Carly Rae Jepsen is heading back to SNL… again… sort of. The “Call Me Maybe” singer is slated to appear as herself on the Saturday Night Live-themed episode of Castle, “Dead From New York,” EW has learned exclusively.
Here’s the situation: When Sid Ross, the powerful creator of a long-running sketch comedy show, is killed, Castle and Beckett are called to investigate. But as they delve into the victim’s life and the colorful world of Saturday Night Tonight, they uncover a shocking secret that may explain Sid’s murder.
Fresh off her real-life appearance on Saturday Night Live, Jepsen will appear as a musical guest on Castle’s late-night comedy sketch show. And yes, she will be singing her new hit song “I Really Like You” in addition to having some lines.
The episode, which also features Jaleel White as the star of Saturday Night Tonight, will be the 22nd of the season. Castle returns Monday, April 20 with episode 20.
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24 alum Jeffrey Nordling will guest-star in an upcoming episode as a real estate developer building a luxury mall along the Hudson river. Surely he’ll end up on Beckett’s radar, but wouldn’t it be cool if he appeared in the same episode as the long-awaited return of Annie Wersching’s Dr. Kelly Nieman so it’s a 24 reunion? Alas, my sources say there’s no update on when Wersching will actually be back this season.
Has Matt Letscher again found himself embroiled in scandalous happenings…?
TVLine has learned that Scandal‘s erstwhile bad boy Billy Chambers will guest-star in the Season 7 premiere of ABC’s Castle as Henry Jenkins, a security consultant who “provides Beckett with information on the most important case of her life.”
Castle opens its new season on Monday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c.
Chad Michael Collins (who has guest starred on over a dozen shows, including ONCE UPON A TIME, LAST RESORT, CSI, and GREEK) will guest star on an upcoming episode of CASTLE, ABC has confirmed.
Collins (who announced his casting on his Facebook page) will appear in the (planned) third episode, “Clear & Present Danger.” He’s set to play Tom Talmadge, “a tech start-up entrepreneur who was assaulted under mysterious circumstances.” (Perhaps the “invisible” killer case that CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe teased?)
Castle is turning to Truck to solve its big car-crash cliffhanger.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Ryan Sands, best known for his portrayal of Officer Lloyd “Truck” Garrick on The Wire, has been tapped to guest-star in the ABC drama’s Season 7 premiere. He’ll play Tagger, a Hamptons police sergeant who helps Beckett investigate the most difficult case of her career (presumably, Who the hell ran Rick off the road?).
Earlier this week, new Castle showrunner David Amann and series creator Andrew W. Marlowe told TVLine that the Sept. 29 opener picks up immediately following Rick’s seemingly fatal accident. The pair also confirmed that the incident was not a dream.
“We did what we did for a reason — to open up some new mythology,” noted Marlowe, “[and] to open up some really interesting aspects of storytelling for the Castle character, who hasn’t been as deeply explored as Beckett over the past six years.”
CASTLE had an unexpected week off, but the show returns this Monday with a brand new episode…and it just happens to dive a bit into Beckett’s modeling past.
In “Dressed to Kill” an assistant at MODERN FASHION is killed, so Beckett and Castle are called to investigate. Unfortunately for Kate, she needs to speak with MODERN FASHION boss Matilda King (a very DEVIL WEARS PRADA-esque/Anna Wintour-like woman), whom Beckett has a history with.
I spoke with CASTLE guest star — and fan of the show! — Frances Fisher (Matilda) to get a little more info about the hour…
How did this guest spot come to be? Were you familiar with CASTLE before they called?
Frances Fisher: Yes, I was familiar with the show and I loved it. I loved the relationship between [Beckett] and [Castle]. He has so many expressions, and they’re just so funny. I love the banter between them.
So I got the offer, I read the script, I thought this would be great fun to play a role like this with them. And I said yes!
That’s fantastic. Since you’re playing a fashion mogul, did you get the chance to do any prep into that world before you started filming?
