ABC is quite generous in sharing the first look at the next episode of its TV series "Castle". The network gives away 11-minute footage of the "Nikki Heat" episode via Hulu. It kicks off with Castle complaining about how his character, Nikki Heat, is portrayed in a movie. He slams the actress and the scriptwriter for not doing good-enough jobs.
Later, he goes to a crime scene to investigate a woman murder with Beckett, Ryan and Esposito. They are joined by a surprise guest Natalie Rhodes, the actress who plays Heat in the movie adaptation. She is doing a "character research" to help transform herself into the spitting image of Beckett.
Laura Prepon ("October Road" "That '70s Show") is tapped to play Rhodes. The other additional cast are Thomas Calabro, Stephen Macht, Melody Thomas Scott, Randall Batinkoff. "Nikki Heat" will air on January 3, 2011.