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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dana Delany takes a page from Castle

     Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany spent a couple of weeks off of Wisteria Lane recently co-starring in an exciting two part episode of Castle.  As a rule, I don't watch procedurals, so despite my great respect for Nathan Fillion, dating back to his days on Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, and through Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, I have not seen that show since the pilot.  What I hadn't realized was that it had really built up a splendid ensemble cast, and by the end of the two hours, I had added a season pass to my TiVo.

     Delany was wonderful, as expected.  If her taking the role seems odd to you, as she is already a series regular, perhaps it was to draw some of Housewives's audience over to Castle, or build her name recognition before her new pilot premieres.  Whatever the reason, it was nice to see her reunited with her Housewives husband, who is the title character on Castle.  She really showed a different side of her, and she brilliantly portrayed the tough FBI agent.

     Aside from Delany, Stana Katic really proved herself as Beckett, Castle's partner who was being hunted down by a serial killer.  The episodes also featured Leonard Roberts (Heroes) as Delany's partner.  It was a gripping story, spurred by a book written by Castle which was being made into a movie, and the lead character was based on Beckett.  I think the literary aspect, as well as Fillion's humor, is what sets this aside from other legal or crime dramas on television.  These two episodes involved a very devious, very intelligent serial killer, who was every bit a match for our heroes.

     Next week, Castle and Beckett will try to figure out who would drop a gargoyle on a historian.  Fun!  Tune in Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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