“Castle” fans tune in to see Caskett’s playful banter, incredible crime-solving skills, and undeniable chemistry. While every other series can’t recreate Rick and Kate’s repartee, the new fall shows listed below have a thing or two in common with “Castle” and might pique your interest.
1. “Gotham” — Beginning Monday, September 22, at 8 p.m. on FOX
Sometimes Richard Castle’s New York feels a bit like Gotham City. The murder mystery writer faced off against Batman-worthy villains like the 3XK serial killer. He’s also encountered crooked politicians, mobsters, and even a sword-wielding superhero known as Lone Vengeance. During the episode “Heroes and Villains,” we even learned that Castle is a massive Marvel comics fan whose favorite caped crusader is Batman. He explained his love of the Dark Knight to Beckett by saying, “He’s brooding. He’s handsome. And he’s got all the coolest toys.”
You won’t get to see Bruce Wayne as Batman on “Gotham,” but you will get to witness a younger version of the future superhero experiencing a life-changing moment. It’s even similar to the one that inspired Kate Beckett to become a cop. After her mother was murdered, Beckett vowed to find her killer by becoming part of the law. Wayne decided to find his parents’ murderer by going above the law.
The police partners working to bring down Gotham’s most wanted will be a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). However, the most interesting partnership will be the one that starts to develop between Gordon and young Wayne (David Mazouz). One day Wayne will become the Castle to Gordon’s Beckett by helping the cop capture crafty criminals. It will be a lot harder to bring down The Scarecrow, The Penguin, The Riddler, and The Joker.
2. “Forever” — Beginning Tuesday, September 23, at 10 p.m. on ABC
“Forever” is the most “Castle”-esque new fall series. Both shows are set in NYC, and, like Castle, Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is a crime solver who isn’t a cop. He’s also witty, worldly, and ruggedly handsome. Morgan has an eye for detail and an encyclopedic brain that can help him solve crimes, but the medical examiner didn’t get his vast knowledge by doing research for crime novels; you can learn a lot by being alive for 200 years.
Every time Morgan dies, he comes back. He’s always “reborn” in a body of water, and he’s always naked. This supernatural plot point is what makes “Forever” so much more than a “Castle” or “Elementary” rip-off. Castle’s big mystery was the identity of his father, but Morgan’s is much bigger – he wants to know why he’s immortal.
Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) teams up with Morgan to solve murders. Like Beckett, the attractive cop isn’t a fan of her unusual partner at first. In the “Forever” trailer, she calls him the “weirdest, creepiest person” she’s ever met. But of course she won’t be able to resist his charms for long.
3. “The Mysteries of Laura“ — Beginning Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. on NBC
Here’s another crime procedural set in NYC. If Castle ever decided to shadow another female cop, it’s easy to imagine him choosing Detective Laura Diamond (Debra Messing). She’s smart and sassy, like Beckett, and she likes to get witty while wielding her weapon. She also has to babysit, but her only charge isn’t a man suffering from Peter Pan Syndrome – she’s also the mother of twin terrors.
Laura shares Castle’s messy love life. Rick’s ex-wife is a flaky, free-spirited actress who occasionally pops up to cause problems. Unfortunately for Laura, it’s much harder to escape her soon-to-be ex-husband Jake (Josh Lucas). He’s also a cop, and Laura can’t get him to sign their divorce papers. Jake shares Castle’s playful personality, but his immature attitude annoys his overwhelmed wife. In the trailer, his refusal to take anything seriously makes an exasperated Laura roll her eyes (does this reaction sound familiar?).
Which new fall crime series are you looking forward to most?
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