Are the "Other" Cops on Castle and Detroit 1-8-7 Stealing the Spotlight?

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It disappoints me to say this, but the thrill of Castle is gone. Well, not gone. Perhaps “on leave” until Beckett (Stana Katic) gets past the fact that Castle (Nathan Fillion) reconnected with his ex-wife over the summer. In the meantime, the pair is still working together, but without that same undeniable URST between them. So, while we wait out Beckett’s mopey healing period, what else is there to look forward to?

Ladies and gents, it’s all about Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan (Seamus Dever). These two are so much more than “sidekicks” and “buddy cops”—in Monday’s episode, “Under the Gun,” they basically stole the show during the climactic graveyard standoff. Esposito had a humongous gun in tow (how 'bout that symbolism?!) and Ryan rattled off a line about how his “cocky and Hispanic” partner would be the first one killed if they were in a horror movie. Throw in their fantastic chemistry and their potentially interesting backstories—Esposito is single and lovin’ it, Ryan has a steady girlfriend that the group only met last season—and you’ve got a spin-off web series just waiting to happen. (Side note: I actually suggested this to Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever at Comic-Con, and they may have hinted at something like this being in the works.)

And Castle isn’t the only ABC cop show with a supporting cast that rivals the star power of the leads; as much I love Detroit 1-8-7’s Louis Fitch (Michael Imperioli) and Damon Washington (Jon Michael Hill), the first three episodes have served up just enough information about Sgt. Jesse Longford (James McDaniel) and Det. Aman Mahajan (Shaun Majumder) to pique my curiosity: Longford is at the end of his career and looking forward to retiring in Italy, Mahajan is the son of Indian immigrants, and the two share a comfortable chemistry (I especially liked their argument about Coney Island hot dogs in the pilot). And this week, we saw a bit more of the dynamic between Det. John Stone (D.J. Cotrona) and Det. Ariana Sanchez (Natalie Martinez), two hot cops who are proving to be way more than, well, hot cops. Stone has a protective side (when it comes to his partner) and a competitive side (when it comes to Fitch), and Sanchez has a tomboyish sass that gives her an interesting presence at crime scenes. Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to learning more about these folks. Well done, ABC!

What do you think of the "other" cops on Castle and Detroit 1-8-7?

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