Castle Scoop: 24 Baddie is the New Boss!

24‘s evil queen has found a new home on Castle.

Penny Johnson Jerald — best known as President Palmer’s diabolical wife on 24 — is joining the ABC hit as a series regular.

Spoiler Alert: Fresh Castle Season Premiere Intel

She’ll play Captain Victoria Gates, a by-the-book former Internal Affairs investigator who instantly clashes with Castle. Her nickname is “Iron Gates,” so she’s clearly not someone you want to mess with.

Jerald replaces Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose Captain Roy Montgomery was killed off in last May’s finale.

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Comments (78)

  • I can go along with this. :)

    Comment by Shea – July 13, 2011 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *Goes to watch the first three seasons of 24 in anticipation.

    Comment by Deion – July 13, 2011 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • damn i thought it was going to be a nice MILF

    Comment by timelord – July 13, 2011 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why? One of the great things about Castle was that the entire cast portrayed likeable characters. Penny on the other hand gets casts for unlikeable characters… I’m hoping this doesn’t change the feel of the show.

    Comment by Jackel – July 13, 2011 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You should watch Deep Space Nine, where she plays Captain Sisko’s girlfriend (who also happens to be a starship captain).

      Comment by DJ Doena – July 13, 2011 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes!!!!!!!!!! Kasidy Yates! I’m so excited for this!

        Comment by Nerdista – July 13, 2011 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ITA with this! Love Kassidy Yates!

        Comment by Carrie – July 13, 2011 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • yesssssssssssssss

          Comment by lipsticksocialism – July 14, 2011 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh! No wonder she looked so familiar LOL. I loooved her on DS9!

        Comment by shel – July 13, 2011 11:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The character is supposed to start off this way but everyone quickly learns that she is loyal to her team. Looking forward to the storyline that will unfold.
      Nice to see another woman added and one of color! YAH!

      Comment by Samantha – July 13, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You need to check out “The Larry Sanders Show”…she is very likeable there.

      Comment by side3 – July 13, 2011 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The ENTIRE cast portrayed likeable characters? I found Beckett unlikeable from the start but thought she got a little better last season. But really “instantly clashes with Castle” and “she’s clearly not someone you want to mess with”. Beckett 2.0?

      Comment by april-ann – July 13, 2011 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Good point, that’s exactly what Beckett was like.

        Comment by Allie – July 17, 2011 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i sure hope it does not change the show to much or else it would be not worth watching as i have been enjoying it as a fun show

      Comment by kim – July 13, 2011 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen to that. We see enough crap on TV. Hope the writers soften her a bit. Last thing we want to watch is real-life Adam-Henry bosses.

      Comment by PEGGY – August 7, 2011 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jackel – you are SO right. I think the character’r relationships MADE the show. Now, we’re going to have someone stirring the pot? I like the comradeship of the cast. Too bad they don’t bring someone in to add to that, not break it apart.

      Comment by christy – August 26, 2011 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WOW! Great casting choice, it’s about damn time she found some great work. Next to Kiefer, she had the best acting going on in those first three seasons.

    Comment by Jonathan – July 13, 2011 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree :) Liked her very much on 24, as a matter of fact, now I’m going to go and re-watch the first 3 seasons of that show… It’s really great casting choice, that’s for sure :)

      Comment by Katarzyna – July 13, 2011 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That is friggin fantastic!!!! Love it.

    Comment by Chad – July 13, 2011 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ah, the wife of the Emissary!

    Comment by xav – July 13, 2011 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo… why, oh why?

    I hated watching her on 24, now I have to put up with her on Castle.

    Bad times.

    Comment by Dan – July 13, 2011 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Geez she hasn’t made her first appearance and you already judging or saying you won’t like it?! :SMH:

      Comment by Samantha – July 13, 2011 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You just said, “SMH.” I am judging YOU.

        Comment by Really – July 13, 2011 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No.

    Comment by KG – July 13, 2011 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This could be great! I really liked Captain Montgomery and hope Mr. Santiago-Hudson finds a new acting home somewhere soon. Penny was a great villain in 24, but I also remember her as a totally different character on Deep Space Nine. So, I can see this starting out as contentious, but then improving once she sees how helpful Castle actually is on a case.

    Comment by Bella – July 13, 2011 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s Cassidy Yates from DS9!!!!!

    Comment by Kelly – July 13, 2011 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • thats what i said when i saw the pic. And the spoiler supposedly says she has a flirtatious side, so maybe some jealousy is in the future. though i wouldnt let it go on too long.

