The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Holly Byrnes

THEY have built seven sea­sons of mys­tery and in­trigue on their siz­zling ro­man­tic chem­istry, so news Stana Katic will re­unite with her on-screen lover Nathan Fil­lion in a new sea­son of Cas­tle is rea­son to re­joice for the TV cou­ple’s de­voted fans. Cas­ke­teers – the name given to loyal view­ers who have kept faith in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Kate Beck­ett (Katic) and Richard Cas­tle (Fil­lion) – can now look for­ward to at least one more sea­son of the in­tel­li­gent and mag­netic pair­ing at the heart of the hit US drama se­ries (sea­son seven wraps up tonight on Aus­tralian screens).

But as Fil­lion told TV Guide, the show’s magic would not be com­plete with­out the other women in Cas­tle’s TV life: his teenage daugh­ter Alexis (played by Molly Quinn) and the­atri­cal mother Martha (Su­san Sul­li­van).

Re­mem­ber­ing back to the show’s au­di­tion process, when he sat in on the cast­ing of th­ese key roles, Fil­lion says th­ese fe­male forces made their pres­ence felt right from the start –- stand­ing out from the crowd of more than 100 ac­tresses called in to test for the parts.

“All you want is for them to come into the room and just be ex­actly what you’re look­ing for,” Fil­lion re­calls, “and that’s ex­actly what Molly did. She came in and was phe­nom­e­nal. She left … and we picked up the phone and said, ‘That’s her, we need her, it’s a done deal’.”

In­dus­try vet­eran Sul­li­van, with a ca­reer span­ning al­most 50 years, made just as a dra­matic first im­pres­sion.

“It was the same thing with Su­san,” Fil­lion says. “She has so much of Martha in her. She came into au­di­tion and said, ‘Stand up dar­ling, I won’t be look­ing down on you, that won’t work for me’. She had me stand up and read with her and that’s just so Martha.” CAS­TLE TONIGHT, 9.50PM, SEVEN

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