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Nathan Fillion in contract standoff with ABC Studios

'Castle' star demands four-day workweek

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Jul 17, 2013 12:40PM

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Things are not looking so good on the set of "Castle."


Star Nathan Fillion sent a not so subtle message to his bosses by not showing up to work Friday, July 12. Fillion and ABC Studios are in the midst of a contract dispute over Fillion's desire for a four-day workweek, Deadline reports.


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ABC hasn't said much but confirmed that the show is shooting this week, and Fillion is on set. Fillion stars as crime novelist Richard Castle on the hit drama, which debuted in 2009, and is entering its sixth season. Stana Katic co-stars as NYPD Det. Kate Beckett, Richard's crime-solving partner and love interest. 


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"Castle" is ABC's highest-rated drama. Last week, it was announced that Lisa Edelstein is joining the cast as a no-nonsense federal investigator, who will appear in the season premiere. Edelstein's character, Rachel McCord, will also be crucial to Kate's decision to either choose Castle -- who proposed in the Season 5 finale -- or pursue a career opportunity with the U.S. attorney general's office in Washington, D.C.


"Castle" Season 6 debuts this fall on ABC.  


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Mar 14, 2014 3:18AM
I tape all the series (old and current ones).  Please keep all the main characters in the show!  Because of the original casts, the show is a big hit, and continues to be a big hit   I hope the series continues till they are completely run out of ideas for stories to continue the show.  We want to see Alexis graduate from college, meet someone (who father, Castle approves of) and get married and, Castle and Beckett can become grandparents. : )
Feb 23, 2014 4:36PM
OH NO!!!  NO WAY!!!  First they talk about removing "Alexis," now they are "in negotiations with Nathan Fillion???  Come on people!!!!! Don't even remove one of the main characters of this show!!!!!!!!!!!!  I also don't want the show to lose "Alexis" either... it's been cool to see her "grow up," and all!  She has also brought her character's father, to a point in that his character, "Richard Castle" role to think and react more realistically when he needs to... of course having a relationship of his own [with Stana Katic's role as Kate Beckett] being a HUGELY SUCCESSFUL addition to the show, also helps keep "Richard Castle" image to live with both feet on the ground, living out what his character's wife-to-be, is helping him be successful but to make his "tv daughter," totally be out of his character's life; especially with Richard's and Kate's wedding to be taking place real soon (it best happen! or I will be changing the channel real quick) would be way too soon!  Let the marriage happen, then maybe next season bring Richard's and Kate's to the next level, by introducing that Kate is pregnant... to me, that would be a good way to slowly introduce the idea of Alexis "moving on..."  Richard and Kate expecting (a baby girl--named after Kate's mother), followed with having a successful birth.  BUT PLEASE DO NOT KILL OFF (OR REMOVE) RICHARD CASTLE OR KATE BECKETT!!!  If you must remove Alexis, let it be later into next season, with occasional show-ups, like when Kate has given birth to her's and Richard's baby girl!  But, if you kill off or remove Richard Castle... will have destroyed the show and will have one less (avid watcher) person, meaning me, watching Castle!  DO NOT DESTROY ONE OF THE BEST AND VERY SUCCESSFUL SHOW OF ALL TIME!
Feb 16, 2014 12:38PM

Love the show--love Kate Beckett   We watch all the reruns all the time.  Hope it stays on for a long time!!!



I guess he got what he wanted since we r now in new shows!! u go Nathon!(Castle)

Jan 6, 2014 3:07PM
This article is dated July 17th 2013.  I think they have reached a deal by now.........
Jan 6, 2014 11:04AM

As "continuing series" go, this is a pretty good one.  Give the actor his requedt.  Not too hard to film one day less.  We are not dealing with "War and Peace" here.

Dec 26, 2013 11:17PM
Replace him. Plenty of options out there.
Dec 20, 2013 5:51PM
Apparently Fillion wants to be treated like the King of the Castle

It is such a god show and I love becket and castle, mom and Alexis.

Please don't ruin it.

Dec 12, 2013 2:13PM

My husband and I enjoy the show and are looking forward to more seasons and enjoy all the charachters that are presently in the show. New charachters always add a bit more flavour to the show. I think a 4-day work week is fair..wish I had had the opportunity for that when I was working!!! Good Luck to Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic..keep up the good work!!!


Dec 3, 2013 5:09PM
Inflated egos ruin shows. I like Castle, but if it goes away I will just watch something else. Edelstein has nice breasts, but not much else going for her. Sorry to see her added to the show. Castle, the series, is getting old . Maybe time to look elsewhere. NCIS is falling into the same pattern. Don't know if Harmon and Weatherly are enough to keep the ship afloat. Next thing to worry about is who will take over Jeopardy when Trebeck retires. Oh, the inhumanity of it all.
Nov 30, 2013 7:15AM

In one episode, Castle's second wife tells Beckett that the reason their marriage ended was that while Castle knew everything about her, he revealed very little about himself. As a member of the audience, I get a similar feeling about Castle.

I would like for Beckett to meet Castle's father and for her to spend some time with his mother where she learns more about this man she is going to marry. It would be a great way for the audience to learn what his second wife never did.

Let's face it - the average person isn't going to keep coming back for the kind of danger that he regularly faces in the show, no matter how hot he thinks Kate Beckett is.

Nov 28, 2013 9:10PM
I hated that show at first but now I'm kind of hooked on it.
Nov 27, 2013 9:40AM
What would be nice if he and the old cast would get together and make another Firefly/Serenity movie.
Nov 21, 2013 12:04PM

Didn't like Edelstein in House....probably won't like her in Castle.........If Beckett leaves the show will die..............


Nov 21, 2013 10:49AM
I say give him a 4 day week...that is what half the country has now with 10 hour days... not 12 or 16 hour days...and as far as I am concerned, he could do without his 'love' interest, Becket, and have a far more interesting show using his mother and daughter more... they ad far more class, humor, and interest.  "Becket" is not that good of an actress, and generally is a bore and a drama queen...not believable at all...but his mother and daughter ad an entertainment value not achieved by others in the show besides 'Castle'.
Nov 18, 2013 3:19PM

the show is Castle and Beckett...........the plot can be considered only when it puts Castle and Beckett at odds or apart and in peril..........when this changes, I won't watch any more.  Remember - the show IS Castle and Beckett. It's not the superlative writing or the two

bookends (though they are foils at times)

Nov 7, 2013 6:40AM
What ever they are paying him they need to pay Stana Katic double, she's the reason most people watch the show anyway.

Nov 6, 2013 2:57PM
pay the man what he wants.....if this is a number 1 drama show......
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