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A Murder Mystery to Continue: A Review on “Castle”
Many Television shows air each season while many others face cancellation. With each show it not only needs to have a good story to be successful but it also should aim to try something new in order to capture the audience. Something the television show Castle does so well. Not only does Castle have a good sense of flow but it also incorporates outside books as an almost tie in to the show. With each of these things going for it Castle began this fall season with its 6th season.
Castle, a show airing on ABC, is a murder mystery created by Andrew W. Marlowe. Currently on its sixth season it has been on the air for four years airing on channel 7 (ABC). Within this time Castle has been nominated for many awards and has even won some including favorite TV crime drama for both 2012 and 2013. It success still even shows within its ratings. Castle received 12.360 million viewers on the final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 7, 2012 says TV by the numbers. These numbers have stayed quite high with Castle receiving 10.87 million viewers for the final Ratings for Monday, November 4, 2013. Castle continues its strong run with it beating out its other competitors from NBC and CBS with the same timeslot. Even Castle off air episodes are doing well with TNT paying $1.5 million per episode to air on their channel says Hollywood Reporter.
Now with this kind of popularity some might be wondering what this show offers compared to other crime dramas. What helps push this along is the almost absurd plot of the series; Castle features Kate Beckett, a New York detective, who needs help solving a murder case that seems to replicate the murders of books written by a mystery writer, Richard Castle. Kate Beckett ends of having Richard Castle help her with this case and from then on the story of them working together continues. With Kate Beckett being the more realistic detective and Richard Castle always coming up with insane theories to why these murders in New York happen they are able to solve case after case. Currently in this season they are continuing to work together but now both characters are engaged so they are now balancing the work they have and their relationship and how it affects their families. This kind of plot gives it some humor to lighten the mood of the dark murder mysteries that happen every week. It is an interesting Dichotomy that causes a strange conflict in what you would expect out of the situation. Unlike with maybe a CSI or NCIS episode you are given characters that are generally having fun or enjoying life as though they have very few problems even though they deal with murders on a regular basis. It is a twisted view if you think about it. The show does keep an interesting flow with some of its commercials though. While watching the most recent episode, “Like Father, Like Daughter,” the murder suspect happened to work on cars as a mechanic. What was so interesting is that before we gain that information the commercial before that was a Lexus car commercial. This episode didn’t stop there because it featured many other car commercials including Ford and Toyota. The marketing for the show even found an intelligent way of leaving the show. While Richard Castle is a famous writer in the series they have actually been published in real life as purchasable books. Not only that but they have even shown up on the New York Time’s best seller list. The book Frozen Heat, written by Richard Castle, was number seven on the New York Time’s bestseller on Sept. 9th, 2012.
With a good grasp of the plot and with the numbers of how popular Castle is you might be wondering who the audience is. Though there is no really well constructed demographic chart for Castle we can look at a couple things to infer what the audience may be. The commercials that were shown were a fair mix of topics that made it seem like it would be a close demographic in terms of gender. In terms of age though I would say they aim closer to the 18-25 within the 18-49 demographic. Specifically many of the advertisements were videogame related, chromecast, Lenovo tablets, chrome laptops, Wayne state college, makeup, hot pockets, and then cars. On average most of the advertisements are things that a younger crowd would flock towards; IE the videogames, hot pockets, chromecast, and even the Wayne state college advertisement. The strong amount of technology also makes it seem as though their goal is to advertise to a younger crowd. You could argue that the show is trying to sell the audience cool gadgets that may remind them of things that are used within Castle.
Castle is a well written murder mystery show that provides a good split of humor and character growth as well as dark murder mysteries. The show also shows no signs of slowing down with it already being on its 6th season and no word that this might be the last season. Instead the creator, Andrew W. Marlowe is on record for saying, ““I never declared Season 7 as the final season,” Marlowe corrected. “What I said is that there’s an organic ending in the show and the characters will tell me when that is. I listen to the characters, and there’s going to be a point where we’ve had the best storytelling that these characters can give us.” And in Marlowe’s mind right now, in the midst of Season 6, he says, Rick and Kate’s story “can take 10 to 12 years if everybody wants to” (TV.line.com). With a strong viewing and Castle staying as the dominant show on Monday nights it would be no surprise to see it continue for quite a while.