Castle Exclusive: Yancey Arias Books Season 6 Arc as Elite Crimefighter

Castle Season 6 Yancey AriasABC’s Castle continues to fortify its ranks for a rousing Season 6 launch.

TVLine has learned exclusively that TV vet Yancey Arias has been cast as Carl Villante, the head of an elite investigative unit who clashes with both Beckett and Castle during the working of a high-stakes case.

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Arias will appear in the first two episodes of Season 6, which premieres Monday, Sept. 23 at 10/9c.

Earlier this month, House alum Lisa Edelstein booked a multi-episode arc as Rachel McCord, a tough and highly skilled Federal Investigator who plays a vital role in Beckett’s decisions about her future.

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Arias, after cut his teeth on One Life to Live back in the day, has since guested or costarred on series such as Charmed, Kingpin, The Division, Thief, NBC’s short-lived Knight Rider reboot and Revenge (playing Senator Tom Kingsly).

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  1. Andy says:

    Matt, any new news in regards to Nathan’s contract dispute? Do you think all of this could affect a possible 7th season?

  2. Guest says:

    Nice try ABC, but we’d rather go back to talking about real reason for the fight between you and Nathan.

  3. Shawn says:

    WOW! This all sounds great!!! I also love that it states he’ll clash with Castle and Beckett… so it seems Caskett are still a crime-fighting duo! All of these spoilers and casting news sound so great!!! I can’t wait! Is it September yet??! I love this show!

  4. John says:

    If they are working together in DC in the “Super secret group” AG, etc, that suspend of disbelief will be too big, I think, even for Castle.

    • Tam says:

      Yeah like the season 3 or 4 two parters werent hard to believe. As long as its written well, it wont matter much like it hasnt in the past much with Castle.

      • luzmelain says:

        That’s presuming you think the S3 and S4 two parters were well written. Which is clearly variant mileage cause S3, while having some great shipper moments, was utterly ludicrous. And S4 just flat-out sucked.

        • Tam says:

          I do agree s4 two parter was very weak but i find it enjoyable for what it was. S3 two parter was great imo. Castle also often deals with fantastical creatures like zombies, vampires, bigfoot etc which can also be considered a stretch. Its all reasoned out in the end but it makes for a fun show. Well at least for me.

    • D-fm says:

      Castle is about a civilian tagging along with the police. Like that doesnt call for suspension of disbelief. Having said that, im a fan of the show and i enjoy it a lot so i can do a little suspension of disbelief.

  5. lariet50 says:

    I like him. Very hot and intense.

  6. leftword says:

    So my guess is that Beckett finds it hard to work under Villante’s rigidity and rules. She finds a kinship with Rachel McCord who gives her a glimpse of what her life would be like in a few years if she continues to follow the same path that McCord chose, what sacrifices she has made personally and professionally, and decides this gig isn’t for her after all.

  7. So when will Jack Coleman be back?

    • Badpenny says:

      Probably not until he shoots Castle and Beckett decides she need revenge, again. :)

    • Tam says:

      Oohh i hope he does come back some time in season six. It would be so interesting to see how he’ll react if/when he finds that Kate has nothing on him. And i just want him takennnn down badly too lol

      • Badpenny says:

        I’m still waiting for Castle’s assassin father to kill the Senator and put the whole story out of its misery. We’re going into season 6 now. Beckett’s mother’s killer has been dragged on too long now, IMO. Even Grey’s doesn’t drag stories out this long. :)

        • Tam says:

          Well you atleast it hasnt reached the drag level of the Pelant storyline on Bones…but yeah i think Beckett needs closure on this case and at last be free of that big demon of her past. I dont agree with the way you suggest though, but who knows it could be good lol

          • Mary says:

            Even worse than Pelant, IMO, is the Red John in The Mentalist…5 seasons gone and nowhere near to find who he is!
            At least in Castle we know who killed Beckett’s mother, who ordered it and why…getting closure is another thing.

