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  1. 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.
  5. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    Not exactly "fresh" and "versatile" then. LOL No mention of a female lead, so he's not making that mistake again.
  6. Season 1 Discussion

    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.
  16. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    In the comments to the various articles reporting first Stana's departure, and then the show's cancellation I've seen some people making the irritating comment that "Well the show is called Castle" to justify their claim that nothing much else mattered, even Molly tweeted "Nathan IS Castle", and yet ALL of the DVD covers have featured Beckett with as much prominence, thus giving a reasonable idea to anyone wondering what the show was about to expect the pair of them to feature as equals, as described by the creator.
  17. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    I think you'll find it was two days per episode, not two days per week, as someone posted a table on twitter showing their shared screen time, and it averaged out at less than 10 mins per episode, and as most episodes took eight days to shoot that works out at about 5 mins per day for a 42 min episode. And the potential to utilise the existing cast to make up for the lack of Caskett shared screen time was always there, even if it would have been a bit belated to draw on that in S8, but people might have been far more invested in seeing Alexis and Beckett build on their tentative relationship we'd seen in earlier seasons instead of Alexis running around as this super sleuth with her new found BFF, who the showrunners kept telling us was so fantastic and a voice that the show needed.
  18. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    Hawley claimed that the separation storyline re-invigorated the writers room as it returned them to the WTWT days. I didn't see it that way as so much was off about the way the story was told. Making Beckett walk out on her marriage to keep Castle safe after all their talk leading up to Veritas about how they were stronger together just seemed too much of a regression of her character for something that didn't measure up as much as her mother's case, and then having Castle think it was something he done so he told everyone that he would "win her back" and not being able to connect the dots that the events of the two-parter was the catalyst for her behaviour just made him look stupid. If the showrunners felt that the only way they could deal with the limited shared filming time of their two leads was to break them up it might have made more sense if it had been Castle who had told Beckett they should take a time out after the conversation they had in his office at the end of "XX" when she admitted she had been keeping secrets again and he told her she liked being broken. Then it would have been Beckett having to decide what she wanted and convincing Castle that she wasn't falling back into her old ways, and they should have made the Loksat story far more prominent so that we could see the threat that they faced building up through the season, instead of a few lines of dialogue every few episodes. We saw how evil Bracken was and how potent his minions were long before Veritas, Caleb Brown and Mason Wood were never revealed as being that threatening until the very end, presumably to keep the suspense going, but I just think it was a big let down when we found out they were at the heart of Loksat, and the pay off was a damp squid that didn't make up for what had gone before.
  19. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    It seems the showrunners failed on both counts in S8 then. Both the shows you mentioned did experience personel changes but stuck pretty much to their original core premise, which is something Castle failed to do for the last three seasons.
  20. Based on the number of episodes I won't watch again per season my list looks like this. 2, 3,1 (I happily rewatch these seasons in their entirety) then 4, (Heartbreak Hotel was the first episode I didn't want to rewatch), 5, 6, 7, 8 as the number of episodes I avoid increases each season. Dead Red is the only episode I happily re- watch from S8 (NO Alexis, NO Hayley) and only a couple of others, like Fidelis Ad Mortem, (I just found Hayley too irritating, and I'm British LOL), at a pinch.
  21. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    The P.I. Office is no more
  22. Spoilers, Speculation & All Things Media!

    I felt that Hawley failed to generate any sense of dread about Loksat after the opening two-parter, we kept being told about the danger of Beckett's maverick investigation but we never saw how much danger she was in, unlike the original Bracken storyline, and the characters introduced in S8 were a pale shadow of the threatening henchman we met leading up to Veritas, Coonan, Lockwood, Maddox and Vulcan Simmons oozed evil in comparison, and Mason Wood was almost laughable as the master mind who scared the s**t out of Bracken. Bracken's scenes with Beckett in ATS, Recoil and Veritas left you in no doubt as to what he was capable of. And Hawley's attempt to defend the break up by saying it re-invigorated the writers' room doesn't say much for the creativity in that writers' room.
  23. With both leads apparently being tired of the 22 season slog I would be surprised if they committed any time soon to something similar, although the lure of a juicy part and enough $ could be tempting, that's why The Americans with its 13 episode seasons and due to finish anyway after two more seasons could be a good transition if Stana isn't looking to start a family. I totally expect NF to return to his comfort zone in a sci-fy role where he has a ready made audience, especially those FF fans who were dismissive of him as Castle. I liked the Rysposito pairing, and something that had a high comedy element might be worth watching, have no intention of watching anything that Molly turns up in again.
  24. Are TV Line just trying to cash in on any lingering interest in all things Castle or have they heard something? The Americans has been renewed for two more seasons, which apparently will be the last. There are only 13 episode seasons, so less demanding, and the show is filmed in NYC and I read a rumour a few months ago that Stana's assitant was apartment hunting in NY. Probably more a case of TV Line flying a kite than any real substance, but you never know, and Stana putting on her Eastern European accent would be a treat. LOL http://tvline.com/gallery/actors-cancelled-shows-new-tv-roles-photos/#!16/stana-katic/
  25. If you had watched the show more regularly you would have learnt not to be so optimistic about when the issue might again be addressed, and it's 28 episodes later before they return to that storyline. If you watch S7 and S8 episodes you will probably come across far more significant lapses. LOL