Dead From New York: Promo

In Plane Sight: Sneak Peek

Hollander's Woods: Press Release (Season Finale)



“Hollander’s Woods” — A death in the woods draws Castle back to a terrifying and defining event in his childhood. Investigation leads to obsession, as he attempts to unearth answers that have eluded him for decades, all while Beckett faces a crossroads of her own, on the season finale of “Castle,” MONDAY, MAY 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Guest Cast: Lance Reddick as Keith Kaufman, Wallace Langham as Dr. Van Holtzman, Cullen Douglas as Noah Lewis.

“Hollander’s Woods” was written by Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller and directed by Paul Holahan.


Hollander's Woods: "Scoop"

We know Hollander’s Woods is going to come back into play for Castle in the Season 7 finale. However, what mythology might we be dealing with in regards to Beckett? –Rachael
To be clear (since some are CoNfUsEd), the actual Hollander’s Woods incident from Rick’s childhood is one focus for the finale. As series creator Andrew W. Marlowe, who wrote the episode, explains, “One of the areas we haven’t explored is whyCastle became a mystery writer. Was there something that created a fascination with murder and with death and with bodies? And Hollander’s Woods was an event that happened when he was a kid that altered who he was…. It has nothing to do with why he vanished, but it doestap into a deeper Castle mythology.” As for the Beckett half of the finale, “We’ve been building this storyline for Beckett where she’s feeling a little bit like she needs to do something more, something a little bit bigger…. Where does she go with family? Where does she go with her career?” Marlowe posits. “So she’ll end up facing some choices in this that are a little bit unexpected, that may change the trajectory of where she’s going.”

Is there any news on the status of Castle Season 8? –Alie
TVLine keeps no secrets, Alie. But even on the off chance the ABC drama doesn’t get picked up, the finale won’t leave folks hanging terribly much. “It was a bit of a challenge to craft a [finale] when there was so much uncertainty about the show’s future, with our [actors] in negotiations, not knowing if we’re coming back and all that sort of stuff,” Marlowe shares. “We were trying to craft a show that had a satisfying conclusion if it is indeed theconclusion, but also some really great, interesting, compelling springboards into next season’s storytelling — if the gods shine upon us and we’re allowed to continue.”


In Plane Sight: Promo

Dead From New York: Press Release

“Dead From New York” - When Sid Ross, the powerful creator of a long-running sketch comedy show is killed, Castle and Beckett are called to investigate. But as they delve into the victim's life and the colorful world of “Saturday Night Tonight,” they uncover a shocking secret that may explain Sid's murder. Carly Rae Jepson is featured as a musical guest, on “Castle,” MONDAY, MAY 4 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Also, Jaleel White plays Mickey Franks, a larger-than-life sketch comedy star with a tendency toward outrageous -- and possibly homicidal -- behavior.  

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Guest Cast: Carly Rae Jepsen as herself, Jaleel White as Mickey Franks, Gregory Harrison as Danny Valentine, James Eckhouse as Gene Vogel, Joy Osmanski as Liz Bell, Mark Rolston as Kurt Van Zant.

“Dead From New York” was written by Terence Paul Winter and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.


Scoops About The Rest Of Season 7 & Beyond

In a season that has already wrapped up the long-running 3XK serial killer mystery and finally saw Castle and Beckett to tie the knot, there's just one little plot thread dangling: What the heck happened to Castle when he went missing for two months? That question will be answered in Monday's episode (10/9c, ABC).

"We always knew that the missing time was not going to stay a mystery for the entire season," executive producer David Amann tells TVGuide. "We felt like we owed the audience more than just a tease on what happened in that missing time, and we feel like we deliver a fairly coherent and complete accounting of what happened. There are some outstanding questions that remain at the end of all this, but the primary question of where he was and what he was involved with are largely answered by the end of the episode."

