Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series)

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Beauty & the Beast
Beauty and the Beast intertitle.png
Also known as Beauty and the Beast
Genre
Based on Beauty and the Beast
Created by Ron Koslow
Developed by
  • Sherri Cooper-Landsman
  • Jennifer Levin
Starring
Theme music composer Mark Isham
Composer(s)
  • Jim Guttridge
  • Sean Hosein
  • Claude Foisy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Michael Maschio
  • Thom Pretak
  • Roger Grant
  • Kevin Lafferty
  • Mairzee Almas
Editor(s)
  • Padraic McKinley
  • Jim Towne
  • Juan Garcia
  • Monty DeGraff
  • Terrell Clegg
  • Robert Ivison
  • Sunny Hodge
  • John Peter Bernardo
  • Fred Peterson
  • Stan Salfas
  • Aaron Rottinghaus
Location(s)
Cinematography
  • D. Gregor Hagey
  • David A. Makin
  • David Greene
  • Bruce Chun
  • Theo van de Sande
Running time 40–42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Picture format
Audio format
Original run October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) – present
Chronology
Related shows Beauty and the Beast
(1987–1990)
External links
Website
Production website

Beauty & the Beast is an American television series, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, created by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered October 11, 2012 on The CW.[1] Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan star in the title roles alongside Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Gale Anderson.

On February 13, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, ahead of the season three premiere.[2]

Plot[edit]

Catherine Chandler witnesses her mother being shot the same night she is saved from her mother's murderers by a supposed beast. Nine years later, now working as a detective for the NYPD, 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 one another and eventually fall in love.

Cast and characters[edit]

Cast of Beauty & the Beast
Actor Character Season
1 2 3
Kristin Kreuk Catherine Chandler Main
Jay Ryan Vincent Keller Main
Austin Basis J.T. Forbes Main
Nina Lisandrello Tess Vargas Main
Sendhil Ramamurthy Gabriel Lowen Main
Brian White Joe Bishop Main
Max Brown Evan Marks Main
Amber Skye Noyes Tori Windsor Main
Nicole Gale Anderson Heather Chandler Recurring Main

Main cast[edit]

