Witness for the Prosecution: Sneak Peek

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Witness For The Prosecution & Dead Red: Promo

Castle Cliff Notes: Tone Death

Well, that was one long hiatus!  But we were back this week with the whole gang back together.  We finally have Caskett (somewhat) back together even if they are trying to put on a front that they aren’t.  Hey, I guess we know the guys are team Beckett is anything actually goes south.  We also got a pitch perfect-esque case involving acapella groups.  Who knew acapella singing competitions could be so deadly?  So practice your singing and get ready for your solo because here we go with this week’s Castle Cliff Notes! (Also- I apologize but this weeks cliffnotes is a little shorter... My personal life is crazy right now but I promise you its all good stuff so no worries!  Thanks for hanging with me!)     
3. Drama Class in the Precinct
Still together but pretending to not be together Beckett decides to make a scene out of Castle being at the precinct. She steps off the elevator and yells “CASTLE!  We talked about this. You can’t be here.”  Castle exclaims “Excuse me for living but I’ve got a damn good reason!”  Beckett continues the charade saying “I don’t care what your reason is!  You can’t just waltz in and out of my precinct whenever you want.”  Castle tries to argue that since the case involves his mother he has every right to be there and Beckett says “Fine! But you’re on a short leash!”  Castle, with a terrible comeback, says “I’ll decide how short my leash is!”  I’ll say this a few times… I hate this secret relationship business but I still like a good, fun Caskett scene.  I will say they were both laying on the drama a little thick and over the top so I was surprised Ryan bought the performance.  The whole thing was a little like foreplay between them to me, so that was a positive!  I love how dedicated they are to keeping their relationship going even if it means trying to fake hate each other at work.    
2.  Svetlana…
Searching for a suspect, Ryan and Espo finally confront Castle about the tension between him and Beckett.  They ask what he did and when Castle tries to say nothing they say “you got slapped castle you definitely did something… or someone.”  In shock, Espo says “you cheated?”  Castle denies it but Ryan says “Beckett’s our family. You cheat on her you cheat on us.” Espo asks “what is her name?” and Castle finally plays along going “Svetlana?”  I loved Ryan saying “Svetlana” with a disgusted tone and then saying “is she some kind of Russian underwear model?” The bromance was cracking me up this whole episode as they questioned Castle while trying to stick up for Beckett.  I really disliked the whole Castle and Beckett pretending they were dating other people angle but Ryan and Espo having Beckett’s back was so entertaining. I especially liked the end when they told Castle that they would have to side with Beckett if things between them really went south.  I can’t blame Castle for being a little intimidated too… as much as I love Ryan and Espo I wouldn’t want to be on their bad side!  Team bromance!
1. Lunch Meetings
Alright.  It’s been so long since Castle was on our TV can you really blame me for being a sucker for the Caskett moment of the episode??  You’re ok with it?  Good!  Because this week’s top moment is full of Caskett! In bed together, Castle asks “so Captain Beckett, have you successfully completed your agenda for your lunch meeting?”  Beckett informs him she in fact completed her agenda three times.  Castle can’t help but be a little smug and says “best meeting ever.”  They discuss how they have been keeping their relationship private and they agree “our public fights have made our private time so much more intense.”  Look, I’m not a fan of the whole covert relationship but if it’s the only way I’m going to get Caskett right now and we get to see more moments like this?  Sign me up.  Beckett goes to leave and Castle expresses his concern about Beckett running around chasing LokSat without him.  Beckett reassures him saying “look Rick, I’m done playing lone wolf.”  I’d love to believe you Beckett, I really would… but recent history and character regression isn’t playing in your favor.  That’s not your fault though and I still love you… I really do!  For now though, I will just focus on the Casketty goodness and hope that as episodes resume I’ll but my bitter feelings aside.  CASKETT!

So what did you think Castle fandom?  Was this episode a certified platinum hit or an acapella disaster? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct
Xo Always ~DenialLove

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Witness for the Prosecution: Promo

Tone Death: Advanced Preview

As you might know, there was a screener released for the press for next Monday's episode of Castle. We were so lucky that we were able to see it too. And as we love to share in our love for Castle, we would love to share some things that we noticed while watching Tone Death.