FF: I did a little research online about fashion editors and things like that. But it happened very quickly. I think I got the offer and then went into wardrobe for photos we had to do for the episode to put on the wall [in the MODERN FASHION office]. I was very busy with all that stuff, so we just kind of jumped in.
What can you share about her past with Beckett?
FF: They did have a relationship in the past when [Beckett] was modeling, and I asked her to model for me and she said no.
Are there any flashbacks? Or are we just told about what went down then?
FF: It’s still alive in Matilda, what happened, so it’s referenced. There isn’t an actual flashback.
How are things like when they reunite. Is Matilda wary of Beckett?
FF: I wouldn’t say wary. They come to investigate a murder, the murder of my assistant, so there’s that present situation we have to deal with. And the past is something that’s there, but it isn’t brought into the present, because there are more urgent things happening.
What’s Matilda’s reaction to Castle?
FF: Well, there’s a circumstance present; I mean, he’s a good looking man with a sense of humor. You can imagine what her reaction would be if there wasn’t someone asking her about a murder. [Laughs]
Does she have any thoughts about him and Beckett being a couple, especially since she knew Beckett before Castle came into her life?
FF: No, I don’t think that’s addressed. The murder investigation trumps everything else.
That’s fair. Did you get to share screentime with everyone? Or was it primarily with a few actors?
FF: All my scenes were with Stana [Katic (Beckett)] and Nathan [Fillion (Castle)], which is exactly what I wanted to do. They were great.
Since you’re a fan of the show, were you able to meet the rest of the cast between filming scenes?
FF: I only saw the people I was working with. I would have loved to meet everyone, of course, but there was no time the way the script was structured.
That makes sense. What was your favorite part of the experience?
FF: I love acting, so actually doing the work was great, but I loved the time in between [filming]. I loved getting to know Stana. As we were waiting for the setups and stuff, we had some great conversations. She’s very astute, with a great sense of humor, and a wonderful person. And I really liked getting to know her.
James Brolin reprises his role as Richard Castle’s long-absent father, C.I.A. operative Jackson Hunt, on the Jan. 13 episode of ABC’s Castle (10/9c). And during this visit, he meets his son’s fiancé, Kate, and reunites with Castle’s mother, Martha, for the first time since Castle’s conception. If Jackson seems a bit darker and more mysterious this time around, there’s good reason: That’s just how Brolin demanded it.
TV Guide Magazine: Who is Jackson in your mind?
James Brolin: I feel very clear about him not being your ideal person in life. He’s saved a lot of lives and done the world a lot of good — because he loves to kill. I like the simile to [Showtime’s serial killer] Dexter, although Dexter does it illegally and Jackson is hired by America.
TV Guide Magazine: Is it true that you and your wife, Barbra Streisand, were Castle fans before you took the role?
Brolin: No. We had seen the show, but we peruse them all. There are very few shows we have to physically be home to see. 24 was and now Homeland has gotten us. I also enjoyed Hostages and like The Blacklist. My wife’s glued to Downton Abbey and likes Revenge, but I find that repetitious. My wife and I are famous for throwing out the next line, because writers get into a habit of writing the same show every week.
TV Guide Magazine: You got to work with Susan Sullivan this time around.
Brolin: We have a nice scene where you can feel us being pulled together, and yet she’s going “f— you” at the same time. But the reality is these two had a one-night-stand, he left and found out years later there was a kid. I mean, Clint Eastwood did this 11 times.
TV Guide Magazine: Does Jackson experience even a moment of sentimentality being with his son’s family?
Brolin: Yes. I think feelings come up. As I’m leaving this whole mess, there’s a moment where he thinks, “I wonder what it would be like to be having dinner with my family.” But no, I’m bloodthirsty.
TV Guide Magazine: What has been your experience with TV over the past few years?
