Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series)
|Beauty & the Beast|
|Also known as||Beauty and the Beast|
|Based on||Beauty and the Beast
Created by Ron Koslow
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||30 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original run||October 11, 2012– present|
|Related shows||Beauty and the Beast (1987) (1987–1990)|
Beauty & the Beast is an American television series very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name. The series premiered on October 11, 2012. On November 9, 2012, The CW ordered a full 22-episode season of the series.
On April 26, 2013, The CW renewed the series for a full 22-episode second season. The show will move to Mondays for its second season having been paired with Hart of Dixie. The show's second season premiered on October 7, 2013.
Catherine Chandler, a detective, witnesses her mother being shot the same night she is saved from her mother's murderers by a supposed beast. Nine years later, a case leads her to discover that Vincent Keller, an ex-soldier believed to have been killed in action during military service, is actually alive. As Catherine gets to know him, she starts finding out more about her mother's murder and about who (and what) Vincent really is. At the same time, they get to know each other and eventually fall in love with each other.
Cast and characters
- Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler: As a teenager, she witnessed her mother's murder and was saved by a mysterious creature (Vincent). Now currently a detective with the NYPD. By season 2 she is somewhat shocked and heartbroken to discover that Vincent's memories of her are gone, but still believes in the love that the two share.
- Jay Ryan as Vincent Keller: Previously a doctor who later became a soldier that was later part of an experimental unit of soldiers who were subjects in a supersoldier program that was terminated. He is the only known survivor following the termination of members of his unit with extreme prejudice. He has the ability to turn into a creature very human-like in appearance yet with a beastly mind; he turns into the creature whenever he is in pain or anger. After being captured by Muirfield at the end of Season 1, Cat and JT find that his abilities have been altered and his mind has been wiped, unable to recognize or remember either of them, and unknown to them both under the command of Catherine's biological father. Despite having his memories of her erased, his feelings and protective instincts for Catherine faintly remain.
- Max Brown as Dr. Evan Marks (episodes 1–18): Police morgue medical examiner and worked with Catherine. Secretly was working with Muirfield to capture Vincent because he had romantic feelings for Catherine. He was shot to death by Kyle, in episode 18.
- Austin Basis as J.T. Forbes: Vincent's childhood friend, and a teacher at a local university. He has been hiding Vincent from the men who have been hunting him.
- Nina Lisandrello as Tess Vargas: Catherine's partner and friend who later discovers and reluctantly agrees to keep Vincent's secret. She's having a secret affair with her boss, Joe.
- Brian White as Joe Bishop (season 1): Catherine and Tess's former commanding officer. He's cheating on his wife with Tess. Has been let go of his job for being distracted from his job by his vendetta against his brother's killer. Originally credited in a guest role, White was promoted to series regular in the second episode. In the series second season premier it was announced that the character of Joe Bishop lost his job as commanding officer and Brian White's name was removed from the show's credits.
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Gabriel Lowen (episode 15–present): An assistant district attorney who suspects that Catherine is hiding something. Catherine later discovers that he had been experimented on by Muirfield as a child and has a much more violent and uncontrollable Bestial nature than Vincent. By season 2, his Beast side has been killed and he has replaced Joe as the head of Catherine and Tess's precinct
- Nicole Anderson as Heather Chandler: Catherine's younger sister and former roommate.
- Rob Stewart as Thomas Chandler: Catherine and Heather's father. He had recently married Brooke, a woman many years his junior. In the 1st season finale he was murdered after being pushed into oncoming traffic by a disguised Muirfield agent and it was discovered that he was not Catherine's biological father.
- Rachel Skarsten as Brooke Chandler: Catherine and Heather's step-mother.
- Bridget Regan as Alex Salter: Former fiancée of Vincent Keller. She grew up with Vincent and his family and they grew closer—eventually becoming romantically involved. He ran out on her 10 years ago when he became a supersoldier and she recognized him when he snuck into the hospital to visit Catherine. Alex tried to rekindle her old relationship with Vincent, but realizes that he has feelings for Catherine and with Catherine's help goes into hiding from Muirfield.
- Christian Keyes as Darius Bishop: Joe's younger brother. He briefly dated Heather. He was accidentally killed by Vincent; his death causes Joe to launch a manhunt against Vincent.
- Edi Gathegi as Kyle: The man from Muirfield with whom who Evan was secretly working.
- Shantel VanSanten as Tyler: Gabriel's girlfriend and partner in helping with his beastly side.
- Annie Ilonzeh as Beth (season 2)
- Blair Redford as Zach (season 2)
- Amber Skye Noyes as Tori (season 2)
- Paul Johansson as Kurt (season 2)
Development and production
The CW officially began developing the series in September 2011. The project was described as "a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist", unlike the original series which was a romantic drama with mystery and suspense elements. The show is the first project that new president Mark Pedowitz developed when he joined the network.
