While we all love Nathan Fillion around here, we can acknowledge that Castle is not that great, right? Enjoyable? Entertaining? Sure. But it’s not that great. Why? Because it’s a fairly derivative will they/ won’t the buddy- romance set against an equally derivative comedic procedural. It’s Moonlighting for a younger, hipper crowd, or Bones for a slightly younger, hipper crowd. So what do you do if you’re an executive at ABC with a fairly derivative, buddy- romance, comedic procedural that’s performing fairly well based on the magnetic charm of its leads? You create a spin off based on the fictitious books that one of your leads writes on the show.
This is meta: ABC is in the early stages of developing a drama series based on the “Derrick Storm” series of mystery novels penned by Richard Castle, the author played by Nathan Fillion in the Alphabet’s drama “Castle.”
Drama vet Gregory Poirier is writing the pilot for ABC Studios and will exec produce with “Castle” creator/exec producer Andrew Marlowe and exec producer Terri Edda Miller. The husband-and-wife writing and producing team is developing the project through their MilMar Pictures banner, which has an overall deal with ABC Studios.
Here’s the thing: it’s not meta. It’s lazy and boring. And my remaining faith in god is hinging on the fact that the American public shuts this down. There is no shortage of serialized mystery novels on which to base a tv show. Not to mention that there are already a whole shit ton of tv shows and movies based on serialized mystery novels. If they insist on making another detective/ mystery series, they could at least come up with an idea that warrants its own show instead of borrowing on the charm of a tangentially related actor. Seriously, Fillion is charming, but he’s not that charming.