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Beauty and the Beast at TCAs: The "Beastliness" Is On the Inside


Guys, Beauty and the Beast is the new show that will be airing on The CW this fall following The Vampire Diaries. It's theoretically based on the old '80s show that starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman as interspecies (?) crime-fighting pals, but you may not know that from watching it. Whereas the original Vincent was some kind of lion-esque subspecies of hobo, the new Vincent is the unfortunate recipient of animal DNA via military testing, with some residual split-personality issues. He has a scar on his face. Great body though.

Star Jay Ryan explains: "He's actually more like Jekyll & Hyde. The beast side is more like a serial killer. You don't see much of that in the pilot, but you will later." Executive Producer Jennifer Levin concurs: "It's more a beastliness on the inside." When reminded that this beast also fights bad guys and thus he's good on the inside as well, Executive Producer Sherri Cooper clarifies: "He's a super soldier gone bad... He's gonna become beastlier, and story-wise we're going to explore why. He is going to get worse."

Star Kristin Kreuk's Catherine will have a similar moxie to Linda Hamilton's original district attorney heroine, but with a slightly more tragic back story: "I think after she sees her mom getting killed in front her her, she becomes committed to never seeing that happen again." Despite that underlying heaviness, Kreuk seems genuinely upbeat about getting to be a bit more physical than Lana Lang. "I don't often get that kind of role, although I do get to do that periodically, which is fun for me."

If you're wondering how exactly this show came to nab a coveted spot on the limited CW lineup, here's the official explanation. Says Cooper: "We had the rights to the '80s show, we were told this would be a reboot, a re-imagining. That's why we named them Catherine and Vincent." Asked why the property will be so different from the original, Cooper elaborates: "We love the '80s show but felt like we didn't want to copy that. We wanted Catherine to be somebody who'd be saved by Vincent but could also save him. We wanted to understand why Vincent was a beast. For some reason we just really wanted to understand how Vincent came to be. The great thing The CW told us is, we didn't have to be beholden to anything. We also talked a lot about 9/11 and how that affected our generation."

As for what a potential first season looks like, Executive Producer Brian Peterson teases: "We want the show to be very fast-moving. We'll answer questions immediately." Adds Levin: "There definitely will be more villains coming up. We've talked about other beasts. A female beast."

When asked whether centering a show on a romance in which the male character is literally dangerous to the heroine could constitute a blase attitude toward domestic violence, Cooper is quick to clarify: "We're very aware of that line. I guess there is this moral code underneath it and we're careful not to cross it. We don't want to put that [idea] out there for women whatsoever. There's that fine line, he's got that baggage. He's not attacking her."


Beauty & The Beast premieres Thursday, October 11 at 9pm on The CW.

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Oh, no! He has a scar on his cheek. How hideous! /Sarcasm

Sigh... This is so ridiculous.
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Wow just the idea of this show makes me want to rip someones face completely off... I've got a unhealthy dislike for Kristine Kreuk and I'm not even all that sure where it all comes from. That being said I might have given this show something more then a side eye if the CW had flipped it up a bit and made the female charicter the actual 'Beast' (A play on a female shifter of some kind... which in my opinion is LONG overdue). But as it is it just looks like the same old drawn out beauty and the beast storyline that will actually pain me everytime I catch a commercial... -sigh- Oh well.
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If the guy actually looked more like a beast, I think it would have made it 50% better (well, for me anyway). Heck, the guy from Beastly looked more, well, Beastly, than this guy (and I didn't even think he looked all that much like a beast in the first place).
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How can they actually believe that this remake of beauty and the beast will stay on the air??? ITS HORRIBLE!!!! It has nothing to do with the original Beauty and the Beast. Why do they think they need to make Vincent look like a demonic creep in this NEW Crappy version? They have no "Father" no "Secret Underworld" and they have nothing of the deep romantic connection of Vincent and Catherine that the Real and Original 80's Beauty and the Beast did! CW you could have made this remake great but you screwed it up bad!!!

Thanks but i'll stick with my REAL Beauty and the Beast TV show from the 80's with Linda Hamliton and Ron Pearlman on DVD.
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"When asked whether centering a show on a romance in which the male character is literally dangerous to the heroine"





HELLO. Have they SEEN any episodes of TVD, like, ever???
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Sorry you had to sit through this TCA presentation, Price. Nothing worse than having to sit through something you know is going to be awful and canceled quickly, right?
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if i said it once before I'll say it again. I was 3 when the original BATB came out and theres no way the CW could pay me anything to watch this shitty looking remake! I will always prefer Ron Perlmans "Vincent" to anyone elses
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It got picked up because Kristin Kreuk has blackmail material on every CW executive. That's how she stayed on Smallville so long, long after her character's expiration date. That, and Gough & Millar had an unrequited crush on Kreuk. They should have bought her flowers: it would have been cheaper then building a TV show as a shrine to her.
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Still can't believe they chose this crap over The Secret Circle.
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Nooooooo! Not K. Kreuk! She's even worse than K. Stewart! Actually... she probably isn't... but Nooooo!
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I saw the pilot at Comic-Con and I was very surprised that I kind of enjoyed it (I don't think I'm the target demo). If they make the show somewhat action oriented it could fun discovering what The Beast can do and possibly dealing with other genetically altered characters. I guess I secretly want this to turn into something like Dark Angel.
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Honey, none of us are the target demo, yet here we are anyway. Full grown adults watching teen shows and spending all weekend ranting about them on the interwebs. It's what we do.
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PREACH



As a 34 year old man I constantly hide in shame for my Gossip Girl watching habit.
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Well I won't be watching this, but I still love Kristin Kreuk from Smallville, so I wish her all the best.

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In the old one, I couldn't tell which was the Beauty. In the new one, I can't tell which is the Beast.
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Sight unseen, I hate it.
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It sounds like this is really a remake of Jekyll. The original B&tB dealt more with Vincent trying to figure out if he was really human.

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This show looks like complete balls! Go figure The CW would pick it up.
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if u don't like the CW then don't comment



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When the CW is remaking a show that doesn't need to be remade it kind of is the CW's fault!
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lol this sounds utterly dreadful
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This superhot dude with a stylish scar is the 'beast'? Completely lame....
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It's the CW. Do they hire ugly people? Even parental figures are abnormally attractive. LOL
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