CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Previews ‘Reality Star Struck’
February 11, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
It’s Valentine’s Day on CASTLE, and the pressure is on for this holiday to go a little bit better than the last one Castle and Beckett spent together.
“There certainly are shenanigans, especially because the episode is told against the backdrop of reality TV this time…where we have a murder of one of the cast members of [fictional series] THE WIVES OF WALL STREET,” CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe teased. “When their husbands flamed out on Wall Street, these women had to get busy taking over. And one of their members has been killed. And that larger than life investigation and the fun of that investigation serves a backdrop for Castle and Beckett as it closes in on Valentine’s Day, and each is trying to figure out what the other one got them. But of course, Castle’s Valentine’s Day plans for Beckett go awry, and he’s left scrambling, trying to salvage the situation…Certainly what’s fun about it is Beckett doesn’t have Castle’s kind of money. So what’s she going to get him?”
Another noteworthy aspect of the hour is that the ABC series is hosting another mini-FIREFLY reunion: Gina Torres (Zoe on the short-lived Fox series) is guest-starring in the episode as one of the reality stars. And while it could be easy to just bring in Nathan Fillion’s former costars as a wink to his past, Marlowe was delighted that Torres fit the role she played so well.
“Right person for the right spot,” Marlowe said. “We’ve been on for five years and there are only so many actors and we’ve been going through them! And you know, sometimes we absolutely try. Sometimes we look at a role and go, ‘Man, Adam Baldwin is right-on the right person for this role and how great would it be to have that reunion?’ Gina was right for this role, so it was really great to bring her in. And there have been other folks we’ve looked at off the show who I think are terrific actors because I’m a fan, but they haven’t been available to us because they’re on other things.”
As for what the other characters will be up to in “Reality Star Struck,” Marlowe teased “we will touch upon [expanding Ryan and Jenny’s family] in the Valentine’s Day episode” and that Gates “has a tremendous turn…it’s a lot of fun.”
CASTLE airs Mondays at 10 PM on ABC.