It's always good to find something entertaining on TV. I watched Nathan Fillion's new show, Castle (ABC, Mondays at 10:00pm), the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. No doubt, many will dismiss it as too lightweight, with little or no story-depth, but I like the characters. I don't know about other people, but I'll take entertaining characters over a good story any day of the week. Sure, it's better to have both, but I've always been a fan of the 'don't know where we're going, but we'll have some fun on the way' philosophy. Besides, a story can survive a wooden plot, but never wooden characters.
Fillion, something of a cult figure thanks to his stint as Captain Mal Reynolds in Joss Whedon's criminally cancelled TV series, Firefly (in my opinion, the best TV show ever), is well-cast as Rich Castle, a best-selling author with friends in high places for whom success and women fall into his lap with little apparent effort on his part.
Bored with by-the-numbers sequels and easy conquests, he's just killed off his personal golden goose (the hero of his best-selling series of books), and longs for a challenge. He finds it in the form of NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic; The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice), a by-the-numbers hard-ass cop, apparently impervious to his charms. The two are thrown together during the search for a copycat serial killer who murders his victims using methods lifted from Castle's books.
The first episode focused more on the two lead characters, but I already like his mother, Martha, played by Susan Sullivan. No doubt we'll learn more about others in the ensemble (like Castle's daughter, Alexis, and Beckett's fellow detectives), as the series progresses, but if the first episode is anything to go by, Castle should be a hit.
If I've managed to whet your appetite, you'll be pleased to learn that ABC will repeat the first episode on Saturday, 10:00pm. As for me, I've already set my DVR to record new episodes as they come.