You can’t blame ABC for not trying hard with its new series. After midseason comedy Mixology flopped in its debut behind the network’s biggest comedy series, Modern Family, last Wednesday, ABC gave it extra sampling behind its top reality series currently on the air, The Bachelor. Hurt in the process was veteran drama Castle. The 90-minute The Bachelor: Women Tell All special (2.2) was down 12% from last week’s regular Bachelor episode and down 19% from last season’s two-hour Women Tell All special. With a repeat of the Mixology premiere dropping to a 1.1 at 9:30 PM, ABC’s Castle (1.6) slipped a tenth from last week when it aired directly after The Bachelor to a new series low.
The 28th annual Imagen Awards were held on Friday night to honor Latinos in entertainment. The prizes cover film, television and the internet and are awarded by an independent panel of entertainment industry execs and Latino community leaders. Castle was named best primetime program with Jon Huertas winning best actor for that show. Chicago Fire‘s Monica Raymund was named best TV actress. A special nod went to brothers Michael and Gerald Cuesta who received the Norman Lear Writing Award. Click over for the full list of winners:
2ND UPDATE THURSDAY PM: I’ve now learned the name of the stuntman who suffered serious head injuries in last week’s accident during filming of ABC’s series Castle. Kieran Gallagher, who was Ed Helms’ stunt double in The Hangover II and III, “is still in the hospital,” a source said. “He has been taken off the ventilator and showing good signs of recovery. Every day he seems to be getting stronger.” Gallagher’s series credits include CSI, Chuck, The Office and Raising Hope.
UPDATE: I’ve learned more details about the accident on the set of Castle last night. According to talent manager William Blaylock, the actress injured in the accident is his client Karen David. “Karen was the actress in the scene with the stuntman,” he said. “They fell from a moving van when a door would not shut. Karen was in the emergency room for hours being treated. She has been released but is in serious pain and has to wear a neck brace.” The stuntman, who sustained a head injury, is still hospitalized in serious condition.
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As the ABC dramedy Castle moves toward the conclusion of its fourth season, the question of when lead characters Richard Castle and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (played by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, respectively) finally will do the deed took center stage. It was the burning question addressed at tonight’s spirited PaleyFest salute to Castle at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, where creator/exec producer Andrew W. Marlowe was asked to spill the beans on how long the chaste dance toward the bedroom would last. “Do I know when it will happen? Yes,” he replied. “When it does happen, it will open up a lot of different areas in the storytelling. It will be the next evolution in the characters’ relationship.” Marlowe acknowledged that a lot of people believe the characters’ getting together physically could prove a creative kiss of death for the show, using the model of another ABC dramedy – Moonlighting – which famously imploded after David Addison (Bruce Willis) and Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) did the deed. “I’m not someone who believes in The Curse of Moonlighting,” Marlowe stressed. “Moonlighting fell apart because (the producers) couldn’t meet their delivery dates (and not necessarily because of the storyline). But there will come a time when we can’t keep these characters apart.”