CASTLE WITHOUT STANA?

 

This is what happens when I am bored but have Google.  Spring of 2008, our beloved Stana made the cut and won the competition to be Detective Kate Beckett.

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Yet the previous year, Ms. Stana filmed a pilot that interestingly enough would have co-starred one of Beckett’s arch-nemesis’s Doctor Kelly Neiman, aka Amy Wershing.  The show was called Company Man.  

 

Coming off a very highly acclaimed stint as Collette Stenger in “24” Fox executives promptly cast her into another espionage role as a Federal Agent/Handler.  The intent for the show was to either be the lead-in to their franchise show “24” or to piggyback off their strong following.  

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IMDB provides this description:

“A family man (Behr) is unwittingly caught up in the world of espionage after the NSA enlists him as a spy at the defense contracting company that employs him.”

 

 

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The Fox Network Description

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The initial thought by FOX was this would either be the perfect lead-in to “24” or of the ideal follow.  The following blurb from the Network show its high hopes for this effort.

The network’s description: “From the creative team behind “24,” television’s most exciting drama, comes a thriller with a different twist. Executive producers Robert Cochran, David Ehrman (“The Fugitive”), Jon Cassar, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon (“24”) explore the world of espionage through the eyes of an innocent man forced to spy for the National Security Agency. PAUL FISHER, a brilliant engineer who works in the defense industry, is an otherwise ordinary man with ordinary abilities, trying to live a normal life until he’s thrust into a world of intrigue, violence and betrayal. Paul is an unwilling spy, forced to serve his NSA handlers in order to hide a secret that could destroy him. His burden is made even greater by the fact that, in order to protect his loved ones, he can’t tell them what he’s doing. An everyman pushed without warning into a brutal, Jack Bauer-esque world, Paul must learn the ropes of his second “job” very quickly, or die all the while fighting desperately to keep his marriage together. Paul’s independent-minded wife, KATE, becomes suspicious when their once-strong bond seems to be unraveling with Paul’s increasingly secretive behavior. She’s determined to find out what’s going on even to the point of hiring a private investigator. Sexy, tough Agency handler SARA BAKER (Stana Katic, “24”) cajoles, seduces, bullies and blackmails Paul into working for her. Baker’s veneer covers a growing admiration for Paul. But it’s her job to pull him away from Kate and guide him through his various missions. TOM WICKS (Billy Brown, “Criminal Minds”), Baker’s jaded but extremely competent partner, doesn’t share her admiration for Paul’s decency; in fact, he may be somewhat jealous of it. Paul and Wicks could not be less alike and the gap between them only widens as they work together. However, as with Baker, Paul has no choice but to trust Wicks with his life. Directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Jon Cassar (“24″), this unique series from 20th Century Fox Television and Realtime Productions combines the excitement of a thriller with the heart of a sophisticated character drama.”
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A synopsis From Rants and Reviews:

A synopsis From Rants and Reviews:

The plot in a nutshell: When the NSA’s mole (Michael Reilly Burke) at the shadowy Global Defense Industries gets killed trying to deliver them the company’s secrets, Agent Sarah Baker (Stana Katic) and her team must find someone else to take down the treasonous company. As luck would have it, Paul Fisher (Jason Behr) is about to start at said corporation as a favor to his best friend Manny Vasco (Reynaldo Rosales). It seems that Paul has left behind a tenured professor job at the University of Chicago to make a fresh start with his wife (Annie Wersching), who’s still reeling from the loss of their unborn child. There, after a back breaking three hours of orientation tests, he’s tasked to find flaws with the company’s latest project – a laser guided anti-ballistic missile shield (or something like that). It’s here we also meet Paul’s co-workers – the sleep deprived Jeff Greenwald (Michael Goorjian) and the a-little-too-close-to-the-married-Manny Laura Brooks (Sarah Brown). Paul’s also sent upstairs to meet his boss, the quietly threatening Frank Novachek (apologies as I didn’t recognize the actor). Frank gives him the “company first, life second” speech and pings Paul about why exactly he left the quiet life to come build weapons systems for a government contractor. Finally after his first head spinning day at the company, he’s kidnapped by Baker and her team, who in turn give him the lay of the land. GDI, with the help of Manny, has apparently been selling weapons to the Chinese, Somalian warlords and ever other bad guy you can think of. Sarah and her partner Tom Wicks (Billy Brown) good cop/bad cop Paul into copying a particular file on Manny’s computer that will (hopefully, but let’s face it probably not) prove his innocence or be useful to get Manny to flip on his bosses. Some hand wringing later, Paul makes a go at it during Manny’s son’s birthday party. He does indeed find the incriminating file but is discovered by Manny in the process. A quick drive to the desert later, a gun-toting Manny spills the beans on his situation – if he didn’t do what GDI asked, they would have killed his family. And despite Paul’s best efforts, Manny proceeds to blow his own brains out – torpedoing Baker’s entire case in the process. Their case in shambles, the NSA has no other option than to make Paul their new “company man,” whether he wants to or not.
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And now a couple of clips to whet your curiosity!

 

So if this pilot was picked up and turned out successful, someone else who have donned the role of Katherine Houghton Beckett since Stana would have been otherwise occupied.  Who know how that would have altered our Caskett universe?

 

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