      Comment by TJCrinc – July 13, 2011 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Plus, it will be fun to see how Castle handles this, as he’s generally used to getting what he wants.

    Comment by Bella – July 13, 2011 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmmmm I think I might just like this choice.

    Comment by Nerwen Aldarion – July 13, 2011 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • woohoo! i like this choice..cant wait for the show to start

    Comment by Amy – July 13, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t know how this will go but I trust the writers to give us a good character, even if she clashes with Castle at first.

    Comment by Paige – July 13, 2011 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here we go… another police show with an angry black woman captain. Has Castle jumped the shark

    Comment by Tom – July 13, 2011 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *SIGH* Really? Jumping the shark?
      Marlowe has said that she at first clashes with Castle/Beckett but eventually proves herself to be loyal to her team.
      I don’t see a problem with her not looking to kindly on the unorthodox partnership. Castle carrying guns and shooting people certainly is that. Can’t wait!

      Comment by Samantha – July 13, 2011 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @ Tom – Tough and by-the-book does not equal angry.

      Comment by znachki – July 13, 2011 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, “Castle” jumped the shark about being another police show with a wisecracking white man.

      If you think that statement makes no sense, you’re right! For the same reason your statement makes no sense either.

      Comment by Amy – July 13, 2011 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • @Amy: Really? There are dozens of cop shows, sure, but none of them can compete with Castle! Samantha’s comment makes perfect sense, yours and Tom’s do not. I think that anyone who has watched Castle for a little while will tell you that it is unlike other cop shows.

        Comment by Kate – July 15, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • “Keen Eddie” was a police show with a wisecracking white man. I miss that show.

        Comment by Jon – August 8, 2011 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope she doesn’t annoy me as much as she did on 24. Fingers crossed it was just the character that annoyed me…

    Comment by Hope – July 13, 2011 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh…HATE her from 24 – bad acting, bad character… And there’s nothing I hate more than a show putting someone in “power” who is there just to play foil to the protagonist. NOT good news for “Castle”.

    Comment by Beth – July 13, 2011 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very good casting. Loved Penny on 24! I’m happy to see her get some work.

    Comment by Mick – July 13, 2011 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For some reason, I didn’t remember where I saw her but she was the person I pictured being cast in this role. I can’t wait til September!

    Comment by Chrissy – July 13, 2011 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great choice!

    Welcome aboard, Kassidy Yates.

    Comment by Kath – July 13, 2011 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great actress–looking forward to this!

    Comment by verver – July 13, 2011 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did anyone else misread the tweet and think the new captain was behind the JB murder, I.e. ‘the big bad’?

    Really looking forward to S4.

    Comment by Lisa – July 13, 2011 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ooo. I hated her character on 24!!!

    I like the more light-hearted episodes of Castle, so hopefully the inter-office tension fades quickly.

    Comment by XK – July 13, 2011 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great choice!

    Comment by Lorie – July 13, 2011 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh yeah…who else can see cat fights in the future for Beckett? And of course who will be there to pull her off the new Captain….or at least distract her? :) I will miss Capt. Montgomerey, but this could be fun to watch play out for a while. :)

    Comment by Bubbles – July 13, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WOW! I can already see the fireworks going when Castle and Gates clash! I never watched 24 but am sure everyone who has will probably agree it’s goint to be must see TV in the making.

    Comment by tahina – July 13, 2011 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If she’ll be anything like her character on 24, I’m gonna love it! (i’m gonna love it anyways)

    Comment by Linda – July 13, 2011 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In my mind, Sherry Palmer survived the shooting at the end of season 3 and went into hiding to recuperate.

    Comment by Sivat – July 13, 2011 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Certainly looks like she can play the badass type.

    Comment by Wendy – July 13, 2011 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, not everything is how it looks or seems to be or is it? It reminds me The Mentalist Sp agent Highower(Aunjanue Ellis) who also replaced the last Agent in charge of the CBI team, she was no nonsense, hard-nose boss,who had hard time getting usd to Patrick’s antics, and became his best ally later on. Fingers crossed. :)

    Comment by tangodancer – July 13, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is what I had been thinking every since I heard they wanted a black woman that is a hard-a**. Plus, The Mentalist already has the good female cop and the plucky side-kick. That’s why I was hoping they would go another way…

      Comment by HC – July 13, 2011 04:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wanted Aunjanue Ellis. I think she would have been perfect. I’m not so sure about this actress, or this change to the captain’s position. I think the success of replacing Montgomery will rely heavily on how the new actor fits into the cast, so I’m a little nervous. The show has really picked up speed in Season 3, not only dramatically, but with audience attention too (I know a lot of people who just caught onto it this season) and I hope they won’t be killing the momentum.