The network ordered a pilot of the series in January 2012. The pilot of the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada from March 22 to April 2, 2012. It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and was scheduled to premiere during the 2012–13 television season. Filming of the first season continued in Toronto from July 27 and episode 13 is scheduled to be completed on December 21, 2012.
On April 26, 2013, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a 22-episode second season. Season two will premiere on Monday, October 7, 2013. Brad Kern has joined the second season of Beauty & the Beast as co-showrunner and executive producer.
Casting announcements began in February 2012, when Kristin Kreuk was first cast in the lead role of Catherine Chandler (Beauty). Austin Basis was then cast in the role of J.T. Forbes, Vincent's friend who helps him. Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Anderson were then added to the cast, with Lisandrello landing the role of Tess Vargas, Catherine's partner and friend. Anderson signed on to the recurring role of Heather Chandler, Catherine's sister. Jay Ryan joined the series in the second lead role, Vincent Keller (the Beast) (The character was originally called Koslow, though in the original series, Vincent had no last name.) Max Brown signed onto the role of Dr. Evan Marks, a medical examiner who has feelings for Catherine. Brian White was the last actor to sign onto the series. White joined in the role of Joe Bishop, Catherine and Tess' commanding officer at the NYPD, who is romantically involved with Tess. White's character of Joe Bishop was not included in the second season of the series. The story line was that Bishop lost his job because he focused too much attention on finding the killer of his brother instead of performing his duties. White's name was also not featured in the credits during the debut episode of the show.
The series was given a 34 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews from 19 critics. David Hinckley of the New York Daily News said the series was "such a natural it's downright devilish." Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times stated the "girl-power themes will probably play well to the network's core audience." Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly gave the pilot of Beauty & the Beast a C- grade, stating that it lacks the same charm that the 1980s drama had, and that 'The Beast' is more of a Hulk rather than an actual beast. David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle called the series an "overheated, badly written, wretchedly acted and unconvincing drama, which makes mincemeat out of the traditional beauty and the beast fairy tale." Mary McNamara of Los Angeles Times also made similar observations but praised Nina Lisandrello who still remains as the only cast member in the show to ever receive a positive review. About Lisandrello, McNamara wrote "the only point of light is provided by Catherine's partner, Tess, who, as played with great common-sense appeal by Nina Lisandrello, clearly deserves to be on a better show."
|2013||Won||People's Choice Award||Favorite New TV Drama||Beauty & the Beast|
|2013||Nominated||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Beauty & the Beast|
|2013||Nominated||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Kristin Kreuk|
|2014||Pending||People's Choice Award||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show||Beauty & the Beast|
|2014||Pending||People's Choice Award||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Kristin Kreuk|
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||No. of
|1||Thursday 9 p.m.||22||October 11, 2012||2.78||May 16, 2013||1.26||2012–2013||#140||1.78|
|2||Monday 9 p.m.||22||October 7, 2013||0.86||TBA||2013–2014|
The show currently airs on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central following Hart of Dixie. During its first season, the show was broadcast on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central following The Vampire Diaries. For those living in the United States, the show can be streamed on The CW's website; for those in Canada, the show can be streamed on Showcase's website.
|United States||The CW||October 11, 2012||Thursday 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central|
|Canada||Showcase||Season 1:October 11, 2012
Season 2:October 6th, 2013
|Season 1:Thursday 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT
Season 2:Sunday 8pm ET/5pm PT
|Philippines||ETC||October 16, 2012||Tuesday 9:00 p.m.|
|Portugal||TVCine e Séries||October 29, 2012||Monday 9.00 p.m. GMT|
|Sweden||Sjuan||November 1, 2012||Thursday 10.00 p.m.|
|Brazil||Universal Channel (Brazil)||November 12, 2012||Monday 10.00 p.m.|
|Argentina||Universal Channel (Latin America)||November 14, 2012||Wednesday 9.00 p.m.|
|Turkey||Fox Life||November 15, 2012||Friday 8:15 p.m.|
|Bulgaria||Fox||December 6, 2012||Thursday 9.50 p.m.|
|Israel||yes||January 10, 2013||On Demand|
|Greece||FOX||January 15, 2013||Tuesday 9.30 p.m.|
|United Kingdom||Watch||January 16, 2013||Wednesday 9.00 p.m. GMT|
|New Zealand||Prime||January 18, 2013||Friday 9:30 p.m.|
|Norway||TV 2 Bliss||February 24, 2013||Sunday 9:50 p.m.|
|Netherlands||NET 5||February 27, 2013||Wednesday 8:30 p.m.|
|India||Big CBS Love||May 25, 2013||Monday through Thursday 10:00 p.m.|
|Australia||Network Ten||May 22, 2013||Wednesday 9.30 p.m.|
|Italy||Rai Due||May 29, 2013||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.|
|Hungary||Super TV2||June 2, 2013||Sunday 6:30 p.m.|
|Poland||AXN Spin HD||June 24, 2013||Monday 9:00 p.m.|
Home video releases
|Title||Set details||DVD release dates||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Beauty & the Beast: The First Season||
||October 1, 2013||TBA||TBA||
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