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‘Castle’ Creator Andrew Marlowe To Exit As Day-To-Day Showrunner & Focus On Development, David Amann To Succeed Him

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

castleepisodicThere will be a change at the helm of veteran ABC hourlong series Castle. Creator/executive producer Andrew Marlowe will step down as showrunner. He will continue to maintain a day-to-day presence on the show while focusing on developing new projects under his overall deal with Castle producer ABC Studios. Marlowe will be andrewmarloweamannsucceeded by Castle executive producer David Amann who will take over primary showrunning responsibility for Season 7. “Over the past four seasons, David has proven himself to be a tremendous leader and a great steward of our show’s unique voice,” Marlowe said. ” I’m excited to continue our creative collaboration as he assumes his new responsibilities, “ Marlow has run Castle for its six seasons to date. He was joined by Barry Schindel for the first episodes after the pilot in Season 1 and by another veteran, Rene Echevarria, who co-ran the show with him in Season 2. Under Marlowe’s overall deal with ABC Studios, he developed a Philip Marlowe drama project, inspired by Raymond Chandler’s famous hard-boiled detective. The move resembles that of the creator of another long-running ABC/ABC Studios dramedy, Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry, who stepped down as showrunner after Season 7 to focus on development while continuing on Housewives in a consulting capacity. The series ran for another season, with Cherry returning to write the finale.

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‘Castle’ Creator Andrew Marlowe To Exit As Day-To-Day Showrunner & Focus On Development, David Amann To Succeed Him

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

‘Castle’ Creator Andrew Marlowe To Exit As Day-To-Day Showrunner & Focus On Development, David Amann To Succeed HimThere will be a change at the helm of veteran ABC hourlong series Castle. Creator/executive producer Andrew Marlowe will step down as showrunner. He will continue to maintain a day-to-day presence on the show while focusing on developing new projects under his overall deal with Castle producer ABC Studios. Marlowe will be succeeded by Castle executive producer David Amann who will take over primary showrunning responsibility for Season 7. “Over the past four seasons, David has proven himself to be a tremendous leader and a great steward of our show’s unique voice,” Marlowe said. ” I’m excited to continue our creative collaboration as he assumes his new responsibilities, “ Marlowe has run Castle for its six seasons to date. andrewmarloweamannHe was joined by Barry Schindel for the first episodes after the pilot in Season 1 and by another veteran, Rene Echevarria, who co-ran the show with him in Season 2. Under Marlowe’s overall deal with ABC Studios, he developed a Philip Marlowe drama project, inspired by Raymond Chandler’s character. Marlowe’s move resembles that of the creator of another long-running ABC/ABC Studios dramedy, Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry, who stepped down as showrunner after Season 7 to focus on development while continuing on Housewives in a consulting capacity. The series ran for another season, with Cherry returning to write the finale.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Castle’ & ‘Blacklist’ Log Lows, ‘Almost Human’ Slips In Finale

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

AlmostHuman1You 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.
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CAA Signs ‘Castle’ Star Nathan Fillion

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 3:43pm PST
Mike Fleming

FILLION_NATHANEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Nathan Fillion, who is now into the sixth season of headlining the hit ABC series Castle. He’s won two People’s Choice awards for his role as Richard Castle. Fillion, who previously starred in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, also starred in Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, as well as the Whedon-directed Much Ado About Nothing. Fillion had been repped at ICM, and his attorney continues to be Jamie Mandelbaum of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’2 Broke Girls’ Up, ‘Mom’ Down In New Lineup; ‘Castle’ Rebounds

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Finals came in as expected. How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Sleepy Hollow and Mom were each adjusted up a tenth, while The Blacklist was adjusted down two tenths. The Voice held.

