What I think I know about Castle: Castle is a show starring Nathan Fillion in which he might play a private eye and he has a sort of love interest. Two of my friends watch this show, but were unable to tell me why they watched it. I remember Castle was constantly being shuffled around on ABC, at one point even airing on Saturday nights.
What Castle is actually about (from Wikipedia): Castle follows Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who has killed off his main character in his book series and has writer’s block. He is brought in by the NYPD for questioning regarding a copy-cat murder based on one of his novels. He is intrigued by this new window into crime and murder, and uses his connections to charm his way into shadowing the captivating Detective Kate Beckett, who later warms up and recognizes Castle as a useful resource in her team’s investigations.
My reaction: Huh.
Why it’s popular: I have a theory that old people, who seem to watch a ton of TV, are prone to losing their remotes, so they just turn on their TV, which is already on CBS, then fall into their easy chairs and watch the shit out of CBS, unable to change the channel because they’re too damn old.
It’s a pretty sound theory, the only problem is that it doesn’t explain Castle’s success because Castle is on ABC. I don’t know why Castle is popular.
What Once Upon A Time is actually about (from Wikipedia): The story is set in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine. The town is populated by characters from fairy tales, who have been exiled to the real world due to a curse cast by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) as part of a revenge plot against Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). Because of the curse, the inhabitants of Storybrooke have no memory of their true identities and have been stuck timelessly in Storybrooke for years.
My reaction: Ok. I was sort of right. It’s a show that sounds like Desperate Housewives if Desperate Housewives had fairy-tale characters.
Why it is popular: It’s popular because this premise is very attention getting, and sounds pretty interesting. Also, the show has only been on for two months, so the novelty factor of such a premise could keep the show going for at least a season before people start to lose interest.