CastleCon: Day One

As I mentioned, my trip to L.A. last weekend was for the Castle Fan Charity Convention.

All smiles in front of the CastleCon agenda for day one

Many of you are probably wondering–what is Castle? Because despite being one of ABC’s most popular and highly-rated shows, Castle tends to elicit two kinds of responses: love it or never heard of it. Any longtime viewer — myself included — is mystified by this considering that Castle is now in its fifth season.

The police procedural is a unique hybrid that moves seamlessly between drama and comedy, fueled by the fantastic chemistry between actors Nathan Fillion (who plays writer Richard Castle) and Stana Katic (his homicide detective muse Kate Beckett). It is also that rare show which delivers every single week, so I was truly excited to meet some of the people who bring it to life as well as, of course, fellow shippers.

Both days of CastleCon kicked with a spirited auction of autographed items, that ultimately raised about $35,000 for charity (including Hurricane Sandy relief). Headlining the agenda — members of Castle’s cast and crew.

First up for Q&A were husband wife editing team Marta Evry and [Warren Bowman] along with camera dolly grip Chris Brown.  Of Castle and Beckett’s long awaited love scene, Marta assured us no kissing footage was left on the cutting room floor. She also shared how emotional it was to edit another iconic series moment — the military funeral of Captain Montgomery — after her veteran father’s passing the year before.

During the lunch break, I got to know a handful of other Castle fans including Denver-based Colleen and Utah-based Susan.

“We’re gonna interrogate you like Beckett,” Susan quipped when I joined them.

Best introduction ever.

Castle cast members Tamala Jones (Lanie) and Penny Johnson Jerald (Captain Gates) dazzled the crowd

After lunch, cast members Tamala Jones (Lanie) and Penny Johnson Jerald (Capt. Gates) — both gorgeous and down to earth in person — delighted the crowd with sassy banter and behind the scenes scoop. Tamala would love to be in Beckett’s “supermodel” shoes this season and promised some great upcoming scenes between them about Castle. Penny revealed her alter ego knows Castle and Beckett are involved, and that she’s a real life fan of their love story.

Penny and me: Loved her!

The complete opposite of her tough cop character, Penny brought her zumba instructor and led about 50 of us in a fun zumba class. She stuck around afterward to hug each person goodbye. A true class act, just like all of her co-workers.

Up next…the scoop on CastleCon day two and what I’m thankful for this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving all!

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