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CASTLE Post-Mortem: Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter on the Castle-Beckett Twist: This Season Will be About the Journey of That Relationship

September 29, 2015 by  
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[Warning: This post contains major, major, major spoilers for the CASTLE episode, “XX.” If you have not watched the second hour of season 8, please go watch it now, and then come back to see what showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter had to say about what went down.] Read more

CASTLE: New Showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter Tease Season 8

September 14, 2015 by  
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CASTLE is undergoing a good number of changes when the show returns on September 21st.

On-screen, THE NEIGHBORS’ Toks Olagundoye has joined the ABC drama as Hayley, a security specialist; meanwhile, Penny Johnson Jerald (Gates) is off the show, and Beckett is the new captain.

Off-screen, there are some changes at play, too. Season 7 showrunner David Amann has left, as have CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller. Long-time CASTLE writer Terence Paul Winter is now running the series with former CASTLE writer (and recent THE FOLLOWING co-showrunner) Alexi Hawley.

And season 8 is going to be a big one for the show.

“It’s going to be a great year…we have a delightful launch, these wonderful tentpoles where things are changing and evolving,” Winter shared. “And for the whole season, we’re telling a wonderful story from beginning to end that will further the love story of Castle and Beckett.”

I spoke with Winter and Hawley about taking over showrunner responsibilities, what’s in store this season, and more…

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CASTLE: Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter Preview Beckett’s Career Path

August 5, 2015 by  
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CASTLE season 8 will be making some changes to the established team dynamic.

While the season 7 finale had Beckett’s career options up in the air, new co-showrunner Alexi Hawley confirmed that Beckett will indeed be getting promoted when the ABC drama returns this fall.

“At the end of the day, she’s become the captain,” Hawley teased. “But she’s going to be a much more hands-on captain than we’ve seen. She’s still going to be involved in solving cases. What’s great is it changes her relationship with the boys…she’s their boss now. There’s some fun to be had there. We just thought it was a great way to shake things up. Going into season 8 of a show, you need to be able to do that.”

With Beckett’s promotion, she will fill the space that was once occupied by Captain Gates. And while Penny Johnson Jerald (Gates) is off the show as a series regular, Hawley and co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter indicated they’d be open to her returning for a guest spot if the timing could be worked out.

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CASTLE: Stana Katic to Return for Season 8

May 12, 2015 by  
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CASTLE’s leading lady will officially be a part of season 8: Stana Katic (Beckett) has signed a deal to return for next year, ABC has confirmed. (Nathan Fillion (Castle) signed on for season 8 last month.)

Last night’s season finale featured Beckett at a crossroads as she had to decide whether she’d pursue becoming a captain or going down the path of a political career. By the end of the hour, she was undecided, so viewers will get some resolution to that story.

The upcoming season will feature some behind-the-scenes changes, however. As previously reported, current showrunner David Amann is stepping down, with long-time CASTLE writer Terence Paul Winter and former CASTLE writer/current THE FOLLOWING co-showrunner Alexi Hawley taking over as co-showrunners. Additionally, CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller confirmed on Twitter that they’re leaving the series. (Marlowe and Miller co-wrote last night’s excellent finale.)

Update: An ABC rep has confirmed that the supporting cast has also signed on for season 8.

THE FOLLOWING’s Alexi Hawley Re-Joins CASTLE as Co-Showrunner

May 9, 2015 by  
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With THE FOLLOWING ending its run on Fox, co-showrunner Alexi Hawley has already lined up his next job: he’s re-joined CASTLE for its upcoming eighth season, and he’s been promoted to co-showrunner.

Hawley — who worked on the ABC drama from 2009-2012, and penned nine episodes during that time (including the excellent hour, “Kill Shot”) — will run the show with newly-minted showrunner, Terence Paul Winter. (Current CASTLE showrunner David Amann is stepping down after one year as showrunner.)

CASTLE’s season finale airs this Monday at 10 PM on ABC.

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CASTLE: Nathan Fillion Re-Signs, a Showrunner Shift Planned
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CASTLE: ABC President Paul Lee on the Future of the Show

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THE FOLLOWING Exclusive Sneak Peek: Producers, Michael Ealy Tease Theo and Ryan Meeting

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Things are heating up for THE FOLLOWING’s newest big bad, Theo.

In the exclusive video preview of this Monday’s new hour, “Flesh & Blood,” (below) co-showrunner Alexi Hawley shared, “Episode 8 is a big moment in the hunt for Theo…and he ultimately ends up having to scramble to keep us away from him during the course of the episode.”

“He’s created this whole life that is sort of perfect,” co-showrunner Brett Mahoney added. “And that’s why he truly resents Ryan getting on to him. No one has really done this before.”

Additionally, we’ll get to see a bit of parallels between the two as they have to deal with pressures outside of the chase: Theo has to throw a party for his wife, while Ryan has to attend a dinner party with his girlfriend. But those external forces won’t compare to the real explosive moment of the hour: when Ryan and Theo have their first “meeting.”

“The episode where Ryan and Theo meet, that’s where the fireworks will begin,” Michael Ealy (Theo) teased. “It’s a smart chess match between the two.”

Check out the video for more teases, and a little glimpse at what’s to come…

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THE FOLLOWING Post-Mortem: Alexi Hawley on the ‘Boxed In’ Fallout

March 9, 2015 by  
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[This post contains spoilers for THE FOLLOWING’s “Boxed In” episode. Please do not read this interview until you’ve seen the hour.]

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THE FOLLOWING Bosses on a Ryan Hardy-Centric Season 3, Michael Ealy’s New Big Bad, and More

February 9, 2015 by  
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We’re just three weeks away from the two-hour season premiere of THE FOLLOWING, and things are set to be a bit different when the show returns.

First of all, the Joe Carroll chapter of the series is over. While Carroll made it out alive (and James Purefoy’s Carroll will appear on the show)  — thanks to an alternate ending not making the final cut —  the focus of the show will shift more fully to Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy. (And Ryan will have to contend with a new baddie this season.)

There’s also been a behind-the-scenes transition in showrunners, as THE FOLLOWING creator Kevin Williamson has handed over showrunner duties to a trio of show vets: writers/executive producers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley, as well as director/executive producer Marcos Siega. (Williamson has been focused on CBS’ STALKER.)

I spoke with Mahoney and Hawley about the transition to showrunning THE FOLLOWING, “moving the center of the show,” why fans of THE FOLLOWING newbie Michael Ealy will be excited by the season, and more…

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THE FOLLOWING: Showrunner Jennifer Johnson to Exit

August 29, 2014 by  
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THE FOLLOWING’s new showrunner Jennifer Johnson is leaving the Fox drama to focus on developing new projects for WBTV, a source confirms.

Johnson’s exit (which was first reported by Deadline) comes less than three months after she joined the series, and just a month after she appeared at Comic-Con to promote the show. She had been brought in to replace THE FOLLOWING creator/showrunner Kevin Williamson, who stepped down from his day-to-day duties to focus on his new series, STALKER.

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