and satisfying. He ALWAYS gives payoff in his episodes for fan investment in his characters. He should give a class because very few shows understand the concept of storyline payoff. Can’t wait to see where he takes the story! Love it!

  34. Kate on February 13th, 2011 12:13 am

    Thank you for this interview. I have hope again.

    Whenever I hear someone from Castle talk about The Moonlighting Curse, my heart sinks because more shows have got in trouble from waiting too long to hook up their duo than from doing it and having nowhere to go to. Marlowe and Fillion have said the dreaded words too many times.

    But from this, it seems like Marlowe has A Plan. I hope it’s a plan that moves forward from now on. The first third of the season felt lacklustre because the spark between Castle and Beckett was gone since they were both in relationships with other people. Hopefully things will keep ‘shiny’ from now on and not move backwards.

  35. laurie on February 22nd, 2011 9:48 pm

    Great interview.
    I loved the moment when the guy in the orange suit walked in and said, “‘all clear” and castle, who had obviously worked himself up for an emotional confession looked just exasperated and rolled his eyes. Fillion can do so much with his expressions when his co-star is talking, he has such expressive eyes and is such an active listener, you’ll forget you should be listening to the actor doing the talking.
    I am grateful that Marlowe gets it, and that fans felt betrayed by Hart’s cavalier attitude about what the fans wanted, as if we were all children and so of course couldn’t be given that. Even up to a year ago, I was fully invested in Bones, and by the time I saw what they did with the last 2 months of the season and then the Fiasco that has been Bones this year, I’m over it. I don’t care anymore, in fact, I think its probably best if they don’t get together. The sexual chemistery is gone, they really are like a brother and sister now, and I feel much more confident knowing that while Marlowe is letting the relationship develop he isn’t going to drive the lovebus off the cliff.
    Anyone who thinks all conflict, chemistry and passion go out once a couple declare their feelings for each other hasn’t been in a very interesting longterm relationship. My husband and I had an intensley rocky up and down filled first few years of marriage. It wasn’t that we thought about breaking up but my god the things we came up with to argue about, and then make up about. I get the whole Moonlight curse thing but I also think that it is a cop out for so many reasons and if the writing and acting is there a relationship can withstand actually being “a relationship” for pete’s sake.

  36. ANN on March 1st, 2011 6:51 pm

    I love Castle..I was so crazy about Bones until epsoide 100, since then the show has gone down hill, now I really don,t care if I watch it any more or not..How Brennen can be so brillant with dead bones, but knows nothing about the living..She just makes me furious..HH should take note from Castle’s writers, they are doing an excellant job at getting me to come by week after week, because I always think next week will be the week they get together…I did this for 4 years with Bones and after epsoide l00 it is all gone..I hope HH of Bones is happy…..Keep up the good works Marlowe of Castle…Waiting for the next epsoide…….LOVE THE SHOW CASTLE

  37. alsnow on July 3rd, 2011 9:29 pm

    wake up people…. I too was a very good fan of Castle but not anymore… If its one thing I’ve learned after watching all promos before each ep in season 3… they show something in promo & show entirely something else in the actual episode. Even if Marlowe says what he says what gaurentee is there that he wuld keep his word… I think he just wants to play around, get the audience to wait & wait & wait for castle & beckett to get together untill they seem like brother & sister. I’m over it now & thank god for it. Don’t wanna say ‘I told you so’ but they will be together atleast till season 6/7 probably andrew may decide that season 8 is good for them to finally be together

  38. alsnow on July 3rd, 2011 9:32 pm

    and lastly I would be happy to continue watch the series for the cases and other characters except the stupid castle & beckett relationship which i’m sure will never happen finally till season 6/7.. Suggestion to Andrew: stop with the bullshit promos that show castle & beckett coming together and in the real episode it turns out to be otherwise… take a new route to build momentum than your shitty bait & switch tactic cause its now getting old

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