October 28, 2009
(this question is not meant to be negatory, so please don't flame me! i may also be under the influence of alcohol because i watched too many spoilers for the dreaded season 2 ending )
like everyone i'm happy that we will be having a season 3, but how long do you all think castle will be on the air for? have the powers above decided on a best before date for it and shut it down at their peak like they did with other really good shows, like BSG, etc.? or is there the terrible possibility that key cast members may leave the show? does anyone know how long their contracts are to stay with the show?
for example, worst case scenario stana gets really really popular (seeing how she is using her break time to do movies like the one with the polish brothers), and she finally can no longer pass up juicy movie roles because of her work schedule with castle and….? george clooney and ER comes to mind
January 15, 2010
No flames from here thumper. This crosses my mind quite a bit too. I have no idea/insight. I just hope when it does happen there has either:
-been enough time/seasons to tell the stories of the characters…back stories on everyone, good character development, exploration of Beckett and Castle IN a relationship
-if there are fewer seasons, there is enough warning for Marlowe and company to give adequate time to the characters on the show and explore and tie up Beckett and Castle's relationship in a satisfactory way (rather than finding out with a few episodes of a season to go and rushing some ridiculous conclusion because they were dragging things out too long hoping they'd have more time)
Although I know the second situation often doesn't happen.
May 6, 2009
Then there's the case of Pierce Brosnan, Remmington Steele and James Bond, round 1….they would not release him from the show to play Bond the first time he was asked so he grudgingly stayed. His tv co-star was also miffed because it was originally meant to be her star vehicle. The show went down the tubes, but maybe it had a built-in obsolesence. Are you thinking maybe Castle does too?
Or are we just looking for MORE things to stress about between now and Monday???
I am just trying to remain sneak-peek-free, (though I've read a few spoliers – enough! of them) let alone predict the eventual demise of my favourite show on tv….which status may very well depend on what they put on screen Monday night…..
November 22, 2009
April 3, 2010
October 19, 2009
With a storyline with Castle, it's going to start repeating itself eventually. I would say 5-7 seasons would be great! Most likely 5 would be best.
September 26, 2009
yea. it can't be like 10 seasons. There's no point for a crime dramedy to have that long (even though i would LOVE to see castle for 10 years XD) nah 5or 6 with them together at like what stana said, 4 1/2. they can't go to the bones route, and i think season 3 is too short for these two like chuck.
February 2, 2010
I too am hoping for at least five seasons. That seems like enough time to give all the characters' back stories and tell the entire story, every step, of Rick and Kate getting together and then showing them as a couple. Not to mention the innumerable awesome cases that would continue to be featured at the same time. If Castle got five seasons, I would be happy. If Castle got more than five seasons, I would thrilled. If ABC canceled Castle after 3 or 4 seasons, I would feel like we the audience got jipped out of hearing some of the story and that the cast and crew of Castle got jipped out telling some of the story.
I realized not too long ago that if Castle got five seasons, with the next three each having the typical 22 episodes, that the finale of season 5 would also be Castle's 100th episode! They would have to do something really special for that! I can imagine Rick's and Kate's big wedding day or the arrival of baby Castle……I know what you all are thinking…..NO! NO! JUMPING THE SHARK! I definitely don't want that, but I still want to see Rick and Kate get their official happily-ever-after somehow. Does that make any sense?
Whenever I think of Stana and where her career may go from here, I think of Jennifer Garner. She stared in Alias, which of course was a show about a strong woman (Agent Sydney Bristow) who worked to protect and bring justice to others, much like Kate Beckett, and was also all along secretly searching for her happy-ever-after. She found that in season 5 with her fiance Vaughn and their baby girl Isabelle (and later in the finale's flashforward, with their son Jack. Named after her father who was killed during season 5). Of course, season five was shorter because it was during this time that Jennifer had her first child and married Ben Affleck.