PREVIOUS: CBS’ tweaked Monday lineup posted a small improvement — up a tenth (5%) in adults 18-49 to a 1.9 rating and 12% in total viewers to 7 million — largely because of the replacement of underperforming We Are Men with a The Big Bang Theory return. The impact on the rest of CBS’ Monday series was mixed. 2 Broke Girls (2.5) improved by moving to 8:30 PM behind How I Met Your Mother (3.0, up a tenth from last week’s fast national). 2 Broke Girls was up 14% from its series-low fast national last Monday when it aired at 9 PM, following We Are Men (and on Men’s 1.8 rating). But freshman Mom (1.9) slipped 10% with Big Bang instead of 2 Broke Girls as a lead-in (the size of the lead-in was the same, 2.2). At 10 PM, Hostages (1.2) has stabilized (found bottom?) after two double-digit declines, flat in adults 18-49 and total viewers. The serialized drama posted a strong 65% Live+7 gain for its premiere but even with 7 days of DVR viewing included, it was the lowest-rated CBS program on Monday night. NBC’s The Voice (4.5) and The Blacklist (3.2) currently match their fast nationals from last week. The network’s ratings are slightly inflated by a local NFL pre-emption in Indianapolis. Since The Voice regularly gets adjusted up in the finals, it may be able to hold onto the 4.5 rating but The Blacklist will likely be adjusted down by as many as two tenths because of the pre-emption and a minute of Voice overrun. (The James Spader drama was adjusted down a tenth the last two weeks.). Regardless, The Voice and The Blacklist will rank as the the two highest-rated programs of the night in 18-49, bagging another Monday demo victory for NBC, which also won in total viewers, edging ABC. Read More »

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‘Castle’ Star Nathan Fillion Sidelined With Back Problems

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two months ago, Castle star Nathan Fillion‘s no-show for work on a Friday, which we reported about, drew a lot of attention. It led to a production shutdown for the day and came in the midst of a contract dispute between the actor and Castle producer ABC Studios over Fillion’s request for a four-day Monday-Thursday workweek on the show, currently in production on its sixth season. There had been no major incidents since, with filming moving on as planned. But when today, also a Friday, Fillion called in sick, the news stirred a lot of speculation around the set about a possible new work schedule dust-up. According to sources close to the production, Fillion had a legitimate reason to skip work today — a sore back he is seeing a chiropractor for. His back problems are reportedly chronic, and he gets medical attention when they are aggravated. The production had enough of a heads-up to schedule some filming around Fillion for the day, a source said. Insiders stress that the schedule issues between Fillion and ABC have been resolved and he has worked multiple Fridays in the past two months. Fillion is expected to report back to work Monday.

Related: ‘Castle’ Shuts Down For Day As Nathan Fillion Feuds With ABC Studios

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‘Castle’ Named Best Primetime Show At 2013 Imagen Awards

By | Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT

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: Read More »

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‘Castle’ Production Shuts Down For Day As Star Nathan Fillion Feuds With ABC Studios

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 1:58pm PDT

Nathan Fillion Castle Dispute ABC StudiosEXCLUSIVE: The set of the ABC crime drama came to a standstill when lead Nathan Fillion didn’t show up Friday. I’ve learned the actor is in the midst of a contract dispute with producers ABC Studios over his desire for a four-day workweek on Castle, which is in production on its sixth season. It looks like the absence was his way of sending a message. ABC reps say the show continues to shoot this week, and Fillion is on set. The actor plays crime novelist Richard Castle on the show, which debuted in 2009 and sees Fillion partnered with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). The series was picked up for another season by ABC on May 13, the same day it wrapped its fifth season. After a couple of tenuous seasons ratings-wise, Castle ranks as the network’s most-watched drama series. Fillion, who hosted the WGA West Awards in February, is repped by ICM Partners.

Related: ABC Sticks To Premiere Week For New Season Rollout

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Low, ‘HIMYM’, ‘Castle’ & ‘2 Broke Girls’ Finales Down, ‘DWTS’ Ties Series Low

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT

With upfronts happening in NYC this week, it feels like a lot of the TV action is occurring off-screen. But the reality wars and multiple finales Monday proved the small screen still has a lot of moving and shaking going on. Coming off three nights last week of the live playoff round and a season low, The Voice (3.6/10) took a hit last night — and not just because the AC wasn’t working in the studio for the first part of the show. The Voice was down 12% to hit a performance low for this season, and while it was the night’s top-rated show, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother bested it for the first time in their overlapping half hour. Of course, with a live show expect to see those numbers adjusted in final ratings. The Voice’s lead-out Revolution (1.9/5) was also down, but only 5% from last week. NBC still won in the adults 18-49 demo, while ABC was tops in total viewers.