Brolin: I believe I’ve done five episodics over the last 10 years. I did them because I was paid so well, and I got the scripts in advance and I approved. I’ve only in my life done two scripts that I hadn’t read in advance. One was The West Wing, and I was screwed royally. What we talked about was not what my character and arc were. I said, “I trust you guys; you’re the greatest writers,” and then they destroyed the role. I said I would never do that again.
TV Guide Magazine: Would you ever return to television on a weekly basis?
Brolin: Yeah, if somebody wanted to sit down and listen to a couple of ideas — which I’m not going to tell you — that would be interesting. Or if I were offered something that wasn’t fluff. I’d like to sit down with [Breaking Bad creator] Vince Gilligan and ask, “What can we do together that would make you some money, Vince?”
TV Guide Magazine:, I wanted to ask about your memories of your previous series, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Hotel. Did you stay in touch with your co-stars, the late Robert Young and Connie Selleca?
Brolin: I never had dinner with Robert Young once. Never. He was very private. Never a problem, but there was a “pheasant-under-glass” element to him. If he wasn’t working, he’d be locked in his trailer with curtains pulled. In the morning in makeup, we were very careful not to ask him a question because that would lead to one hour of monologue. Connie is the greatest. Every summer, she and [husband] John Tesh rent in Malibu so we’ll see them around town.
TV Guide Magazine: In its sixth season, Castle and Beckett are on their way to the altar. When you were on Hotel, they managed to keep you and Connie Sellecca apart for all five seasons. What advice would you give to the Castle writers?
Brolin:Hotel was smart enough to always leave the anticipation going that any minute something was going to happen. And near the end of Marcus Welby‘s run, we were really hurting in the ratings. They decided to get my character married. I wanted to get Farrah Fawcett, but they felt she couldn’t act. So we bring in Pamela Hensley. The night we were married was maybe the highest-rated show we’d ever had. Number one. And the next week we dropped to like number 79 or something. Anticipation rules. So keep dangling the carrot and make it sexy!
ABC’s Castle is gearing up for its annual February sweeps two-parter, which this time around will feature Nip/Tuck alum Dylan Walsh in a pivotal role.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Walsh has been recruited to play Agent Harris, an even-keeled FBI investigator who works with Rick and Kate when a murder investigation exposes a plot to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman.
Last month, when I asked Castle showrunner Andrew Marlowe about a rumor that this February’s two-parter would shed some light on Rick’s father, he said that was “not definitely” the plan. Instead, he offered, “Our two-parters are always about big tension with personal stakes, so we have a story that we like. [I’m] not quite ready to advertise what it’s going to be, but we’re excited about it and I think it has some fun twists and turns.”
Previous Castle February “events” have featured Dana Delany, Adrian Pasdar and Jennifer Beals in meaty guest-starring roles. In fact, Beals’ arc culminated with the hint that Castle’s father had CIA ties.
Since his nipping, tucking days, Walsh has guested on series such as CSI and Drop Dead Diva. He currently costars on CBS’ Unforgettable, which will air its second season this summer.
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The actress, who also played vampire Pearl on “The Vampire Diaries,” is guesting on “Castle” as Scarlet Jones, the bodyguard to a notorious adult video kingpin named Beau Randolph, Zap2it has learned. Although she failed to stop her client’s murder, Scarlet attracts the attention of Detective Esposito (Jon Huertas).
Hmmm…hopefully for Lanie’s (Tamala Jones) sake his interest is strictly professional. (We haven’t given up on the precinct’s other couple!)
Hu’s episode, “Death Gone Crazy,” is shooting now and is expected to air Jan. 14.
General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn is heading to ABC primetime in early 2013 via a guest stint on Castle, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The two-time Daytime Emmy winner will play Samantha Voss, a wealthy, recently divorced woman, caught in a hilariously ill-willed War of the Roses struggle with her ex-husband (played by Weeds‘ Brendan Ford.)
The episode, titled “Significant Others,” is slated to air in early January.
Grahn isn’t the only soap vet appearing in the episode. The actress’ former Santa Barbara co-star, Jack Wagner, is confirmed to play a famous golfer whose wife turns up dead.