        • scooby says:

          I would argue the arc would be better judged after we see the outcome of all of it. It could wrap up well or they could pull a Mulder’s sister thing where the search was handled better than the result on the X Files. How has it been dragged on too long here? Don’t look at this as over how many seasons it’s run. Most of the episodes don’t deal with the murder, it only seems that way to you because they do it at key moments like finales or sweeps. It also made Beckett who she was at such an intimate level, creating a wall, that it impacts the Caskett storyline which permeates the show, but they don’t constantly go back to the murder as a storyline driving the episode. It was hard to not go into the Beckett shooting & PTSD as a storyline for her character but that was the kind of thing that might happen on a cop show. I bet if we totaled the actual Beckett’s mother plot driven episodes it would be a smaller percentage than you’d guess. The timeframe isn’t unrealistic. Cold cases can take years to investigate. Sometimes decades. They’ve actually done pretty well and taken a lot of breaks. 5 seasons and 4 years of show and they’re going at a pretty decent clip for both series mythology and will they/won’t they development compared to the X Files and Bones. I’d like something for Castle himself besides procedural investigation (which he already does), work with Dad (which is hard to do since James Brolin won’t be there enough to pull it off), bringing in the FBI (which is stretching plausibility a bit already unless Beckett’s working for the feds), or 3XK who you don’t wanna overdo or it dilutes his storyline. It’s easier to use the Beckett thing to create plot or relationship drama, that’s the thing. I get the frustration, I just don’t know what they can do–give us witty case of the week eps with little long term implications? People grumble about that too.

          • Badpenny says:

            The time frame doesn’t need to be “realistic.” Castle and Beckett have solved a hundred murders in just a few days, while realistically it can take police detectives weeks, or even months, to bring charges on someone even when they know they’re guilty. Realistically it can take a week or two to get a DNA sample back, or even a simple blood toxicology report on a deceased. They only rush these things if you’re famous.
            I’m not trying to disagree with your points. I’m simply saying that realism has no place in a show like Castle. I mean we’re talking about a show where a large percentage of the suspects are vampires, zombies, demons, mythical creates, evil spirits, etc. The show is not centered on realism, so you shouldn’t try to use that as a basic for your statement.
            Even if only 2 or 3 episodes a year are somehow touching upon Mrs. Beckett’s murder in some manner it’s a substantial number when stretched over 5 season, and now going into 6. The story line doesn’t serve any purpose any more. The mystery has been solved. All that’s left is the punishment.

      • He makes any show better, why would you want his character dead? ;)

  8. Tam says:

    Yes plz thank you for some exciting scoop finally. There has been too much drama in the Castle fandom the past few days. We cant know the whole behind the scenes stories so its better to not put any judgements on them. I, as a fan, just want to enjoy the show that i love without the drama. Im not worried about renewal chances for next yr, i just want to enjoy season six first.
    This scoop sure is interesting. ;) Looking forward to see how it unfolds.

    • Momo says:

      THANK YOU! You just said exactly how I feel. I’m so glad there is someone else out there that just wants to watch and enjoy without worrying about every little thing or nitpicking. I just want to see how everything turns out, and I’m definitely not worried about season 7 when 6 hasn’t even started yet.

  9. Douglas Hillyer says:

    Lets close out all the old cases on bones and castle then move on to new cases.also with the mentalist too.

  10. Andrea Aynsley says:

    Well aren’t we glad at least these new “DC” characters are not love or potential love interests for Beckett or Castle (based on their appearances so far)…That misleading interview were Lisa was a 30 something detective when in fact she’s a 40 something federal agent…and this Matt guy which is slated to be recurring…indicated potential love interest or something..doesn’t look to be…

    Yeah why the sudden release of this to distract us from the NF saga? Since people told us something that had happened, they should also tell us the resolution..if not what’s the point

  11. luli says:

    Who did he play on charmed?!

  12. Carl Nesbitt says:

    Personally I think Season 5 should have ended with Castle saving Beckett and she finally admitted she loved him. This left a huge opportunity for both to expand their roles as a couple and as partners. There romance would have gone the gambit and the right moment for Castle to ask Beckett to marry him would have had a natural flow in the story line. When you added the Feds and a chance for her to move on you took the first step in breaking up the chemistry of the entire cast and now you’ve got yourself into a deep hole you will have a hard time getting out of. With Season 6 approaching and you adding two meaningless characters instead of coming up with some “hang on to your hat” episodes for the cast to solve something along the lines of the old show “Columbo” which I think set the bar pretty high even for todays hi tech shows. The story line is going in the wrong direction and as they say ” If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.