When Castle begins having strange recurring dreams, he visits Beckett's therapist Dr. Burke (guest star Michael Dorn) to try to piece together the dreams' meaning. But even when he begins to suspect they are connected to his "missing time," Castle puts on the brakes. "Initially, his reaction is one of not really wanting to deal with it," Amann says. "His life with Beckett and things in his professional life ... are all going pretty smoothly, so he actually doesn't really welcome this intrusion. But as he starts looking into it, he really feels like he has no choice but to move forward and try to find answers. ... And Beckett tries to help him understand what's going on."

Although Amann would neither confirm nor deny if viewers would once again see Matt Letschers's "Henry Jenkins," the man who seemed to hold all the answers earlier this season, he did suggest that these major revelations won't prove devastating to the Castle-Beckett relationship. "It's very much reaffirming the strength of the relationship -- his commitment to her, her commitment to him," he says. "It confirms that the events of those two months were largely out of his control."

Regardless of whether "Henry Jenkins" shows up Monday, the show's season finale will perhaps address that character's reference to Hollander's Woods, which just so happens to be the finale's title, and what that means to Castle. "We get some answers as to why Castle became a mystery writer," says creator and executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe, who co-wrote the finale. "It centers on an event that happened to him when he was 11 years old. We get to go way back into Castle's backstory in a case that has eerie similarities to something he dealt with when he was a kid. So, it opens up some old wounds and leads to a bit of an obsession as he starts exploring some of the issues surrounding the case."

Marlowe, who this season handed over showrunning duties to Amann, admits writing this finale was extra tough because of the uncertainty surrounding the show's future. Although Fillion has signed on for an eighth season, the show still has yet to be officially renewed, as the other actors continue to negotiate new contracts.

"Writing a season finale, not knowing if the show is coming back, is always a challenge," Marlowe says. "[We] were looking for something where we could craft a story that if for some reason it ended up being the last Castle, we have some sense of conclusion. But the show also opens up a lot of avenues of storytelling with some of the dilemmas within the character as we head out of the season."

One of those dilemmas will perhaps involve Beckett, who in recent episodes has been preparing to take the captain's exam and considering her professional future, as well as the possibility of having a family with Castle. But those issues will come to a head in the finale when Beckett wrestles with "some very interesting choices as far as her career is concerned," Marlowe says. "It's more complicated than just issues within the NYPD."

Although Amann and Marlowe are optimistic ("We're very hopeful that we'll be coming back ... as the show that everybody knows and loves," Marlowe says), both men are also pleased with how much story they've managed to wrap up this season. However, Marlowe remains emphatic that the Season 7 finale isn't the end of the story as far as he's concerned.

"We think we've achieved what we set out to do this season, but I think we all feel like there's a lot of great storytelling ahead of us if the story gods allow it," Marlowe says. "I wouldn't call [the finale] a traditional cliff-hanger, but there are very specific unresolved issues about our characters that will allow us a fascinating springboard into a next season. We have more important stuff to get to if we're allowed to get there. If we don't, I think the characters have arrived at a really interesting point."

Source: TvGuide.com


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Hollander's Woods: Lance Reddick, Wallace Langham, and Michael Connelly To Guest Star

Castle Finale

Perhaps the Castle finale takes place in an alt-universe?

Fringe vet Lance Reddick will guest-star in the ABC drama’s hush-hush Season 7 closer, an ABC rep confirms to TVLine. Details on his character — and the episode’s overall storyline — are being kept under wraps.

Castle co-star Penny Johnson Jerald unintentionally broke the Reddick casting news Wednesday when she tweeted a photo of the actor on set.

Previously, showrunner David Amann told TVLine that the finale will “focus on compelling, high-stakes story-telling surrounding Castle and Beckett mythology,” and that it’d offer a “satisfying end to the season.” The episode is titled “Hollander’s Woods,” which is, of course, a reference to the “password” that Not Henry Jenkins used to earn Rick’s trust after his months-long disappearance/amnesia.

As TVLine previously scooped, the Castle finale will also feature a guest turn by CSI vet Wallace Langham.

Source: TVLine.com