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Castle has elected a new mayor.

Damages‘ Derek Webster is taking over the role of Robert Weldon, the show’s (fictional) New York City Mayor, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

He replaces General Hospital grad Joseph C. Phillips, who previously played the Big Apple’s top politico in two Season 1 episodes.

The role will be beefed up considerably under Webster (who also starred in the short-lived Fox drama Mental). For starters, producers are mining the character’s pivotal backstory — namely his longstanding friendship with Castle (Nathan Fillion) — in a major way.

As you know, it was Weldon’s political clout that allowed Castle to partner up with Beckett in the first place. But when a woman is found dead in a car that traces back to the Mayor’s motor pool, that partnership comes under fire as the scandal surrounding the investigation threatens to bring down Weldon’s administration.

Webster’s term in office is slated to begin in early ’12.

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37 Comments
  1. Mikaylah says:

    I liked the old mayor! He seemed a little older, and prestigious.

    • Kvivik says:

      I agree. This is a stupid recast. Nathan and Joseph had great chemistry.
      I’m also gonna call out the writers on not having a poker game on yet this season.

      • Lillyg says:

        I also thought I missed the poker game :/

      • Matt says:

        I wonder if the lack of poker has to do with the timeframe of when they were shooting, and their decision that Stephen J. Cannell’s seat at the table wouldn’t have anyone in it for a year after he died.

        It might just be that it hasn’t fit into the flow of the episodes thus far, but they seemed pretty serious about not filling that seat on the Extras of Season 3.

  2. raelee514 says:

    Why did they need to recast? Was Joseph C. Phillips unavailable? Because I love him, he’s a great actor and always has captured my interest from Cosby Show to General Hospital. Disappointed by this.

    • MelindaB says:

      Yeah, I have liked Joseph C. Phillips since The Cosby Show, too. I think that he would have done well with whatever storyline they have in mind for the mayor. I don’t have a problem with Webster, but I don’t like it when a role is randomly recast.

  3. Joe says:

    As long as Jack Bauer shows up soon to shoot the captain.

  4. Sara says:

    Small moment of panic when I saw the name Webster…thought they were bringing back Josh. No offense to Victor Webster. I’m good now!

  5. Gretchen says:

    Can they get a new Captain? It’s so jarring with a woman called “Sir.” You’re a woman, deal with it.

    • raelee514 says:

      Nothing wrong with a woman being called Sir, I’ve seen it a lot in other shows, I think it happens. ‘Sir’ doesn’t have to mean ‘man’ it can just be a term of respect for a authority figure.

      • Gretchen says:

        A woman is “ma’am.” It irks me because it makes it seem that for a woman to be an authority figure, the words used for a man must be used. That’s demeaning to women, IMO.

        • CC says:

          Seems more demeaning to tell a woman that HER personal preference regarding how she is addressed is wrong.

          • Gretchen says:

            Not really. The only reason she prefers “sir” is because “ma’am” doesn’t carry the weight of it. She’s just feeding into that mindset.

          • Sophie says:

            I completely agree with CC! Her personal preference has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the character is a total bitch. Do I think that Gates really prefers sir over ma’am because she feels more like a sir? No, I don’t. But I think that Gretchen’s generalization that “women are addressed as ma’am” is even more demeaning than sir having more authority. Let’s leave gender identity out of this, yeah?

        • Holly says:

          I concur with Gretchen.

        • Lee says:

          I think you are absolutely right, I couldn’t have put it better!

      • Paige says:

        It is absolutely ridiculous to call a woman “sir.” It DOES mean man. Just like “ma’am” means woman. It makes it seem like she thinks it’s demeaning to be a woman and that people will only listen to her if they address her like a man. Every time she’s called sir, I find it jarring and annoying, and it makes me dislike her more.

  6. Sarah says:

    Hmm they have had two actors from the American version of the Killing, and now an episode where the victim is found in a car from the mayor’s motor pool? Sound familiar anyone?

    • Riley says:

      I was just about to mention this.

      Also, I think it has to be the mayor who is behind the murder of Beckett’s mother. Maybe that’s why they needed to change actor, because he’s going to be in a lot more episodes to deal with that and the former actor wasn’t available.

      • William says:

        Riley:

        If you paid attention during the season premiere, you would have gotten that the guy who ordered the hit on Beckett’s mom works in the Congressional Offices somewhere, which means we’re talking either a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator or a high ranking aide to someone in that office.

        Also, the last episode of last season revealed that Montgomery was a rookie when he was involved. That would pretty much rule out the current NYC mayor, who would likely be roughly the same age as Castle, for previously stated reasons.

  7. Charm says:

    This sounds just awful, they have already written a horrible story line with the new captain “sir” (hate her). It messes with the team dynamic and the relationship between Beckett and Castle; and now they want to screw with this further. New mayor, new foolish drama. Might as well just send Castle home to write another book. I want the fun back in the show. If they’re going to bring in a Mayor that’s gonna mess with the team the get rid of SIR fast.

  8. Audrey says:

    Mining Castle’s backstory? Shaking up Beckett and Castle’s partnership?I’m game!! Anything to move Caskett forward!

  9. prp says:

    I realize changes are inevitable, but first the “hard nose” Chief, demanding to be called sir, now the Mayor falls victim. Can we just get back to a good crime/comedy/drama, with a slap/tickle!? Enough!

  10. castle fan says:

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it was D.B. Woodside, not Webster. I never realized they resembled each other so much. Webster’s a fine actor, but I agree, Phillips suited the role. He has the gravitas to pull it off. I’ll be interested to see how the switch, and the story arc, does.

    I’ve been a fan of Penny Johnson’s since she was in the TV series, “The Paper Chase”. I loved her in Star Trek: Deep Space 9. In “Castle”, not so much. However, her being called “Sir” doesn’t bother me. It’s not uncommon in military and para-military organizations like the PD and the Fire Departments, for female officers to be called “Sir”.

  11. leo says:

    Think of the fun that could be had if Castle introduced Beckett into the writers card game. Remember, the dealer used to be a woman, and think of the vetting process, they, the writers still consider Beckett a distraction. That process could make both C&B break a sweat, those guys have no mercy.

    • leo says:

      Hey, leave the Captain alone, her total disregard for Castles’ abilities and the imaginative ways she rips into him is hilarious and a highlight of each episode. That will change soon enough,but for now it is great fun.

  12. sally says:

    maybe the casting of the new mayor is the beginning of the storyline for ending the series—-maybe the new mayor doesn’t want castle working with beckett and sacks him, and so the series ends—i have read this is the last series and I suppose they have to find a way to do it—-I don’t understand why they are ending it, I just love it

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