CASTLE underwent a public changing of leadership last month, but when ABC boss Paul Lee spoke to the press today, he emphasized the transition wasn’t as big of a deal as many might have thought. And when I caught up with CASTLE creator, Andrew Marlowe, and new showrunner, David Amann, at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour party, they echoed that the job shifts for season 7 weren’t as major as it might appear.
“I think it’s a lot less radical than it may be perceived,” Amann noted. “I’m going to be doing a little bit more, I aspire to do a little bit less, since he has development he wants to pursue –”
“And a granddaughter I want to see, and weekends I would like to sleep in,” Marlowe interjected.
“So there’s a little more that’s going to be on my plate,” Amann continued. “We’ve been working as a team for the past four or five years, but the balance is going to shift a little bit. But it’s still very much his show, and he’s going to be a part of the execution of that show. It’s not going to be a transition into something that’s radically different than we have now. Personally, my goal is to continue for us to work together to make the best show possible.”
Marlowe, however, had a different goal in mind with the transition.
“And my goal is to have somebody else be asked when the musical episode will be,” he joked. “The whole thing is just to get out of answering that question…it’s his turn to field those questions!”
But seriously, Marlowe echoed the sentiment that things shouldn’t be changing too drastically.
“David and I have a great working relationship, and it’s just really a shift of who’s doing what,” Marlowe said. “He’s been an invaluable partner the last several years, and together, we’ve been charting the course of the show. Not much has changed, except I’ve been working a little less, and he’s been working a little more.”
And yes, as Amann teased, Marlowe does have other projects in the works.
“We’re hoping to set something up with ABC,” Marlowe said. “We had a project we sold last year, Terri [Edda Miller, Marlowe's frequent co-writer/producing partner] and I, that because of the challenges of CASTLE last season, we had to roll to this development year. So in a few months, I could probably do that and this at the same time. The last couple of years, CASTLE has been all-consuming. I love it, I just want a little bit less of it.”