The Heart of Castle’s Back: MilMar Pictures’ TV Series Take Two is at ABC

First Castle, Now the new TV series Take Two

Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller


For seven seasons straight ABC’s Castle was the rare show that kept a strong and steady hold of its audience size.  As such it’s not surprising that ABC picked up  the TV series Take Two from MilMar Pictures and Studio Canal‘s Tandem Productions.   MilMar Pictures is the creator of Castle and its six season showrunner Andrew W. Marlowe &  Terri Edda Miller.   Miller  was a Castle executive producer,  a writer,  and at times a co-writer with Marlowe.   She’s also Marlowe’s wife – which he has said is a bonus for their collaborations.

One of the things we love about our creative process is sometimes it mirrors our characters, with sparks flying,” he explains. “We each come at things from a different point of view so we naturally gravitate towards those sorts of stories. Part of it is in our artistic DNA but part of it is also in our relationship DNA. (Drama Quarterly)

Together Marlowe and Miller, aka MilMar, wrote several of  Castle‘s iconic episodes – including what some consider the episode: the season 4 finale, “Always .”  The episode is the highest viewer-rated episode on IMDB and the third-watched of the entire series (Wikipedia).   After it aired, many Castle fans came to love MilMar almost as much as the fictional characters on Castle!   From the perspective of those hard core fans, if anyone has a shot of striking gold twice with this procedural dramedy genre – it’s MilMar.  According to Deadline,  ABC thinks so as well.

Andrew and Terri are wonderful storytellers and this is the perfect project for their return to ABC,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “We’re excited to see Rachel and Eddie bring these characters to life.”

“Rachel and Eddie” are  Rachel BilsonHart of Dixie) and Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami).   They’ve been cast as the show’s leads.

Stars of the new TV series Take Two on ABC

Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian

Even though news about the TV series Take Two first came out in the spring 2016,  Deadline noted that ABC had been waiting to get the right pairing before giving it a straight-to-series order.  The waiting makes sense.  Chemistry is what makes the writing of this genre of show really pop.   For Castle, a 2010 Paley Center panel revealed that they went through 140 actresses before they found Stana Katic to play Kate Beckett.

In the case of Take Two, catching lighting in a bottle was all in the timing.  Last season neither of the actors cast were really available.  Bilson was on season 5 of Nashville & Cibrian was on FOX’s Rosewood.  Both shows have since been cancelled.  CMT and Fox’s loss is ABC’s gain!

The Set Up For The TV Series Take Two 

The series will follow Ella (Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series who is fresh-out-of-rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing private investigator Eddie (Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though Eddie resents the babysitting gig, Ella proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts Ella’s role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire the pair. (Variety)

Many will say this is just like Castle, but it’s not. The obvious difference between Castle and Take Two is that the unconventional character is the woman and the serious one is the guy.   Still, the story is as reminiscent of Remington Steele as Castle.   There’s a character dealing with personal demons while the other is just trying to make an honest living as a P.I..

Besides, it’s not the setup of these boilerplate shows that makes or breaks them.  The success comes from the character development, the storytelling, and the chemistry.  With MilMar running the show and working with a hot new pairing it’s a safe bet that Take Two is ready to take off!

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