Like all Castle fans out there, we are pretty excited to see new episodes of the show, after its winter hiatus. And we are very curious about how the show will further develop, after a first half of the season that wasn't received very well with all fans of the show.

Well, I think (and hope) that might change from now on. The fall finale gave us hope about the direction the show was going, and I have to say that the winner premiere definitely is on the right track. Tone Death definitely feels like it could have taken part in one of the earlier seasons of the show. The playfulness, and sparks between Castle & Beckett, and most of the reasons we started to love this show in the first place was there. We think that people who were very critical about the first half of the season, probably will be happier about Tone Death. Maybe it has something to do with Andrew Marlowe being an Executive Consultant on this episode.

With that in mind, we will be sharing some teasers about the episode with you:

1. While rehearsing for a charity event, Martha's background singers get showered with bodily fluids of our victim of the week.

2.  Martha is clearly upset during the episode. First of all, because she found the body. Second of all, she just had met the victim, who also turned out to be a fan of hers, Robin King.

3. After the events of Mr. & Mrs. Castle, Mr. & Mrs. Castle are secretly dating again. And very productively we should say. Captain Beckett completed "her morning agenda" in bed with Castle three times....

4. There is a mention of a certain former captain of the Twelfth Precinct. Unfortunately she isn't in the episode in a physical form.

5. In public Castle and Beckett are fighting. And they do it quite cutely.

6. Someone in this episode is feeling the hard hand of justice. And we are not talking about the killer here.

7. The victim, an ex con, joined a new crew during her time in prison. But it is a different crew than you expect it to be.

8. ��������D�������� will lead Castle to a sketchy looking place with ex-cons battling.

9. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Hooked On A Feeling, and Tainted Love are featured songs in the episode

10. We will meet hot model Svetlana, and the ruggedly handsome Doctor Livingstone.

11. It isn't an easy episode for Castle's body. He definitely must have a few bruises left over from the case.

12. Beckett would win custody over Espo & Ryan, who are sticking by her side no matter what.

13. Speaking about Espo, he has a change to show of his great singing talent. (More of Shay-Jean please!)

14. The music for the title card has been appropriately changed for Tone Death.

15. A bustier helps Castle to find a suspect.

And there would be more we could tell about the episode, but we want don't want to spill all the beans before Monday evening 10/9c PM. If you have any questions you're curious about, you can ask them on Twitter via @TwelfyhPrecinct

Enjoy watching Tone Death. We did!

Tone Death: Sneak Peek

Witness For The Prosecution: Kassie DePaiva Shares Her Castle Experience

“Cause we only have One Life to Live … but it’s on Castle!”  Sing it!  Daytime soap fans, and those in particular of the beloved citizens of Llanview, are having a reunion of sorts, on a very special Valentine’s Day episode (airing Sunday night, February 14th 10PMET/PT) of the ABC procedural crime drama Castle!  The upcoming episode entitled “Witness for the Prosecution” will feature special guest stars: Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and Darlene Vogel (Ex-Melanie), who are all involved in the latest murder mystery on the hit series starring Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle (Ex-Joey, OLTL).

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with former One Life to Livefavorite, Kassie DePaiva, to get all the scuttlebutt on how it all came together for good friends, Tuc, Nathan, and Kassie to work together again in such a fun capacity … and Kassie teases what to look for from her character of Joanna Mathis, who has some sort of celebrity crush on Castle, that kicks off the reunion episode.

Meanwhile, as Days of our Lives fans know, Tuesday was Kassie’s final episode as Eve Donovan on the NBC daytime drama series.  The actress took to Twitter and shared: “Well… That’s all folks! I had fun! Thanks fans… you made it all worth while.”  Six-months ago, Kassie found out the powers-that-be decision to write-out her character.  But while her time in Salem turned out to be much shorter than she originally anticipated, DePaiva did garner herself a Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination last month in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for her heavy emotional scenes surrounding Paige’s (True O’Brien) murder.  During our chat, Kassie shares what it meant to her to still be in the running going into the blue-ribbon round of judging, especially since she is no longer with the show, plus she leaves soap fans a very special message.  So, here’s what Kassie had to say about a little slice of Llanview coming to Castle, missing OLTL, and her DAYS finale.

