Today’s cuppa: Irish afternoon tea
Castle-Nathan-Fillion-Stana-Katic.jpgRecently, Adam Baldwin made a guest appearance on “Castle,” the hit ABC drama starring his former “Firefly” co-star Nathan Fillion (click here for my Zap2it story about the episode).

Not long before that, HCTV reached out to Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), an acquaintance of Baldwin’s and a “Castle” fan, for his thoughts on the show — click here for that — which airs its season finale on Monday, May 7.

Since McCotter is a recurring guest on Fox News’ latenight political/comedy roundtable “RedEye W/Greg Gutfeld,” and Baldwin is well acquainted with the “RedEye” crew, all this “Castle” talk got me thinking crossover.

Fillion’s character, successful mystery novelist Rick Castle, lives in New York City, and “RedEye” shoots in Manhattan, so, I thought, perhaps Castle would go on the show as a guest panelist, along with his partner, NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), inspiration for his fictional character, Nikki Heat.

On that same panel, of course, would be McCotter and Baldwin (who would look suspiciously like this rogue detective that Castle worked with on a case the year before) and perhaps some other folks, one of whom would naturally have to die in a suspicious manner.

Castle-Adam-Baldwin.jpgSince “Castle” actually shoots in Los Angeles, the “RedEye” set might have to be recreated on a soundstage — frankly, it’s not that elaborate, so it wouldn’t cost a bundle — and maybe some “RedEye” West Coast regulars would have to substitute for New Yorkers Bill Schulz (Gutfeld’s sidekick) and Andy Levy (host of the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments).

But Gutfeld himself is irreplaceable, so he’s a must.

Asked about the idea, Baldwin said, “I like it. You’re going to have to figure out a way to coordinate between the networks, but that’s above my pay grade. I’d love to see it. That’d be terrific. I’d be playing me on ‘RedEye.’ Thad would be himself.

“Could we talk about music on the show? I know Gutfeld’s a big fan of music, rock ‘n’ roll and stuff. I know McCotter is. Just steer clear of the politics. Who gets killed on the show is the question.”

Baldwin volunteered Los Angeles-based comedian, political commentator, recurring “RedEye” guest and mad Twitterer Stephen Kruiser.

“Kruiser dies,” said Baldwin. “He would go for that. Kruiser would accept being killed on the show.”

As to who would sit on the end, in the show’s infamous “leg chair,” Baldwin replied without Thaddeus-McCotter-RedWings.jpghesitation, “Stana Katic. And Beckett and Andy Levy fall in love.”

Emailed for comment, McCotter — a guitarist who has his own bipartisan Capitol Hill band, the Second Amendments — spun the idea out even a little further, writing: “Do it like ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’ Except for Castle, who is a last minute fill-in for another author (who is clearly the first suspect), Kruiser is everybody’s agent — Gutfeld, Levy (character), Schulz (character, who should be a woman cast member who sits in the Leg Chair and is suing Kruiser for sexual harassment), Baldwin and me (an aging rocker in the band Love Nest Monster, who is trying to make a comeback after going bald and outgrowing his spandex).

“In the end, they all killed Kruiser, just like Hollywood would love to do to every agent.”

Well, that’s our ideas. The ball is now in series creator Andrew W. Marlowe’s court. He will either run with the “RedEye” ball or turn out all the lights on set and pretend not to be home. Either way, it’s all in good fun.

Tune in next season …

Posted by:Kate O'Hare