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ABC’s ‘Castle’ Eyes Two-Season Pickup

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 12:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC CastleAs ABC’s Castle gears up for its fifth season finale, there is no doubt that the series will be renewed for next season. But I hear ABC is considering giving the quirky procedural starring Nathan Fillion a two-year pickup, which will bring it to seven seasons. That must be gratifying for Caste and its producers as the show spent the first couple of seasons on the bubble until establishing itself as a solid ratings performer with strong fan following. In fact, with help from lead-in Dancing With The Stars, Castle currently ranks as ABC’s most watched drama series. Castle is among several ABC series whose renewal is guaranteed, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Modern Family, Once Upon A Time, Revenge and The Middle, along with unscripted Shark Tank, which is already casting for next season, Dancing With The Stars, which could potentially scale back on the number of cycles per season, and The Bachelor.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘DWTS’ Dip, ‘The Following’ & ‘Castle’ Up, ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hits Series Low

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT

It was the beginning of Week 2 of the battle rounds on The Voice (4.8/13) last night. With the teams taking shape, a last-minute steal by judge Usher brought one contestant’s ambitions back to life. However, despite that drama, the two-hour show slipped 8% from the year-high of last week’s show. Even though The Voice stumbled on the week-to-week growth it has seen since its season debut, the singing competition series was Monday’s highest-rated and most-watched show with 13.90 million viewers. After The Voice, Revolution (2.2/6) was back. Pre-empted last week due to NBC News’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, the post-apocalyptic drama was even with its last original April 8 to tie a series low. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, but ABC took the top viewership spot with 12.959 million. Read More »

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ABC Postpones ‘Castle’ Episode With Bomb- Related Plot In Light Of Boston Tragedy

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 7:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is pushing next Monday’s (April 22) episode of Castle by a week to April 29 out of respect for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. In the episode, titled “Still”, Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) accidentally steps on a pressure-sensitive bomb, launching a desperate search for a way to disarm it. The episode originally scheduled for April 29, “The Squab And The Quail”, will now air this coming Monday. Also out of sensitivity to the Boston tragedy, Fox this week pulled a recent episode of Family Guy, which featured killings at the Boston Marathon, from online circulation.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Dips, ‘Revolution’ & ‘DWTS’ Hit Lows, ‘Bones’ & ‘ Castle’ Up

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

One week after returning for a new season and attempting to put the brakes on NBC’s ratings freefall, The Voice (4.6/13) was back with more blind auditions last night. Judge Adam Levine even scooped up a country act from fellow judge Blake Shelton. The two-hour episode of the singing competition series ruled its 8-10 PM time slot Monday, beating ABC and Fox by 119%. However unlike last season’s 12% rise, The Voice did not go up from Week 1 to Week 2 of its new season. In fast nationals, Voice dipped 4% from the final numbers (4.7/12) of March 25’s Season 4 premiere. That number could rise later today in the finals as last week’s show did. The Voice was down 23% from the comparable second Monday of its last spring season, when the show had come off being premiered after the Super Bowl the Sunday before. It was also down a slight 2% from the second Monday of its fall cycle.

Week 2 of the return of Revolution (2.3/6) from an extended break saw the post-apocalyptic series’ ratings power wane. Even with a minute of The Voice slipping over into its 10 PM slot, the J.J. Abrams-produced show was down 12% from last week to hit a series low. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, and ABC was tops in total viewers with 13.103 million. Read More »

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UPDATE: Seriously Injured ‘Castle’ Stuntman Slowly Improving

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 7:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor’ Premiere Dips, ‘Deception’ Debut Tops Time Slot, ‘Castle’ Up

