“TAKE TWO” ON ABC NETWORK by Tim Riley
The summer TV schedule is typically filled with new shows on cable and plenty of reality and documentary-type shows on both cable and network. The big four major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX, usually hold off until the Fall season to launch new series, but there are always exceptions. ABC fills the void this summer with “Take Two.”The ABC long-running series “Castle” was popular. Nathan Fillion played the titular character, a mystery novelist who tagged along with reluctant NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and often meddled in cases with his opinions.
In a gender twist, “Take Two” has similarities in that private eye Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibran) is put in the tight spot of having the unwanted shadow of Sam Swift (Rachel Bilson), the former star of TV cop series, tailing his every move. On a condition of parole, the unemployed Sam fired from the series “Hot Suspect” and freshly out of rehab, teams up with the disinclined Eddie to remain under his watchful eye even though the last thing he needs is an inquisitive nuisance.
If you are most likely thinking that the similarities between “Castle” and “Take Two” is eerily parallel, it may not surprise that Andrew W. Marlowe is the creator of both series. Recycling story formulas are nothing new in both television and film. The big question is whether these two crime-solving disparate characters, much like Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in “Moonlighting,” are engagingly fun to watch in their inevitable quarrels and sarcastic banter.
So far, every time that Eddie cautions Sam to be invisible and not get involved, these admonitions are predictably ignored by the actor who gleans all of her theories from years of solving fictional crimes. Midway into the second episode, one observation from Eddie sums up a feeling that might even be shared by the audience. Asked how it is going in working with Sam, Eddie replies that it’s like “a circus that never leaves town.”
In an obvious marketing ploy, “Take Two” episodes, at least in the initial going, feature an ad for the upcoming Fall series “The Rookie” starring Nathan Fillion. Is this a wink to the viewers about the connection to “Castle?”