Whether you believed that Castle had run its course as a series or not, there’s no denying one of the most powerful things about that show was the onscreen relationship between the leads — Canadians, btw! — Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion as Beckett and Castle. It’s kind of incredible when you think about how many blogs, websites, Tumblr accounts and all-around water cooler conversations were dedicated to the couple known as Caskett, and how passionate fans were about their well-being.
So when we heard Fillion had been cast in The Rookie (debuts Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV), and that the show was being run by former Castle writer Alexi Hawley, we couldn’t help but wonder if there would be any Castle reunions onscreen too. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen anytime soon.
“I haven’t really thought about it that much… They’re such different worlds,” Hawley told us when we asked him about it at a recent CTV pop-up event promoting this year’s fall programming. “This show is grounded in reality in a way that Castle … I mean, Castle was this high-concept, fun thing. For me right now, it would feel a little weird to bring in that.”
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While Castle focused on a writer and his detective “muse,” The Rookie features Fillion as a 45-year-old construction worker named John Nolan who re-evaluates his life and becomes the LAPD’s oldest rookie cop following a divorce from his wife of 20 years. The Castle fans in us were kind of hoping that Katic could somehow come on board as that ex-wife in the best meta-casting move of the decade, but it seems like Hawley disagrees.
“Probably not,” he said. “I think that would just confuse people.”
The producer did, at least, tell us that we’ll meet Nolan’s son at some point early on in the series, but that specific role hasn’t been cast just yet.
“We’re actually in the process of casting that now. It’ll be a recurring role and not a regular one,” Hawley said. “Like, on Castle his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) was in every episode, but we’re not doing that, because Henry’s off to college on the East Coast and therefore he’ll be in several episodes during the season, but he won’t be on the show every week.”
The good news is that Hawley isn’t completely against bringing back talent from Fillion’s past gig, but he and the actor — who also serves as an executive producer on The Rookie — just haven’t had any conversations about it yet.
“We haven’t really gone down the road on that,” he admitted. “Maybe in seasons to come.”
To be fair, the show hasn’t premiered yet, so we’re totally getting ahead of ourselves here. But given the early critical acclaim surrounding the show — not to mention the fact that it was one of the most talked about series during the annual fall screenings in L.A. (when international buyers decide whether to snatch up projects), you can’t blame us for trying.
Sigh. It looks like we’ll have to just re-watch Castle if we want to recapture that Caskett magic. And in the meantime, here’s hoping Fillion recreates some of it with his new castmates in The Rookie. Given that this guy oozes sheer charm, we doubt it will be much of a problem.
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The Rookie debuts Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.