Is there anything Castle-related you have to share? –Mandy
I know we kinda swore off teasing the upcoming two-parter any further — especially now that this spoilery cat is out of the bag, sigh — but I could not abstain from relaying what Tamala Jones had to say about the February sweeps event. “You’ve never seen a Castle episode like these. It’s completely outrageous,” she effused. “You’re going to cry, you’re going to think someone died…. Your mind and your heart are going to be one.” Jones went on to say that Part 1 ends with a cliffhanger that will leave you “pissed that Part 2 isn’t coming on the next day,” while the actual conclusion is “emotionally driven” with regards to, among others, Lanie’s best friend, Kate. “There’s some serious, serious ish going on!”
Question: Any info on Castle‘s mid-season two-parter, or any other episodes? —Sandra
Ausiello: So much has already been spilled about the February sweeps event, you instead get this: Matt Mitovich chatted up Stana Katic at HBO’s Golden Globes party, and she teased that Rick and Kate are “going to Mars,” in an episode about “Mars, spacesuits and space travel.” The episode’s ominous title? “The Wrong Stuff.” #MarsNeedsCaskett
Michael Mosley has signed on to reprise his role as the famed serial killer during Castle‘s big two-part episode in February, EW has learned exclusively.
Mosley first appeared in the series’ third season as Jerry Tyson, who essentially tricked Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) into getting him out of jail. He also framed Castle for murder in season five, after which the titular writer inadvertently helped Tyson fake his death.
Unsurprisingly, 3XK returns in the same episodes as Dr. Kelly Nieman (Annie Wersching), a plastic surgeon and an apparent disciple of Tyson’s who cosmetically altered Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Lanie (Tamala Jones) lookalikes that were used to destroy evidence of Tyson’s crimes in the season 6 episode “Disciple.”
“There’s a murder that our cops are investigating at the beginning of the episode that seems to connect to [Dr. Nieman],” showrunner David Amann says of the two-parter. “That puts us on what we think is going to be a fun, dramatic journey for the audience as we try to solve that murder and figure out what her involvement is in it, if any.”
Castle airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
How will Beckett feel about Castle becoming a private detective when Castle returns? — Charlene
It’ll be quite a shock for Beckett to learn the truth that Castle is a P.I., but it won’t be long before the two are working together again. One could even say it adds a new spark to their relationship having to work in secret. However, Gates won’t be as lenient with the rules, forcing Castle to take unconventional methods to get the job done—methods that end in injury.
Any spoilers about the upcoming episode of Castle? –Fred
Monday’s episode — the first in which NYPD outcast Rick hangs up his shingle as a P.I. — is a tremendous amount of fun, though in a way that can’t exactly be replicated on a weekly basis (for however long Rick winds up going solo). The “competition” between Beckett’s team at the 12th and Rick plays out in a highly entertaining way, as each entity tries to out-scoop the other — or, at one point, tries to coax intel over copious amounts of red wine. (Along those same lines, the good-natured rivalry also feeds into one of the first “Wait, what did they do?!” bed scenes in a while.) Will Rick save the day in a way that gets him back in Gates’ good graces? How does Perlmutter react to Rick rummaging in his office? And who at the 12th does the best Rick Castle impersonation? You’ll get those answers and more.
Hi, I wonder if you have some info about Castle‘s February two-parter. – Kosma
Though past two-parters have pivoted around extra-special guest stars a la Dana Delany, Adrian Pasdar, James Brolin and Lisa Edelstein, that won’t be the case this time around. Outside of returning guest star Annie Wersching (24), as 3XK fangirl Dr. Kelly Niemann, showunner David Amann says, “It’s going to be mostly our people dealing with a big case that comes their way.”
Having been banned from working with the NYPD due to his “mob ties,” Rick sets up shop as a private investigator, “and part of that is driven by his desire to work with Beckett,” says showrunner David Amann. In fact, husband and wife will chase the same case in the winter premiere, “and of course it will not go entirely smoothly” — though it does do wonders for their love life! Beyond that, Episode 12 will dive into the world of telenovelas and guest-star Nathan Fillion’s One Life to Live pal Kamar de los Reyes; a Ryan-centric outing is on the books for later in the season; and the February sweeps two-parter will tackle a “big case,” bring back 24’s Annie Wersching as Dr. Kelly Nieman and touch upon the ongoing mystery of Rick’s vanishing/amnesia.
RETURN DATE: Monday, Jan. 12 at 10/9c (ABC)
Hi! Do you have any spoilers about Castle after the winter hiatus? — Fred
How about some scoop on Annie Wersching’s return as Dr. Kelly Nieman? She’ll play a big role in February’s two-parter. “There’s a murder that our cops are investigating at the beginning of the episode that seems to connect to her,” showrunner David Amann says. “That puts us on what we think is going to be a fun, dramatic journey for the audience as we try to solve that murder and figure out what her involvement is in it, if any.”
If Rick is going to be a P.I. on Castle, will he investigate what happened to him during his disappearance? — Melissa
I had the same thought, but executive producer David Amann says that when the show revisits that story line in an upcoming two-parter, “it isn’t necessarily a function of him being a private eye.” So what does cause Castle to think about his missing time? “The case he’s involved with that has some emotional intensity … brushes up against his experiences that occurred while he was missing,” Amann says of a murder investigation involving Annie Wersching’s 3XK disciple Dr. Kelly Nieman.
The doctor is back in.
TVLine has learned exclusively that 24 alum Annie Wersching is set to reprise her Castle role, as ice queen Dr. Kelly Nieman, later this season.
“She will definitely be resurfacing,” showrunner David Amann teased as part of our Winter TV Preview Q&A.
Wersching first played the world-class plastic surgeon — who appears to have been a girlfriend and/or disciple of Castle adversary Jerry Tyson aka 3XK in the Season 6 episode “Disciple,” which featured cosmetically altered Esposito and Lanie “lookalikes.”