ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee surprised attendees of the network’s Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation yesterday with the news that a Marvel character would be appearing in a storyline of the series Castle. The series stars fan favorite Nathan Filion as a mystery writer/crime sleuth.
“You know, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say it, but we’ve got a really cool storyline with a Marvel character that appears on Castle this year,” Lee said. “If you guys haven’t seen the finale for Castle from this past season, it’s extraordinary. [Castle creator] Andrew Marlow is really hitting his stride. And that was an underrated show that really found its momentum. And there’s one episode, and I’m probably giving away a secret and I shouldn’t because Andrew is going to kill me, with a Marvel superhero character.”
ABC is owned by Disney, which also owns Marvel. Since most of Marvel’s movie rights are tied up with other studios, it’s natural that Disney would be anxious to exploit the characters via television.
Lee confirmed that network is still developing a Hulk series executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) as well as AKA Jessica Jones, based on the Alias book by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, with Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg as exec producer.
Our guess is that Jones is the likely Castle crossover candidate. Introducing new spin-off characters in popular long-running series is a staple of genre television (anyone remember the Bionic Woman and Six Million Dollar Man crossovers?). But it would be great to see Bruce Banner or another A-list character appear in the “real” world. How about Dr. Strange?
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Granted, when it was in the pilot stage Chuck was hated by pretty much all PC guys. The idea of making a cool spy series based around a PC guy was laughable. The critics were proved wrong and Chuck has become one of the greatest shows from last season. Season 2 begins in the US on NBC this Monday and while you might feel like waiting to see it in great high quality on TV there is the option to watch it online now on various streaming services for free from NBC. The only criticism we can find with season two so far is that it appears to be filled with people who are in it just because they worked with the behind-the-scenes people on other shows. Not down to their acting talents but a “people I know” situation. Plus the constant adverts for Call of Duty 4 in every single episode of the first season got a bit annoying.
Anyway, with Chuck having a full second season order already before even a single episode is aired it’s safe to say Chuck should be around until the off-season.
For those who are unfamiliar with Hustle it’s a TV show from the UK about a group of con artists who each episode try out an even more far fetched scam to take someones cash. The catch is they have to be evil in a way, or a jerk. The show which was picked up in the US will be back for a 5th season it has been reported although the cast is to change yet again. Continue reading →