Megan Miller ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Well into its sixth season, Castle is doing better than ever in ratings and recently won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Crime Drama for the third year in a row. With its main couple getting ready to tie the knot, the show continues to succeed in bringing back its viewers.
Terri Miller, writer and current consulting producer for the show, has worked on the show alongside the showrunner, her husband Andrew Marlowe, since its inception in 2009. Miller spoke to Emertainment Monthly about the rest of the season, live-tweeting with fans, and her experience working on the show.
Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) have been engaged for half of the season and have mentioned looking for wedding venues; does the writing team know when more plans will happen, or even when a date will be set?
We have a pretty good idea but it’s all dependent on how our stories develop.
Do you feel that Castle is beyond any threat of the Moonlighting curse for good?
I don’t believe in “The Moonlighting Curse.” It’s based on a faulty premise that the show ended because David & Maddie hooked up. The show ended for a number of reasons. Personally, I was a huge fan of Moonlighting and was disappointed when it was taken off the schedule. But if you believe in the curse, I would say, we’re way beyond that.
3XK left a pretty sinister note in song form for Castle and Beckett at the end of “Disciple”; are plans in the works to bring that storyline up again any time soon, or to bring back Michael Mosley for the role?
3XK is insidious and pops up when you least expect it. I wouldn’t turn your back on him.
Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) has also made herself pretty notorious this season for moving in with Pi (Myko Olivier) and calling her father out in “Get a Clue”; what was the motivation behind that direction for her?
Like all of our characters, Alexis has grown and changed since the audience met her when she was 14. She’s in her sophomore year of college and she’s discovering her independence, exploring her boundaries and like all young men and women her age, testing her relationships. Our motivation was to challenge her character and tell the story of her evolution as an integral part of the evolution of the Castle family.
You live-tweet with the rest of the fandom during episodes; what is that experience like, in terms of direct audience feedback?
I love live-tweeting with the fandom. It’s a bit like broadcasting in front of a live studio audience, except while live-tweeting the audience can give you a shout out, or shout at you during the performance. It’s kind of exciting to see the tweets where people react emotionally to moments I’ve hoped would evoke their exact responses. It’s also surprising to see how people react to moments I did not expect to have a particular sort of impact. I also enjoy being able to answer some of their behind-the-scene questions.
What kind of vibe do the writer’s have, having come through five seasons and successfully gotten a television couple together?
We all feel lucky to be a part of this show. It continues to be exciting and challenging creatively for all of us. We’re lucky to have the talent in the cast and crew to help create the chemistry that keeps us going, not only with Castle & Beckett, but between Ryan & Esposito, Gates, Lanie, Alexis and Martha. And it’s a lot of fun to produce our show with our exceptionally talented crew for such a passionate and engaged fandom.
Going into the second half of the season, is there anything you can talk about, where it’s going or what next year will bring?
I think you’ll see a lot of action, drama and fun as Castle and Beckett plan their wedding. We’re hoping to create more stories spotlighting Gates, Ryan, Esposito, Lanie, Martha and Alexis.
Lastly, what is your favorite thing about working on the show?
I love writing, honing the scripts but my favorite part of working on the show has always been the production process. I love working with the various creative departments to figure out the practicalities of production, location scouting, costumes, set design, props, hair and make-up and casting. It’s gratifying to see how the actors and directors elevate the writing in production. We end up rewriting in the editing room and creating the moments with music, sound and our editing patterns. It’s creating a product out of whole cloth and then showing it, having the audience feel something, relate to or look at the world in a different way that I find most exciting.
Castle airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.