Alias (which ironically was one of the first TV shows Stana guest-starred on as the flight attendant with the flawless Russian accent. Classic!) lasted five seasons, brought Jennifer to the forefront of the entertainment world and made her a household name. I can see Castle doing this with Stana. After Alias, Jennifer went on to star in many movies and she was also on Broadway in Cyrano, opposite Kevin Kline. Her career has graced all three major mediums of entertainment, and even if you don't know all her work, you recognize Jennifer Garner's name.
I can see something similar happening with Stana's career. I know this is Jennifer's story. Stana's story will be all her own, and of course a woman with Stana's talents (acting, singing, clothing design) will never be out of options.
April 12, 2010
Well the standard contract is seven years and we know Nathan's is by way of a comment he made in a interview during production of season one. The question was how long can this go on (the chemistry and the show) his answer was "six and half more years, that's what my contract says".
So I assume Stana's contract would be the same. I know some contracts are five years with a re-up that the producers can employ. I think that was the situation with Clooney, a five year contract that he honored rather than trying to get out of early. And because of that good service from Clooney the producers did not push the point and try and force him to stay. It all depends on the circumstances, like when Sherry Stringfield wanted to leave ER after year two (I can't remember now) for personnel reasons. She was let out of her contract but in a restricted way in that she was not allowed to appear in film or TV for the remaining length of her contract.
With Remmington Steele the show really should have finished with Season 4 and probably would have if the whole Bond thing had not come up and NBC thought that would inspire more interest in the show, it didn't. IMO RS was badly handled by TPSP from season 2 onwards. It's really an early Bones in that you can only walk your characters to the line so many times without crossing it before it becomes ridiculous and the viewer just stops caring. Season One RS is still great TV.
I think the Castle Producers are smarter than that and do realize that the relationship between the leads does have to develop and progress somehow. (my opinion may change depending how the season finalie is handled).
My hope is that when the show does finish after 4 or 5 seasons the producers are given enough warning (assuming it is not their decision to end) to give the show and characters some closure. I think the producers of Castle have a great opportunity to develop these characters into a believable smart, fun sexy couple who are capable of great growth independently and together, not to mention the wonderful supporting players. I hope TPTB believe they are smart enough to pull this off and the Network keeps their nose out of things and lets them get on with it.
November 8, 2009
5 at least for me too =) with the main plot of the show, i can't imagine them having lots of seasons, i predict more Demming, and maybe another Ellie-ish too, so i think that is enough for Castle & Beckett to achieve the most of their character & relationship =)
March 22, 2010
If Bones can get 6 seasons, Castle can definitely get 7 without losing/boring the viewers. In all seriousness though, when it ends, hopefully by then, TPTB doesn't leave us with major unresolved questions and it'll be able to go out on a high… (like Lost, as opposed to Heroes? But even I don't like my analogy here.)
October 28, 2009
thank you everyone who posted! keep the comments coming please…
i guess i would have to go with planned obsolescence(sp?) as well. as much as i wish it could go on forever, reality says otherwise. i just don't want to see an abrupt or incomplete ending (usually after a cancellation announcement), or the show starts to go in decline because of poor writing.
June 18, 2009
January 25, 2010
April 12, 2010
It depends on the intentions of TPTB and how they intend to play it. If their intention is to progress the characters of Castle and Beckett and get them together in reasonable time. Then continue the show with them as a couple with great supporting players who's stories they can explore while keeping the whole thing snappy, fun and heart warming then it can have a longer run and for me the longer the better. IF they do it right maybe they get six seasons out of that. Quality seasons.
If the Network gets involved saying don't put the leads together or if TPTB are scared to do so for all the usual crappy reasons then the shelf life of the show it shortened IMO. Because to have them not get together in reasonable time involves either infernal obstacles or an eternal tease, both of which will become too infuriating to watch hence viewer numbers will go down, the network will make THE decision and the show will be cut short. Meaning a rushed 'get them together' ending eg. Jag or RS or perhaps we don't even get that.
So I hope the producers and show runners have the right 'vision' for the show and are left to unfold the story without too much interference.
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