Castle Among Most Google’d TV Shows for 2013

Castle TV on ABC & TNT.

I was a little worried when Castle and Kate become romantically involved. On the other hand, when Bones and Booth became romantically involved I stood up and cheered. But that’s a different post.

Not every show survives when the male and female leads finally eliminate the sexual tension between the two of them. Castle has survived and thrived.

TNT recently aired the episode where Kate and Castle finally go to the Hamptons together. It’s one of the funniest in my book. No one else knows that they’re a “couple” yet and when they’re in the Hamptons they end up smack dab in the middle of a murder (of course). While they’re trying to solve a murder, Javi and Kevin are trying to find out who Kate is dating. By the end of the episode, Kevin knows who Kate is dating, but he doesn’t quite share that info with Javi.

Seamus Dever is Det. Kevin Ryan on Castle. © 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Credit: Bob D'Amico

Seamus Dever is Det. Kevin Ryan on Castle. © 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Credit: Bob D’Amico

Speaking of Kevin (Seamus Dever), if you caught last weeks episode “Under Fire” you know that Kevin and Jenny had their baby. But did you know that Kevin and Jenny are married? I mean actually married on and off the show. I didn’t realize it until the credits were flying by in the beginning of the show and I saw Juliana Dever come up on the screen.

One visit to and there it was, Juliana Dever is Seamus Dever (Kevin Ryan) wife. That doesn’t happen very often.

Castle won the People’s Choice Award category for Best TV Crime Drama and Stana Katic won an award for Best TV Drama Actress.

What are some of your favorite Season 6 Castle episodes?

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Season 4 Midseason Poster Revealed

The Walking Dead Season 4 Midseason Poster

The Walking Dead Season 4 Midseason Poster

Having a hard time waiting till February 9 when The Walking Dead returns? I definitely sympathize. I was overjoyed that the marathon was on so I could record the Season 3 episodes and watch those at my leisure (and delete the commercials).

I myself was busy writing, working on my own “assignment” as it were, so having The Walking Dead as a back drop served as inspiration. No, I’m not writing a zombie novel. I’m just saying I write better with something good playing on TV.

If you need something to tied you over until February 9, you should check out The Walking Dead‘s fan site at There’s plenty there that will satisfy your zombie craving including full episodes from Season 1 in black and white, blogs, photos, some really cool games, apps, and, now that Christmas is over, shopping.

WD Season 3 LE Blu Ray @ Amazon

WD Season 3 LE Blu Ray @ Amazon

Amazon has some great deals on Seasons 1, 2 and 3 in DVD and Blu ray formats. There are also some Limited Editions that are reduced in price, including this Season 3 LE Blu ray which Amazon is listing for $79.99 (down from $149.99).

The Season 2 LE Blu ray remains at a very high price, $389.99 and features a head with a screwdriver in his eye. When you lift the head, the Blu ray boxes are inside a cavity of the head. There are other prices for this one, slightly used, slightly discounted, still pricey.

You should go to Amazon and check out all their Walking Dead merchandise, 27+ pages of it. They also have a poster book which I’m seriously contemplating about purchasing. It contains 40 posters at a cost of about 50 cents per ($21.24 + shipping unless you’re a Prime Member, then shipping is free).

2013 Obits – December

Dec. 24: Jacob Wernitznig, 28 – brother of Jennifer Sebena, took his own life on the one year anniversary of his sister’s death. Jennifer Sebena was fatally shot by her husband, Benjamin Sebena, while she was patrolling in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on Dec. 24, 2012. Jacob was Jennifer’s only sibling. Just hours before his death he posted a photo of himself with his sister as children near a Christmas tree. He is survived by his mother.

Dec. 23: Gordon Hinkley, 88 – known as the “Granddaddy of Milwaukee radio” with a show called “Ask Your Neighbor” that ran on WTMJ-AM (620) for more than 30 years, died at the Village at Manor Park in West Allis.

Dec. 23: Jeffrey Pollack, 54 – he directed Booty Call, Above the Rim, Lost & Found and served as a producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Pollack was found on the Greenbelt in Hermosa Beach, CA early morning by an unidentified woman who was jogging. He was dressed in jogging clothes and carrying an iPod. It’s believed he died of natural causes.

Dec. 23: Ricky Lawson, 59 – studio drummer, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones and many others died in a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was a Detroit native.

Dec. 23: Mikhail Kalashnikov, 94 – inventor of the iconic AK-47 (aka choppa, chopper, AK, stick) assault rifle had been suffering from heart and intestinal problems and in mid-November was admitted into intensive care in Izhevsk in central Russia (where the plant that produces AK-47s is located). The official cause of death will be known following an autopsy.