      Comment by Robin – July 13, 2011 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this makes me so happy. loved her in 24. Her character in 24 is what Dolores Umbridge is in Harry Potter – that character that was always vindictive and bitchy and… oh I’m happy! :)

    Comment by Amy – July 13, 2011 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oh god dont start with umbridge. all that pink and the attitude made me have several dreams about her dying horribly.

      Comment by TJCrinc – July 13, 2011 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh…. i will not enjoy watching her on castle week after week. i am not a fan of hers at all.

    Comment by Alex – July 13, 2011 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome! Always been a huge fan of her on both DS9 and 24.

    Comment by Geoff – July 13, 2011 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting. I could get behind this.

    Comment by Elizabeth – July 13, 2011 03:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Was really hoping for Gina Torres, it would’ve been priceless too watch Castle calling her captain.

    Comment by AJ – July 13, 2011 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • she’s busy with ”suits” on usanet.

      Comment by frosty – July 14, 2011 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oooh, that is going to be fun.

    Comment by raelee514 – July 13, 2011 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanted Reiko Aylesworth. :(

    Comment by Anonymous – July 13, 2011 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To young to play Capt.

      Comment by Gianna – July 13, 2011 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • but you got another 24 vet instead!

      Comment by frosty – July 14, 2011 06:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherry Palmer wasn’t evil! That was just her way! :)

    This is very exciting news. They do need some conflict in the dept.

    Comment by Brian E – July 13, 2011 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The prodigal Ausshole returns. I was a huge Ausshole when you were at TV Guide and EW. But when TVLine was blocked by the firewall where I work I let you slip off my radar. This week I am on vacation with no connection to the web except my Android. I checked out TVLine and it is awesome. I’ll be on the site constantly now. Very cool to see you have Mitovich and Slezak with you.

    Comment by Big D – July 13, 2011 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Penny Johnson will make a great captain on Castle. I loved her as Sherry Palmer and she was even better as Beverly way back on “Larry Sanders”. Good casting.

    Comment by Vince – July 13, 2011 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boring idea. Been done before – too many times. Do we really have to have the antagonistic boss thing again?

    Comment by DeeJ – July 13, 2011 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While I have enjoyed Penny Johnson in many roles in the past (and she will always be Kasidy Yates to me), I think she may be a bit of a mis-cast, especially given what the proposed temperament of the new captain. I do believe PJJ is strong enough to handle most primetime roles, I just think that what is proposed here is atonal to what makes “Castle” successful. Always willing to be proved wrong, but I have a feeling that I will quickly lose interest with “Castle” if the camaraderie of the station house is compromised for more than a couple of episodes. Sorry.

    Comment by Timothy McNeil – July 13, 2011 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yada, yada. How many times have we seen the “tough new boss” theme in cop shows? I really have a bad feeling about Castle. I think the show peaked in the middle of last season and we’re in for a long, painful decline (a la Bones).

    Comment by Tom – July 14, 2011 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am a little worried about doing the whole bad @$$ boss thing and changing the dynamics of this group. The great thing about Castle, its it is not like other cop shows. This is the only “cop” show I have ever enjoyed enough to watch week after week. I tried the Mentalist and as soon as it became predictable, I had a hard time keeping interest. I hope they aren’t doing the same with Castle. They need to continue to break the mold, not fall right into it. These writers have brought us great characters and great plots within their relationships. I want to trust them, but this news worries me…

      Comment by c-dawn – August 26, 2011 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When I saw this headline, I was really hoping it was Nina Myers. I miss Nina Myers…

    Comment by Erin – July 14, 2011 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cannot wait for the premiere after the great Finale last May!! Love the new captain

    Comment by Dana – July 15, 2011 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hated Sherry Palmer on 24 as well, but she we were supposed to hate her, so PJJ was doing a great job. Kasidy Yates was extremely likable and cool. DS9 is very underappreciated. And I was reminded recently how great she was on Larry Sanders when IFC marathoned it. She should make a great addition to Castle which is one of the very best shows on TV.

    Comment by Big D – July 15, 2011 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Her 24 character went from strong and likable to someone you absolutely hate. She is a great actress and the spoilers sound like the Gates character will bring some good dynamics.

    Comment by Jon – July 28, 2011 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely changes the feel. Really DON’T like it. She totally distracts!!!

    Comment by Annie – November 9, 2011 09:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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