Kristin Kreuk plays the role of Catherine.
  • Kristin Kreuk as Catherine 'Cat' Chandler: A homicide detective with the NYPD. Nine years before the pilot, she was nearly killed by the men who murdered her mother, but saved by a mysterious beast. In the pilot, she finds out the "beast" is actually Vincent, and keeps his secret to protect him from Muirfield. The two fall in love in Season 1, with Catherine covering his tracks for him. In Season 2, after Vincent is kidnapped and brainwashed into not remembering Catherine, she helps him get his memory back. However, when he chooses to be more prone to violence and being a beast, Catherine breaks up with him and starts a relationship with Gabe. They break up after Vincent decides to regain Catherine's trust by changing for better, and she & Vincent reunite.
Jay Ryan plays the role of Vincent.
  • Jay Ryan as Vincent Keller: A soldier who enlisted in Afghanistan, and was part of an experiment called Operation Muirfield that turned them into super soldiers. Vincent's DNA was mutated and he developed the ability to transform into a creature very human-like in appearance but with a beastly mind; he turns into the creature whenever he is distressed. When the army shut down Muirfield because the subjects were out of control, Vincent survived and went into hiding in New York. In Season 1, he starts to come out of hiding when he falls in love with Catherine, the woman he saved nine years ago and who he has been following ever since. When he's kidnapped and brainwashed in Season 2, he acts more beast-like than human and becomes distant from Catherine, dating Tori Windsor and being sent on mysterious missions to exterminate other Beasts by a mysterious foe. When he starts to become more human after Tori dies, he & Catherine reunite.
  • Austin Basis as J.T. Forbes: Vincent's childhood friend and a professor at a university in New York. He hid Vincent from the men who have been hunting him for a decade out of guilt, as he felt responsible for what happened to Vincent since J.T. was the one that had signed him up for the Muirfield program under the assumption he would be protecting Vincent from the more dangerous warzones by doing so. After having a drunken fling with her in season two, he develops strong feelings for Cat's police partner, Tess, and the two start to date.
  • Nina Lisandrello as Tess Vargas: Catherine's partner and closest friend who eventually discovers and reluctantly agrees to keep Vincent's secret, though eventually she learns to trust and form a friendship with Vincent, if only for Cat's sake. She had an affair with her boss, Joe Bishop, but later begins a relationship with J.T following his departure from her precinct.
  • Nicole Gale Anderson as Heather Chandler (recurring, seasons 1-2; regular, season 3):[3] Catherine's younger sister and former roommate, who moves to Miami to further her career, but later returns to New York engaged to be married. When she first met Vincent she immediately hated him, but near the end of Season 2 Catherine admits, with Vincent's blessing, their secret. At first Heather is angered and horrified by her sister's lover, however she has a change of heart when Vincent willingly risks his life to save hers.
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy as Gabriel 'Gabe' Lowen (seasons 1-2): A former assistant district attorney who came to Catherine's precinct to hunt down Vincent. He was eventually revealed to be a Muirfield experiment, as well, trying to become human. He tries to kill Vincent to save himself, but becomes human when Catherine revives him after he is supposedly shot dead. In Season 2, he tries to make amends because he is falling for Catherine. Catherine starts dating Gabe after she & Vincent break up. When Catherine leaves Gabe to be with Vincent again, Gabe becomes obsessed with getting her back, eventually changing back into a beast to get Vincent away from Catherine. He is killed by Catherine in self-defense.[4][5]
  • Brian White as Joe Bishop (season 1): Catherine and Tess's former commanding officer. He cheated on his wife with Tess. His vendetta against his brother's killer (Vincent, by accident) distracted him from his job and he was fired by the start of season two.
  • Max Brown as Dr. Evan Marks (season 1): Police morgue medical examiner who worked with Catherine and had a flirtatious relationship with her. Evan worked with Muirfield to capture Vincent out of a mixture of fear and jealousy for Catherine; when he realized Muirfield had tricked him, he helped Vincent & Catherine escape, but was killed by Muirfield agents.
  • Amber Skye Noyes as Tori Windsor (season 2):[6] A beast who was actually the daughter of a Muirfield experiment. After Vincent killed her father, she found out she possessed beast abilities, and became attached to Vincent because of this. She tried to form a deeper wedge in the feuding between, and separated Vincent and Cat because of this attraction; Vincent eventually dated Tori for a while. She later lost her life trying to prove herself to Vincent; she died in his arms apologizing, and blessing Vincent's love for Catherine.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Rob Stewart as Thomas Chandler (season 1): Catherine and Heather's father. In season 1, Thomas married Brooke, a woman many years younger than him, causing a rift between him and Catherine. In the first season finale, he was murdered in front of Catherine after being pushed into oncoming traffic by a disguised Muirfield agent, and it was later discovered that he was not Catherine's biological father.
  • Rachel Skarsten as Brooke Chandler (season 1): Thomas' widow and Catherine and Heather's step-mother.
  • Bridget Regan as Alex Salter (season 1): Former fiancée of Vincent Keller. She grew up in New York City with Vincent and J.T. and while working as a nurse in the same hospital Vincent worked in, eventually ended up falling in love with him. They were revealed to have dated for six years. Despite their engagement, Vincent cut off contact with her when he became a supersoldier in an effort to protect her, but Alex recognized him when he sneaked into the hospital to visit a wounded Catherine. Alex tried to rekindle their relationship, but struggled with Vincent's condition and the realisation that he had feelings for Catherine. With Catherine's help, Alex went into hiding from Muirfield.
  • Christian Keyes as Darius Bishop (season 1): Joe Bishop's younger brother. He briefly dated Heather, but was accidentally killed by Vincent; his death caused Joe to launch a manhunt against Vincent.
  • Edi Gathegi as Kyle (season 1): The man from Muirfield with whom Evan was secretly working.[7]
  • Shantel VanSanten as Tyler (season 1): Gabriel's late girlfriend who also helped him deal with his beastly side. She had a deep hatred of Muirfield due to both Gabe's suffering as well as her own unrevealed past with the organization, and was willing to do anything to undo her boyfriend's condition.
  • Ted Whittall as Bob Reynolds (seasons 1-2): An FBI agent running a personal black operation to eliminate Muirfield and the numerous Beasts it produced. At the end of Season 1, he and his team finally kidnap Vincent, wiping his memory and using him as an assassin to hunt down other Beasts. He is also revealed to be Catherine's biological father. While at first the two try to form a relationship, Catherine later shuts him out of her life after she finds out that he was responsible for what happened to Vincent.
  • Elisabeth Röhm as Dana Landon (season 2): Another FBI Agent tracking a series of thefts and murders stretching back into the 1800s, all dealing with a specific jewel, one linked to the murder of her husband Sam and to Catherine's ancestry. Unknown to Landon, the jewel is directly tied to the history of Beasts, leading her further into the mystery surrounding Vincent.
  • Charlotte Arnold as Marissa (season 3): A distraught midwestern woman whose stockbroker husband begins displaying erratic and violent behavior after moving to New York.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
2 22 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)
3 13[8] June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11)[9][10] September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)

Development[edit]

Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper-Landsman promoting the show at Comic-Con

Conception[edit]

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 Mark Pedowitz developed when he joined the network.[11]

Production[edit]

"What's beauty and what's beast? There are both of those things in all of us."

