IT’S not a complete surprise when Castle star Nathan Fillion is late for this interview, the notorious traffic in Los Angeles aside.
Keeping an audience waiting is something this actor does well.
Playing mystery writer Richard Castle, who has built a literary career on suspense, Fillion knows it can be all in the tease.
But to viewers’ frustration, resolving the crime plotlines isn’t the only thing left hanging on this Channel 7 show. There’s also the lingering sexual tension between Castle and detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) that keeps fans coming back.
From the outset, this smart drama has paralleled its gruesome police work with a simmering love story — a playboy who usually gets what he wants up against a strictly professional police investigator determined to keep him at arm’s length.
Four seasons in and their chemistry sizzles on a par with the best TV couplings.
Think Mulder and Scully on The X-Files and, more recently, Booth and Brennan on Bones.
For Fillion, the ghost of another crime-fighting duo who crossed that line on 1980s hit Moonlighting has him spooked.
Hailed for the scorching onscreen pairing of Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and David (Bruce Willis), the show’s demise was blamed squarely on the fact they, well, did it.
Fillion says he’s of the same ‘‘ jump the shark school of thought’’ with Castle.
Fillion says ‘‘ give everybody what they want and release that tension, that’s when people start going ‘ OK, done’.’’
Creator Andrew Marlowe and his writers have cleverly ‘‘ danced’’ around the relationship, ‘‘ pushing the boundaries ... without irreparable damage’’.
This week’s season finale may well take the show in a bold new direction. Castle, Channel 7, Sunday, 9.45pm
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