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 9:08am PST

The Bachelor (2.3/5) was back for its 17th season last night with a two-hour premiere on ABC. Starring former Bachelorette suitor Sean Lowe, the search for love reality series dipped 4% from its season 16 debut on January 2, 2012. While the fall is small, and 6.81 million viewers watched the premiere last night, it does result in The Bachelor’s lowest-rated season debut to date. Also debuting on Monday was NBC’s Deception (2.0/5). Though the new soap drama’s one-hour pilot pulled in 680,000 fewer total viewers than the network’s Chicago Fire garnered when it debuted on October 10, 2012, Deception did manage to slightly exceed the 1.9/5 rating that the fire fighting series delivered. The show also won its time slot among the 18-49 demo last night. Following up on its Sunday season debut, The Biggest Loser (2.4/6) kicked off NBC’s primetime with another two-hour original show debuting in its regular time slot. The weight-loss reality show was down 17% from Sunday’s airing but still was the ratings topper for the night. The first new Castle (1.9/5) in five weeks followed The Bachelor debut on ABC last night. The most watched show of the night with 8.58 million viewers, the crime-based comedy-drama’s rating was up 12% from its December 3, 2012 show, which was a series low. With 7.402 million watching, ABC won the night for total viewers while … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’, ‘Extreme Makeover’ & ’2 Broke Girls’ Down; ‘Castle’ Hits Low

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 9:04am PST

Monday saw all the networks take a hit as the holiday season began and ESPN had Monday Night Football in primetime with the New York Giants playing the Washington Redskins. It was double performances from the final six contestants on The Voice (3.9/10) last night, but the singing competition was down 7% from last week. With strong numbers, Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (2.8/7) added  more Voice to the NBC lineup. Almost matching Revolution’s fall finale numbers from last week, the special saw the country singer mix skits and songs with appearances by Jay Leno, Reba McEntire, spouse Miranda Lambert and fellow Voice judge Christina Aguilera. With 10.98 million watching, NBC won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic. Read More »

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‘Castle’ Looks To Avoid ‘Moonlighting’ Curse

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 9:29pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

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.” Read More »

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ABC Orders Extra Episode Of ‘Castle’

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 6:22pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given Castle an order for one additional episode, bringing its fourth season to 23 episodes. The quirky detective drama starring Nathan Fillion has been a slow builder but was able to branch out of an early cult status to become a solid performer in the Monday 10 PM slot. Besides the first season, which launched in midseason, all seasons of Castle have been supersized. Season 2 and 3 consisted of 24 episodes each. Word is one more is all ABC needed this season. The network’s flagship series, comedy Modern Family, already has an order for 24 episodes.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Hawaii’, ‘Charlie Brown’ & Country Awards Up; ‘You Deserve It’ Dives

Nellie Andreeva

Against mostly atypical competition, CBS’ regular Monday lineup dominated every half-hour in its return to originals last night after a week of repeats. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, a huge draw among total viewers, sucks out (mostly older) audiences from the competition. As they didn’t face Dancing with originals for the first time this season, CBS’ comedies boosted their viewership. How I Met Your Mother (4.5/12 in adults 18-49, 11.7 million total viewers) was up a tenth in the demo vs. two weeks ago and drew its largest audience with a regularly scheduled episode in almost three years. (since January 12, 2009). Rookie 2 Broke Girls (4.6/11, 12.8 million) was flat in 18-49 and logged its largest audience since the premiere, which followed the Ashton Kutcher debut on Two And A Half Men. Speaking of Men (5.0/12, 15 million), it was down two tenths in 18-49 from its last original, while Mike & Molly (4.2/10, 12.8 million) was even. Men ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers, as did CBS as a network. The net’s wins were solidified by Hawaii Five-0‘s 3.0/8 in 18-49, up 7%, and 10.8 million total viewers. In the 10 PM hour, the CBS procedural easily topped ABC’s Castle (2.0/5, 8 million), which was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago to hit a season low. Castle was hurt by its underwhelming lead-in, new game show You Deserve It (1.0/2), which continued its rapid ratings descent, down 29% from last week. ABC’s best ratings came from the holiday specials in the 8 PM hour: A Charlie Brown Christmas (2.8/8, 9.1 million) was up 8% from last year’s telecast in 18-49, while Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2.2/6, 7 million) was even with its premiere last year. Read More »

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