Dec. 21: Bernard McGinn, 50s – Irish republican IRA member, convicted of conspiracy to murder and firearms possession, a notorious terrorist was found dead in a house in the Irish Republic.

Lord Infamous

Lord Infamous

Dec. 20: Ricky Dunigan, aka Lord Infamous, 40 – passed away during a visit to his mother’s house in Memphis from a heart attack. He was an original Three 6 Mafia Founding Member, recording albums such as “Mystic Stylez” and “When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1.” In 2006, DJ Paul, along with Juicy J (Jordan Houston) won an Oscar for best original song for the Hustle & Flow soundtrack title “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”

Dec. 19: Ned Vizzini, 32 – a successful young adult author who had found a place in Hollywood committed suicide. He is survived by his wife Sabra and their son.

Dec. 17: Bernard L. Shaw, 68 – a former San Francisco police officer who became the bodyguard and husband of Patty Hearst, died at his home in Garrison, NY after a long illness. The direct cause was not specified.

Dec. 14: Peter O’Toole, 81 – died after a long illness. He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, having initially turned it down.

Dec. 13: Daniel Escobar, 49 – best known for his role on Lizzie McGuire died of complications from diabetes at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Tom Laughlin

Tom Laughlin

Dec. 12: Tom Laughlin, 82 – star of the Billy Jack films and husband to actress Delores Taylor since 1954 died in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Dec. 9: Shane Del Rosario, 30 – Promising UFC combat sports heavyweight died after suffering cardiac arrest two weeks earlier in Newport Beach, California.

Dec. 5. Nelson Mandela, 95 – South Africa’s greatest son and one of the most beloved leaders of the 20th century died of a lung infection.

December 3: Ronald Hunter, 70, American actor (Along Came Polly, Law & Order, The Big Bang Theory) died from heart and kidney failure complications at Woodland Medical Center in Los Angeles.

December 2: Billy Beckwith, 38 – HGTV “Curb Appeal” host and Bay Area contractor was killed in a motorcycle crash in San Francisco’s Haight district.

Dec. 1: Walter Ellis, 53 – died at a Sioux Falls hospital, apparently of natural causes, after serving less than 3 years of a life sentence for strangling seven women. Ellis was arrested in 2009 and sentenced in February 2011 to 7 consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for the killings of 7 Milwaukee women from 1986 to 2007 who ranged in age from 16-41. Ellis was being housed in South Dakota under an interstate agreement.


2013 Obits – November

PAUL WALKER as agent Brian O'Conner in the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed--"Fast & Furious"  © 2009 Universal Studios. Credit: Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures

PAUL WALKER as agent Brian O’Conner in the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed–“Fast & Furious”
© 2009 Universal Studios. Credit: Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures

November 30: Paul William Walker IV, 40 – killed in a one-car crash with his publicist, Roger Rodas. The Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The downed light pole had a speed limit sign of 45 mph. Walker had been in Valencia, CA for a fundraiser benefitting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. He began acting when he was young, appearing in TV commercials. In 1987 he played Prof. Bennet in Monster in the Closet. He starred in the TV series, Throb, and made guest appearances in Charles in Charge, Highway to Heaven, Who’s the Boss, Diff’rent Strokes. He also had a role in The Young and the Restless. He majored in Marine Biology at a California community college prior to getting into acting.

November 23: Jay Leggett, 50 – Comedic actor and one-time Chicago improviser collapsed and died of natural causes after a day of deer hunting in Lincoln County, Wisconsin.

November 20: Sylvia Browne, 77 – psychic medium, author, Sylvia Browne made appearances on Larry King Live and Unsolved Mysteries. According to her son, Chris, Ms. Browne passed away surrounded by her friends and family. Montel Williams was one to publicly express sympathy over Browne’s death while calling her “a beacon that shined for so many.” She is survived by her husband, two sons and three grandchildren.

November 20: Joseph Paul Franklin, 63 – American serial killer, executed by lethal injection who, as a white supremacist claimed he was “doing the will of God” will now meet his maker. His execution was delayed for hours because of court appeals but he was administered a lethal injection at 6:07am CT and died minutes later. He admitted to the attempted assassination of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in 1978 and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan in 1980. Flynt, who was paralyzed by Franklin’s bullet, called for clemency for Franklin, saying “the government has no business at all being in the business of killing people.”

November 19: Diane Disney Miller, 79 – American philanthropist and only biological daughter of Walt Disney, died from complications from a fall she took in September.