How did this all come to pass that you ended up on this special Valentine’s Day episode of Castle, which reunites you with Tuc Watkins, and Nathan Fillion on-screen?


KASSIE:  Tuc, and Nathan, and I had dinner the night before I found this out, but my agent had already submitted me for a role on Castle!  Then the next day when I was talking to my agent he said, “I submitted you for a role on Castle.”  I said, “Well that’s funny.  I just had dinner last night with Nathan Fillion, and he’s a very good friend.”  My agent said, “Maybe you should text Nathan and tell him you’re agent submitted you for the role.”  So that is what I did.  Then I did not hear anything from Nathan, but then three days later my agent said I had gotten the role.  I texted Nathan and I said, “I got the role!” And then Nathan said, “And you’re going to be surprised about who your husband is!”  That’s when I found out it was Tuc.  I went, “Oh, my God. That’s great.”  Then I found out about Darlene Vogel, but that was just an amazing random thing that she was also in the episode.  It was wonderful to see her; she is just as beautiful as ever.  It was fun.

So, you and Tuc play a couple?  Ah, if only David Vickers, and Blair Cramer were there! (Laughs)


KASSIE:  Yes, Tuc is my husband.  I play a fan of Richard Castle named Joanna Mathis, so I am not really acting at all! (Laughs)  It’s me sort of fawning over Nathan’s character, so it’s funny.

How long have you known Nathan?  You all were on One Life together.

KASSIE:  We were trying to figure that out: I think it has been 22 years since we had worked together.  I started first on One Life, then Tuc, and then Nathan, but it was all within a year of each other.  I started in November of 1993.  I think those guys started in 1994.

Do you think that the episode contains four former stars of One Life was just so random?  At some point somebody realized they had a way to pull in more daytime viewers to this episode!

KASSIE:  I don’t think it was a planned One Life to Livecasting stunt.  I think the stars kind of aligned.  I think Nathan had a say in Tuc and my casting.  I’m not sure with Darlene, because I had never worked with her before.


It’s very impressive that given that others in Hollywood have shied away from their soap roots, Nathan Fillion has embraced them.  He’s appreciated and respected the medium that gave him his start.  Through the years he has spoken highly, and of how much he learned from: Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki), Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian), and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo).

KASSIE:  The day we all worked together on set, Nathan said, “I wouldn’t be here today, if I hadn’t worked with these great guys, and learned so much doing daytime”.  I’m glad that he feels that way, and proud enough to say that, and humble enough to say that.  In daytime, you can learn a lot.  It instills a discipline in you that you can’t find anywhere else. Nathan has a lot of responsibility being a lead in a nighttime series.  I am sure everything that he learned doing a soap has only given him the tools to be as successful as he is now.  It’s nice that he accredits his placement in his success where his roots were.  I think it’s great.

Did you think when you first knew a young Nathan on OLTL, he would go on to such great mainstream success?

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KASSIE:  You never know that kind of thing, but Nathan opted to leave One Life, and he left at a really great time.  I think Bob Woods (Ex-Bo, OLTL) even told Nathan that this was his time to go, and soaps will always be there.  Nathan is unbelievably quick-witted, and a very, very intelligent guy.  He is really quick on his feet, and he is very special.  Not only is he very handsome, but he can be charming, and he can be the hero, which is nice.  He and Tuc, for as long as I have known them, they are both two of the funniest guys I know.  I just adore being around them.

The three of you must have laughed yourselves silly then while taping this Valentine’s Day episode of Castle!

KASSIE:  Oh yes!  When you see the episode it is funny!  There were takes we were laughing so hard, that we couldn’t get through it.  Nathan sets the tone of the set, and everyone adores him.  He makes everyone feel comfortable.  It was just a really nice, pleasant set to work on.

With the disappointment of being let go from Days of our Lives, it seemed like getting this Castle gig was a nice gem at the right time.


KASSIE:  You know, if I would have still been on DAYS I wouldn’t be able to shoot Castle.  But, after being over at the DAYS studio the other day, I still would love to still be working on a soap.  I love soap operas.  I wish there were five soap operas in New York that I could audition for, but there are not.  So I’m out in L.A., and since I’m out here I am going to try to land roles on television.  But to answer your question, it was nice to immediately get something after leaving DAYS.

