Castle is a police procedural comedy-drama series that premiered on March 9, 2009, televised on ABC and produced by ABC Studios.
The television series was renewed for its fourth season on January 10, 2011.
Richard Castle played by Nathan Fillion, a successful and incredibly famous mystery novelist, finds himself at the core of a police investigation after a serial killer imitates the plots of his works. When Castle gets the go-ahead consent from the New York’s mayor to help solve the mystery he met the very beautiful Detective Kate Beckett, portrayed by Stana Katic. The two then begin working together to solve other obscured crimes with a profusion of romance. Beckett is an avid reader of Castle’s novels but she was initially against the notion that the latter will shadow her at work. Although she never admits it, Castle slowly wins her heart with his inventive means to solve crimes. With years of molding fictional characters and with a free-form creative thinking, his writing profession actually helps him decipher the mysteries. But Castle is not all crime-based. This wealthy playboy also becomes interested in penning Beckett as a potential character in his new novel starring “Nikki Heat“. Wealthy as he is, Castle takes advantage at his connections with the mayor to continue working with his love interest Beckett while investigating cases. As much the fun they get when solving death and murder, their budding romance likewise sparks as the series continues. Filling out the casts include the characters of Alexis Castle portrayed by Molly Quinn, Richard’s teenager daughter who is often compared to be more mature and responsible than him; and Marthra Rodger (Susan Sullivan) , plays as the mother of Richard who lives with him and her granddaughter because a previous partner absconded all her savings. Castle’s mom and daughter are filled with contrasting personalities. Besides the intense mystery solving, the personal lives of each character is a must-watch for viewers as well.
Real-life writers Stephen Cannell, James Patterson, and Michael Connelly make special appearances during periodic games of poker at Castle’s residence. They usually discuss cases involving Castle and Beckett and sometimes tease the partnership. Sadly though, author Cannell passed away on September 30, 2010 due to complications associated with melanoma (skin cancer).
Castle also published a tie-in novel titled “Heat Wave” which ABC has released as a real book. The book was authored by “Richard Castle”, the main character of the running series. The first half of the novel was released in weekly increments on the online web. The complete Heat Wave novel was published on September 2009 with a hardcover. It actually hit top 26th on the New York Times Best Seller list. In its 4th week on shelves, Heat Wave fires up to top 6th on list. A year later, the top selling novel comes up with a sequel in “Naked Heat”, which was published on September 28, 2010. It was also a success which debut at top 7th on NY Times Best seller list. Just as they did on “Heat Wave”, ABC also promoted the second novel through their website.