Can you believe it?! Nathan Fillion is the lead in a television series that made it to a second season!
Castle, the new hit ABC series is moving full steam ahead into its second season and it looks like it just might have a bright future.
I don’t get it. Everyone who watches Fillion on screen immediately falls in love with the guy and the characters he plays, yet he’s had two shows in a row canceled on him early. Join us as we look back at some key moments in Fillion’s career and talk about his recent successes…
Although, he made a name for himself with Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place alongside Ryan Reynolds, Nathan Fillion’s cult following began with Joss Whedon’s Firefly, which was incredible, but was unfairly treated by Fox and thereby canceled only a fraction into its first season. Fan support managed to bring a great feature film (Serenity) to theaters but it didn’t bank well at the box office.
Next, Fillion played a part in the final 5 episodes of Whedon’s Buffy series which also soon ended. Then, he starred in a show called Drive which lasted approximately one night before it got the axe. I don’t feel too bad about that one though.
After a stint on Desperate Housewives and his role as Captain Hammer in the internet phenomenon that is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the Canadian actor finally has a steady gig in a lead TV role.
His latest show is called Castle and if you’ve not watched it, you should. He plays the title character, Richard Castle, a cocky, humorous and lovable New York writer who specializes in writing murder mysteries. The show is about him using is connections with everyone who matters in New York (including the Mayor) to force the department (whose entire staff also loves him) into a partnership with Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), an officer who happens to be an obsessed fan of his work.
While entirely reluctant to work with Castle, she has no choice and must allow him to tag along to write stories based on their adventures (he loves it when they get called to horrible crime scenes). The show follows Fillion’s character and Beckett as they solve the crimes of the city and while Fillion writes novels about a character based on her. They have their ups and downs as their relationship continues to develop and the viewers get to watch their great interaction on screen.
The show is funny, well-written and full of heart. The best example of the latter is when we get to see Castle at home with his daughter and mother. They represent three extremes that make the perfect family and their relationship and interaction is a treat to watch. The comedy bits of the show only work because its Fillion and I can’t picture the series working with anyone else in the role – he’s made for this part.
The best part about the series however, is that it’s successful! The first season of Castle had great ratings which warranted season 2’s creation (it premiered last week) and it continues to stand strong in the ratings where it dominated Jay Leno this week with its second episode.
The following is a snippet from the ABC press release yesterday:
“Castle” (10:02-11:00 p.m.)
Producing its strongest “DWTS” retention ever, ABC’s “Castle” topped NBC’s “Jay Leno” by 3.7 million viewers (9.2 million vs. 5.5 million) and by 29% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/6 vs. 1.7/4).
- “Castle” was up from its week ago season premiere in Women 18-34 (2.1/6 vs. 2.0/6) and Women 18-49 (3.2/9 vs. 3.1/8).
My hopes are that this show lasts long-term and that it helps build Fillion’s profile for more roles in feature films. He sure deserves it.
For those who don’t know, Fillion’s also been active in the video gaming industry where he’s voiced a few characters in games such as Jade Empire and Halo 3. More recently, he’s not only voiced, but he’s the model for the main character in Halo 3: ODST which just hit shelves last week for the X-Box 360. For the Firefly fans out there, joining Fillion are Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk who also voice characters in the game.
What do you think of Castle and are you a fan of Nathan Fillion?