Swayze's Beast leads cable pickups

By Tim Surette

Jun 09, 2008

When actor Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago, many feared the worst for the man who once made women swoon as the rebellious heartthrob who just wanted to do some Dirty Dancing. But Swayze will not go down without a fight!

The 55-year-old has been given the go-ahead to return to work by his doctors after responding successfully to cancer treatment, and will star in A&E;'s The Beast, reports Variety.

The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the drama, which will be filmed on location in Chicago and premiere in early 2009. Swayze will star as an FBI agent who does things his own way, often to the chagrin of the department. He'll be partnered up with a greenhorn played by Travis Fimmel (Tarzan), who is tasked with participating in an internal investigation on Swayze's character.

VH1 is also welcoming a new show to its family of reality programming. The onetime music-video channel will be searching for the next big horror-film starlet in Scream Queens, says The Hollywood Reporter. The reality competition will pit 10 unknown actresses against one another for a major role in a future Lionsgate feature film. The first of eight episodes is due this fall.

Finally, Comedy Central is moving forward with one of its projects announced on its development slate in March. The untitled project, starring MADtv's Bobby Lee, has been ordered to pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy will focus on the comedian's experiences growing up as a Korean-American in Southern California. Troy Miller (Flight of the Conchords, Mr. Show) has signed on to direct.

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  • zydon57 Sep 11, 2008

    I am so glad that Swayze is fighting his medical condition and that doctors and studio allowed him to continue with his acting career starring in The Beast. I was one of the lucky ones that received an invitation to see this show commercial free for forty-five minutes, and I was amazed! This show should win all awards as it is the best show I have seen since 24. This is a must see even if you don't like Swayze as the storyline will leave you asking for more. Continue fighting Patrick and good luck

  • bluew679 Jul 26, 2008

    Glad to hear Swazys doing better it was sad news to hear our Dirty Dancing star was ill way to fight Patric

  • fawnsforest Jun 11, 2008

    this is good new for him

  • pgsuperfan Jun 10, 2008

    Both sound cool

  • LAURAMARIE63 Jun 10, 2008

    Premieres in early 2009 - just enough time for it never to make it to the air.

  • steph3099 Jun 10, 2008

    w/e it's never going to replace DIRT! lol....

  • mammalazz Jun 10, 2008

    i am so happy i love swayze

  • kdtfiles Jun 10, 2008

    Glad to hear he is doing so well.

  • chaosrainz Jun 09, 2008

    I hope it's well written because the rogue cop thing is wearing thin at this point.

    I'm glad he's well enough to work though. I wish him well. :)

  • tennisrobe26 Jun 09, 2008

    well i'm happy for him.