A look at CASTLE: A couple of clips from the upcoming series.

ABC has offered up a couple of clips from Castle, the new series starring Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Desperate Housewives.

“Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is bored with his own success. Then he learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Castle is questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. Though they instantly clash, sparks of another sort also begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle steps in to help find the killer. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build on their new relationship as they look to solve more strange homicides in New York – as much fun as one can have with death and murder.

Castle is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan), and quick-witted teenage daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn). Also starring in the series are Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.”

I must confess that when I first heard about this, I cringed. But having seen the clips and trailers, I have more than a little hope. Nathon rocks and appears to really own the role.

Castle debuts, on ABC, on March 9th at 8pm CST.

Take a look at a couple of clips, including one with James Patterson and Steven Cannell playing cards with Castle.