‘Castle’ Pays Homage to Nathan Fillion’s Soap Roots

Nathan Filion on Castle (ABC)

Nathan Fillion on Castle (ABC)

Monday’s “Castle” is a must-see for soap fans. Not only does it feature “All My Children” stars Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison in guest-starring roles as soap actors, the premise is every angry viewer’s darkest fantasy: a soap headwriter is murdered by literally being stabbed in the back. Spoilers suggest the investigation involves angry posters on a soap message board. The “Castle” writers have obviously done their homework about the soap world.

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The episode, titled “One Life To Lose” is an homage to Nathan Fillion‘s former role on “One Life to Live.” “Castle” and “One Life To Live” enjoy acknowledging each other’s existence. In the second episode of “Castle” Rick Castle mentioned “One Life To Live.”  Fillion said that he would like to do a cameo on the soap to celebrate the recent recasting of his character, Joey Buchanan.  The soap, in turn, recently showed Joey’s ex-girlfriend Kelly looking at the back cover of a Castle book and musing that the author looked familiar. It’s odd “Castle” opted to use the stars of other soaps for this episode, but since “One Life to Live” tapes in New York while New York-set “Castle” is shot in L.A., it may have been a scheduling necessity.

Judging by these clips, this is going to be a hilarious hour of television. The first one mocks the soap cliche of the beautiful younger woman who is involved with an older man, as Budig and Corbin Bernsen film a scene that takes a surprising twist when the head writer’s dead body turns up on set. If this is an accurate portrayal of daytime, the fictional soap will use the take anyway for budgetary reasons.

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In the second clip, Castle demonstrates his knowledge of soap history by discussing “General Hospital’s” famous weather machine storyline.

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