Sassy, attitude, aggressive and angry are terms often associated with Black Women on TV. In the case of Lanie Parish, best friend of Det. Kate Beckett, we are able to see there is more to the character than sassy.
Lanie Parish, as written by Andrew Marlowe-creator of Castle, is a well-spoken, intelligent, caring woman on ABC’s hit dramedy. The role was not written for a woman of color but it is well played and performed by Tamala Jones. The chemistry of the actors on Castle are as important to the tv series as the written scripts. That in itself accounts for the ginormous fan following and steady ratings of the series. Tamala has successfully placed her mark on the role making it inconceivable for loyal fans to watch an episode without her appearing at a crime scene or on a girl’s night out with her BFF – Detetective Kate Beckett. Tamala’s chemistry with Stana Katic is evident as is her chemistry with the entire cast and crew of the series.
It is to the delight of this blogger that the writers of Castle have not fallen into the black woman stereotype trap of writing the role of Lanie Parish M.E. as an irreverent, unorthodox and street laced character. Lanie Parish is a well educated, well respected, professional medical examiner on Castle. Her appearance and presence on Castle is one of the main reasons I faithfully watch the series and support the creator and his writing staff. In a day where Black women continue to struggle for major roles on network TV that depict the character with skill, intelligence and leadership, Castle never fails to deliver. As a mother of three beautiful gifted, talented, intelligent African American daughters, it is important to me to support TV shows that display diversity in their casting and intelligence in their characters who are people of color. It is worth noting that Castle is not in the majority when it comes to the portrayal of black women on TV.
In an article written by Michael Arceaunex for The Root, Arceneaux shared the words of writer Allison Samuels’ Newsweek piece when she spoke with TV’s first black leading lady Diahann Carroll. She spoke with pioneering actress Diahann Carroll, who told her, “What I see now on television for the most part is a disgrace, as far as how we’re depicted.” Another pioneer, Phylicia Rashad, recalled a conversation with an NBC executive after The Cosby Show went off the air. Rashad quipped, “He said it was going to get much worse before it got better in terms of diversity. He was right.”
What is the next step for network TV? Is it conceivable and marketable that the character Lanie Parish could grow to carry a show like Body of Proof? Yes, it is conceivable! What is inconceivable in 2012 is that we are still asking the question! The Body of Proof character is a medical examiner/doctor who works with the police to solve crimes. Sound familiar? The role of Lanie Parish is critical to the success of Det. Beckett and her team. She is consistently asked how did the victim die? Dr. Parish’ response is always the critical piece of information that will make or break the case. Her response and support to the lead detective often points Beckett in the right direction for her investigation. Yet, the character of Lanie Parish appears to be without hope for a spinoff series or increased screen time unless the fans rally on her behalf.
Four years ago it was just a story line on the tv series “24″ that a black man could lead one of the world’s leading nations. Today that story line is a part of history. What or who will be the turning point for network TV? Will the market support a character like Lanie Parish in a lead role? How long do we need to wait before our country has as many Shonda Rhimes as we do Andrew Marlowe’s? Until those question along with many others are answered, we salute Tamala Jones and throw tons of support her way as she marches forward in her film career and journey on network TV with Castle. She is so much more than sass.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live – The first part of Jimmy’s interview with Nathan Fillion
No Castle 4×22 Promo tonight, but I’m sure Castle fans want to see this Nathan Fillion skit that played afterwards.
In this amusing interview, Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic talk about their characters’ relationship on ABC’s Castle. Both actors also reveal their first upcoming steamy romantic scene together. Produced by: Catalina Walsh Associate Producer: Sarah Jersild – Interview by: Zenaida Gorbea & Natalie Brown Edited by: Alex Stradling A Tribune Interactive Production
Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic) give some advice to ABC’s new president.
Nathan Fillion attempting (and failing) to slap Jon Huertas on the set of ABC’s Castle. Filmed by Seamus Dever. I am not Seamus, I just follow him on Twitter and uploaded his vid on here. twitter.com
Firefly References: www.youtube.com www.cliqueclack.com Nathan Fillion sneaks in a Firefly reference in Castle season 2 episode 4 “Fool Me Once”. Watch his hands as he mimes “two” by “two”.
Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) dresses up in his Mal Reynolds costume for Halloween. Or rather, a “space cowboy” in a brown trenchcoat that looks suspiciously like those the Browncoats wore in Firefly and Serenity. (From Castle season 2 episode 6 “Vampire Weekend”.) Now with subtitles!
In this new Nerd PSA, actor Nathan Fillion addresses an important issue affecting gamers worldwide: Swamp Ass. With these helpful tips gamers’ can dry their undersides out and end swamp ass today! #endswampass Brought to you by Break and The Nerd Machine, who have joined forces to produce three important Nerd PSAs that are all directed by Zachary Levi. Learn more about them here: www.break.com and www.thenerdmachine.com Viva La Nerdolution!
Princess Of China is taken from the worldwide no. 1 album Mylo Xyloto – get it now from iTunes at cldp.ly NB: the lyrics don’t show over the video on mobile devices, but are pasted below. Princess of China Once upon a time somebody ran Somebody ran away saying ‘fast as I can I got to go, I got to go’ Once upon a time we fell apart You’re holding in your hands the two halves of my heart Oh oh oh, oh-oh-oh-oh Once upon a time we burned bright Now all we ever seem to do is fight On and on, and on and on and on Once upon a time on the same side Once upon a time on the same side in the same game Now why d’you have to go Have to go and throw water on my flame? I could have been a princess, you’d be a king Could have had a castle and worn a ring But no ooo-oh you let me go ooo-oh-oh I could have been a princess, you’d be a king Could have had a castle and worn a ring But no-ooo-oh you let me go-ooo-oh You stole my star La-la-la-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, You stole my star La-la-la-la-la-la-la ‘Cos you really hurt me, no you really hurt me ‘Cos you really hurt me, no you really hurt me ‘Cos you really hurt me, oh-oh you really hurt me, Oh-ooh-ooh ‘Cos you really hurt me, oh-oh you really hurt me