So many soap actors at pilot season, or even when roles that come up that they are right for in motion picture or television, still find themselves at the receiving end of the ‘poor stepchild of entertainment’ stigma attached to being on a soap opera with casting directors, or producers.  Would you agree in your experience?

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KASSIE:  Of course, there is.  The general meetings I’m having with casting people, they have been very complimentary to daytime actors.  But for whatever reason, there is a hump you have to get over.  I do think it’s a matter of them wanting to see what you did last, so as long as you’re working it doesn’t matter.  It’s hard to tell a casting person when it shows up on paper that I have been working almost every single day for the last 25 years!  You know, what I mean? (Laughs).  It’s kind of hard for someone to wrap their head around it.  They will go, “Oh …oh, OK.”   I probably did somewhere between 3500 episodes of One Life to Live.  You think about that, and you realize that is the kind of stuff that is crazy!

The Revolution, Katie and FAB Life have all been cancelled by ABC, or Disney/ABC syndication, or distribution wings of the network.  Nothing that has replaced One Life to Live in its previous time slot has been a success, but instead a mitigated disaster.  In your opinion, and having been a longtime cast member of One Life, do you think anyone looks at it from a network perspective, and says they made a mistake by canning the soap?


KASSIE:  I have said this to you before: “It blows my mind that within that year ABC Daytime, which was the strongest daytime line-up of all three networks at that time, wiped out so much, and lost so much.”  They lost Oprah, because she decided to end her run, One Life to Live, All My Children were cancelled, and Live with Regis and Kelly changed, because Regis Philbin retired.  So, all of that just changed the face of the day for the network.  The problem with that, from my point of view, is that the loyal fan base was so angry that they boycotted ABC, and they have not come back.  I have gotten letters which have said, “I have not watched anything ABC has put on, but I will watch Castle since you’re on it.”  Those are the kinds of messages I think a network needs to pay attention to.  Maybe it doesn’t matter to them.  They have to have acknowledged that what they have put into place of One Life to Live has failed.  It probably cost more money to put all those failed attempts on than the show they rolled off the network.

So what else can you tease for us to look forward to during your Castle episode, entitled, “Witness for the Prosecution”?


KASSIE:  I play kind of a socialite, and murder takes place at my home.  I just drove by the home we shot it in over in Hancock Park, and I showed my husband Jimmy (James DePaiva, Ex-Max, OLTL) it.  I shot all my scenes on location, and not on the set.  I said to Jimmy, ‘That’s my house!  It’s a big ole honking mansion!” (Laughs)  It was great.  The episodes of Castle are an hour long, but very cleverly written.  In the first scene you are looking at the murder, but you don’t know who the murderer is.  Everyone is a suspect:  You think it could be me, or Tuc, or this person, or that person.  As the episode develops, Richard Castle figures it out.  The set up is: My character buys Richard Castle at a charity auction to come to do a reading in my home, and while we are there a murder takes place.  Tuc’s character is a cameraman, and Darlene plays a news anchor/reporter.  Everyone is a suspect in the very first scene.

It must have been heartwarming to see the OLTL fans reactions when you posted on social media that you were filming this Castle episode that reunited with you and Tuc, Nathan, and also that featured Darlene Vogel.  They were very excited!

KASSIE:  I know!  I thought it was just really special, and what blows me away is why can’t we just go back and do One Life to Live again?  Why can’t we just do it?  I know we can’t have all those characters because of legal issues, but hey, Ron Carlivati (former head writer, OLTL and GH) is available

Source: http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/news/kassie-depaiva-dishes-on-castles-one-life-to-live-reunion-episode-nathan-fillion-and-tuc-watkins-her-daytime-emmy-pre-nom-saying-goodbye-to-days/2016/02/02/

Dead Red: Press Release


“Dead Red” – When the son of a Russian diplomat turns up murdered, Beckett and Castle find themselves in a dangerous game of international crime and punishment, with Castle having to entertain a jovial Russian security officer who winds up more involved than anyone planned, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. For Season Eight, Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”) joined the series as Hayley.

Guest cast: Ann Cusack as Rita, Nikita Bogolyubov as Grigory Mishkin, Endre Hules as Pavel Oborin.

“Dead Red” was written by Jim Adler and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

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