Beyond 'Castle': Nathan Fillion Is Everywhere
Beyond 'Castle': Nathan Fillion Is Everywhere
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
As a fair percentage of the Castle-watching population knows, star Nathan Fillion has done some other things on television. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Castle cannot totally contain its star this week.

Firefly Back on TV
This week, the Science Channel announced that it would air the entirety (such as it is) of Fillion's earlier series, Firefly. The 2002 series starred Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a former soldier-turned-smuggler in outer space. Mal led an assorted bunch of crewmembers through future worlds that had a pronounced Old West feel alongside some impressive science fiction.

FOX aired only 11 episodes of the show (of 14 produced), but a rather passionate fan base still managed to develop. This level of fan support even allowed for a follow-up film, Serenity, from creator Joss Whedon in 2005.

It looks like the Science Channel will focus on the sci-fi, rather than the Western, aspects of Firefly. Each airing will be accompanied by short segments with physicist Michio Kaku on hand to discuss the science of the show.

It turns out that it's not just fans who are excited about Firefly on television again -- Fillion is too. In an interview with, the actor insists that Malcolm Reynolds was his favorite role ever. According to Fillion: "I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship." The actor even declares that he would buy the rights and reboot Firefly, if he ever won the lottery.

Firefly fans watching Castle over the past few years may have picked up on Nathan Fillion's devotion to his earlier role. Most of the references are subtle -- such as blue gloves at a crime scene or claiming to have learned Chinese from a TV show -- but there have been blatant references as well. Most notably, Rick Castle dressed as a "space cowboy" for Halloween, wearing what appeared to be the entirety of a Malcolm Reynolds costume.

But I'm sure Nathan Fillion loves Castle too.

More Fillion!
You don't have to wait for Monday's Castle or watch old science fiction series if you want to get a glimpse of Nathan Fillion. He will also appear on late-night television this week.

Tonight (Thursday, Feb. 17), Fillion will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Probably there to promote Castle's upcoming two-part, terrorism themed installment, Fillion is sandwiched between Paris Hilton and the musical guest, Scissor Sisters.

That should make for an interesting show.

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