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  1. Absentia

    Corus, who air Absentia on their Showcae channel in Canada, have indicated there will be a 10 episode season 2 in their press release for 2018/2019. https://www.corusent.com/news/corus-entertainment-delivers-robust-specialty-slate-2018-2019/ Absentia – Season 2 (10x60min) – NEW SEASON Former FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic, Castle) strives to reconcile her trauma, family, and identity until a deadly mystery from her past threatens her fragile stability.
  2. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    POSSIBLE SPOILER Stana doesn't have a love interest in Absentia, and Patrick Heusinger played the murderer in Number One Fan but only had scenes with Ryan and Espo.
  3. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    I noticed some people were critical of Stana for Absentia being another "cop" role, and more recently of Fillion's The Rookie for the same reason, but a recent article about ABC revealed that crime shows still featured highly in their pilots and CBS are looking to reboot Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey so it's not that easy to avoid similar roles if they want to work. I was expecting Fillion to turn up in a sci fy show or a pure comedy, but I guess you take what you can get.
  4. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    Here's the relevant paragraph from that Ellen Pompeo interview in full "So, again, if you're 100 percent an artist, this path, my path, is not going to fulfill you. I talk to a lot of girls who are on network shows, and they have the same culture problems that we had. Now, I don’t think it’s a secret that we had a real problem at Grey’s for a long time. On the outside, we were a massive success, but there was all of this tumult on the inside: It was a lot of rivalry, a lot of competition. It starts with actors behaving badly, and then producers enabling them to behave badly. And, by the way, I'm guilty of it, too. I saw squeaky wheels getting all the f******g grease, so I was like, “OK, that's how you do it,” and I behaved badly as well. I mimicked what I saw. I'm not perfect. But now I hear other stories from other shows, maybe not to the same extent, but what happens in network TV is that it's super-mundane and there are super-long hours and it's not necessarily the most creative space, so actors get frustrated and they get angry. And there are behavior problems because actors are miserable that they're not Leonardo DiCaprio or Margot Robbie. That's actors: They want to do whatever they're not doing. You could give them a f******g beautiful chocolate ice cream cone with sprinkles and they're gonna say they want strawberry." I thought the bit about beiing super mundane and not necessarily the most creative space was a good reminder to us the audience as to why the actors can get twitchy when churning out long running shows despite the remuneration , I seem to remember an interview with Seamus after the S5 finale where he talked about hoping his character would get a little more to do, and who can forget Lividity Lanie, who probably didn't need to look at a script to learn her lines towards the end.
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    Not exactly "fresh" and "versatile" then. LOL No mention of a female lead, so he's not making that mistake again.
  6. Absentia

    I've seen up to Episode 6 on AXN Spain and it wouldn't need too many bleeps, (mainly for Stana. LOL). It does deal with adult themes but I didn't think the violence was any worse than what is regularly shown on Criminal Minds. I'm a big fan of Nordic Noir and I'm enjoying this as much as I did the original "The Killing", "The Bridge", and the French "Spiral".
  7. It was chosen to open the recent Monte Carlo Festival and was apparently well received, not conclusive, but I wouldn't have thought the organisers would have chosen a duff show for such prominence in front of their Prince. It is listed on IMDB ( not necessarily known for 100% accuracy), that the episodes are 1 hour long, (although I read a comment on Spoiler TV that to shoot 10 x 1 hour episodes in 62 days would have been a very punishing schedule and very unlikely), so that may have something to do with the reluctance of US platforms to pick it up if indeed the episodes are intended to be that long. Absentia also does seem to be aligned to Nordic Noir like the original The Killing and The Bridge, and the French Spiral, and perhaps not suited to the usual gentler fayre aired on the mainstream networks. Absentia also has similarities with those shows because they all featured strong, but flawed, female leads (Sarah Lund (Sofie Grabol) in The Killing, Saga (Sofia Helin) in The Bridge, and Laure Berthaud (Caroline Proust) in Spiral.
  8. Regarding Stana's horror movie role, any bets her nurse character doesn't make it to the end of the movie? LOL
  9. This is the Deadline article announcing his casting and indicating that he is also in the FBI. "Written/executive produced by Matt Cirulnick, based on a pilot script originally written by Gaia Violo, Absentia centers on an FBI agent, to be played by Katic. While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, the agent disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband (Heusinger) has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders. Heusinger’s character also is an FBI agent. Still in love with his first wife, he is torn in doing his duty as an FBI agent." Patrick Heusinger answered this to a fan who asked if we could expect more than 10 episodes : “you don’t want more than 10…the fewer, the higher the quality and the more focused we can be as artists.”
  10. From this synopsis it could be that apart from the first couple of episodes, and towards the end, they don't actually appear together in too many scenes with her being on the run and him with the Feds, so the lack of chemistry, if that's the case, might not impact as much as it might. “FBI Agent Emily Vaughn goes missing for six years while working on a case. Emily leaves her 3 year old son, Flynn, and loving husband Nick behind and is presumed dead, the victim of the serial killer. She appears 6 years later with no recollection of what has happened during her “missing” years and finds herself being treated as a victim and then as the main suspect. So much has happened in the “lost” six years, Nick has remarried (Alice), and Flynn doesn’t recognise his mother. Her colleagues and family have mourned her loss and some find it difficult to reconcile the new Emily with the old. Events and evidence send Emily on the run to prove her innocence”
  11. He was the murderer, but I guess the image of Pi shaving his legs blotted out most of the rest. LOL No scenes with Stana, just Seamus and Jon.
  12. But she did paint her nails bright blue. LOL
  13. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    I think some people have missed the fact that these figures are their TOTAL earnings for the year, as explained that Sophia Vegara's 43M includes all her endorsements on top of her Modern Family income, which I've seen someone reckons as "ONLY" $325K per episode, so although their Castle income probably makes up a sizeable portion of the $12M, Stana's also presumably includes what she got for her two movie roles, and NF's would take into account his lucrative Con appearances, so I'm not sure that it could be claimed they got equal pay for Castle unless the numbers are officially confirmed.
  14. A friend of mine who lives in NYC was lucky enough to get tickets and these are her comments after the show. "It was very good. The two men who run the theater spent a few minutes on stage saying how much they adored Stana and her husband, that she was not just a great actress but a great human being and that they, two gay men, had fallen in love with her. They also pointed out what bravery it takes to do this, what is essentially a cold reading. She was very, very good, and if anyone needed proof that her ability far exceeds the demands of Castle, or that she is a true stage animal, they got it. I was particularly impressed by her real gift for physical improvisation. She was very sensibly dressed in black pants, a black shirt, and slip-on rubber-soled flats. Very little makeup so she looked much softer than she usually did on Castle. It's a tiny theater (the capacity is about 240), so everyone had an excellent view. Rob Kyker was one row in front of me, and about four seats to the right. And yes, every person there got to meet her afterwards. She was extremely nice."
  15. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    Modelling In Inventing The Girl Beckett admits to the boys that she did some modelling when she was 17 as it was easier than waitressing (Although in Dressed To Kill we are told that she turned down the chance to appear in the Jan 1999 edition of Modern Fashion, the month her mother was murdered when she would have been 19) Comics In Heroes and Villains Beckett tells Castle that she bought Sin City when she was 14. Magic In Poof You're Dead she informs Castle that her Grandfather was an amataur magician and used to take her to Drake's Magic Shop when she was 13. Motorcycles In Under The Gun Beckett tells Castle that she worked through high school to buy her '94 Harley softail. Semester in Kiev (Ukraine) In Deep In Death she explains her knowledge of Russian by telling the boyz that she spent a semester between junior and senior year in Kiev.