Today marks 4 years since Castle first aired on Monday March 9, 2009.
It’s a common mistake that this is Castle’s 5th anniversary due to people forgetting Castle aired one and a half seasons in 2009. Season 1 aired mid season an was only 10 episodes long. Castle was quickly renewed and season 2 started just a few months later in September 2009. So while Castle is more than half way through its 5th season, it is only 4 years old today!
In the past 4 years Castle has grown to be one of the most watched shows on television, frequently entering the weekly top 25 list. The last episode to air was the 6th most watched show on television for the entire week! For a TV series to be maintaining such a strong position in its 5th season is a significant achievement and a credit to the cast and crew working tirelessly to create something truly special.
So we send out a huge “Happy Birthday” to the entire cast and crew and congratulate them on reaching both this, and the 100th episode milestone this month.
To celebrate the occasion we decided to take a trip down memory lane.
The pilot of Castle was filmed in New York (parts of it were re-shot in Los Angeles after the series was picked up) in August 2008. Here’s a photo someone took of a parking notice set up around the time of filming.
We first established this website on April 24, 2008 when it was reported Castle had cast Fillion to film a pilot for ABC. News of the series written by Andrew Marlowe and directed by Rob Bowman first surfaced online a month before.
Here are some screencaps from pre-season 1 versions of this website (click to view larger).
Castle premiered on March 9th 2009, almost a year after we established the site but we didn’t waste that year. We spent the time working hard to try and get the word out about the show, to reach as many people as possible to encourage them to tune in for the premiere. We created a series of banners that could be used by people posting on forums, websites and blogs (social media wasn’t such a big thing back then!) and encouraged everyone to spread the word. We spent hours finding various places to make people aware of the show and scouring the internet for any sign of news.
Here’s a look at a few of the early banners we had, you can even find one or two of them still floating around out there in the www.
It’s interesting to note, while we were not aware the cast and crew knew about our little website, one day between seasons 1 & 2 I got a random email from someone about these banners. Here’s what it said.
This is Jon Huertas, I play Detective Esposito…I was wondering if you could make a promotional banner with my characters photo on it that I can use in the signatures of my emails?
Thank you in advance,
Needless to say, we were kind of surprised but pleased that Jon had reached out to us! We came to discover a short time later that not just Jon but basically everyone on the show including Andrew Marlowe himself knew about and had been watching the site. Turns out we had a spy in our midst who was letting them know about any new information we came up with!
In February 2009, just a few weeks before Castle premiered ABC finally posted some information on their website including their own forum and they started airing promos for the show.
This first promo was not released to the public or aired on TV. We believe it was a promo aimed at selling the show to potential advertisers, it was released long before the promos below that were aired on TV during late February and March 2009.
Seamus Dever tours the Castle Precinct Set during filming of Season 1
Are you curious to know the kinds of discussions that were taking place on our forums when the Pilot premiered? Check us out using the Wayback Machine!