Fans of "Castle" might be worried about the show falling victim to the "Moonlighting" curse since Richard Castle and Kate Becket have connected. Guarantees being made online are attempting to reassure that fans will be pleasantly surprised with changes coming in the new season. It is impossible, though, to guarantee fans will be happy with all of the new changes the creators are making until at least a handful of episodes have aired.
During an interview with Zap2It, Tamala Jones, who plays Lanie Parris on "Castle," pointed out how shows which fall victim to the "Moonlighting" curse "don't add that extra fizz in there to help the show without killing [it]." Before seeing what the extra fizz the creators have added, fans cannot be guaranteed anything outside of simply seeing something new. How fans will react to something new will probably not be determined until about three or four weeks into the season. If the show has kept a large number of viewers from the Season 5 premiere, then guarantees can be proven. Guarantees should never be made until they can be proven.
One of the major changes to Season 5 of "Castle" is a major revamping of the writing staff. The show's creator, Andrew Marlow, has only kept a few of the original writers on staff and hired brand new writers in an attempt to create a new direction for the show. Essentially, this equates to a new vision for the show and there is no way to guarantee viewers will like the new direction.
The mysteries the characters solve each week on "Castle" are secondary to the voyages Rick and Kate have been on. Viewers have watched Rick attempt to grow up while Kate worked to break down the walls she had put up to keep others from getting too close. By finally coming together, they have to become completely different characters as they would not be able to have come together without Rick stepping away from his childhood and without Kate's walls crumbling down. Fans of "Castle" have been interested in the same characters and their internal struggles for four years and there is no way to guarantee they will like the "improved" versions of the fallible characters they love watching each Monday night.
Fizz or fizzle?
The intensity of the season opener often fades by the third or fourth week and the direction of the season is fully established at this point. If the new writers commence by tossing out gimmick after gimmick in an attempt to keep fans interested, the Internet will begin to buzz with accusations of "Castle" jumping the shark when Rick and Kate kissed. Creating a new show is a difficult task and there is no way to guarantee it will be a success until the numbers can prove it. Taking a show in a new direction is also difficult as fans will start tuning out if they believe their show has jumped the shark and that is guaranteed.
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