Sherri Cooper-Landsman, executive producer[12]

The network ordered a pilot of the series in January 2012.[13] The pilot of the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada from March 22 to April 2, 2012.[14] It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and was scheduled to premiere during the 2012–13 television season.[15] Filming of the first season continued in Toronto from July 27 and production on the thirteenth episode was completed on December 21, 2012.[16] On November 9, 2012, a full season was ordered.[17]

On April 26, 2013, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a second season.[18] Filming of Beauty & the Beast was moved to New York City, NY from the second season. On May 8, 2014, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a third season.[19] Filming on season three commenced on August 29, 2014,[20] and ended on February 12, 2015.[21] On February 13, 2015, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season, before the third season began airing.[2] Filming of the fourth season will begin on May 29, 2015, and end on November 17, 2015.[22]

Crew[edit]

Producers

Sherri Cooper-Landsman, Jennifer Levin, Ron Koslow, Gary Fleder, Paul Junger Witt, Frank Siracusa, Tony Thomas, John Weber, Bill Haber, C. Anthony Thomas and current showruner Brad Kern have served as executive producers. Roger Grant, Kevin Lafferty, Thom J. Pretak, Mairzee Almas and Michael J. Maschio serve as producers. Other producers on the show include Stuart Gillard, John A. Norris, Holly Henderson, Don Whitehead, Courtney Kemp Agboh, and Eric Tuchman as co-executive producers; Bill Goddard, Blair Singer, and Melissa Glenn as co-producers; Sean Sforza, Julie Lawrence, Kyle MacDonald, and Larry Goldstein as associate producers; Rick Bota as supervising producer; and Jeff Rake, R.R.K. Sinclair, and Rebecca Sinclair as consulting producers.

Writers

Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin serve as executive producers and writers on the series alongside Brad Kern who joined the series as an executive producer beginning with the second season. Writers on the series include: Roger Grant, Blair Singer, Kelly Souders, Brian Wayne Peterson, John A. Norris, Eric Tuchman, Allison Moore, Emily Silver, Wendy Straker Hauser, Holly Henderson, Don Whitehead, Jeff Rake, Brian Studler, Pamela Sue Anton, Melissa Glenn, and Rupa Magge.

Directors

Directors who've worked on the series include: Rick Bota, Stuart Gillard, Steven A. Adelson, Morris Claiborne, Mairzee Almas, Bradley Walsh, Fred Gerber, Kevin Fair, Mike Rohl, Gary Fleder, Paul Fox, P.J. Pesce, Paul A. Kaufman, Scott Peters, Jeff Renfroe, Michael Robison, Lee Rose, Rick Rosenthal, Bobby Roth, Norma Bailey, Grant Harvey, Allan Kroeker, Rich Newey, and Sudz Sutherland.

Casting[edit]

Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan portray the titular beauty and beast

Casting announcements began in February 2012, when Kristin Kreuk was first cast in the lead role of Catherine Chandler.[23] Austin Basis was then cast in the role of J.T. Forbes, Vincent's best friend.[24] Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Gale Anderson were then added to the cast, with Lisandrello landing the role of Tess Vargas, Catherine's partner and best friend. Anderson signed on to the recurring role of Heather Chandler, Catherine's younger sister.[25] Jay Ryan joined the series in the second lead role, Vincent Keller (the character was originally called Vincent Koslow, though in the original series, Vincent had no last name).[26] Max Brown signed on for the role of Dr. Evan Marks, a medical examiner who has feelings for Catherine.[27] 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 becomes 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.[28]

Reception[edit]

The series was given a 33 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews from 19 critics.[29] 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.[30] 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."[31] 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."[32] More mixed but slightly favorable reviews were provided by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, who said the series was "such a natural it's downright devilish"[33] and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times, who stated the "girl-power themes will probably play well to the network's core audience."[34]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
episodes
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday 9 p.m. 22 October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) 2.78[35] May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16) 1.26[36] 2012–2013 #138 1.78[37]
2 Monday 9 p.m. 22 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) 0.86[38] July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07) 0.76[39] 2013–2014 #171 1.24[40]
3 Thursday 8 p.m. 13 June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11)[9] September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03) 2014–2015 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

The show has been honored with acknowledgements from the People's Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Saturn Awards as well as the Leo Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers and the Directors Guild of Canada.

Accolades for Beauty & the Beast
Year Result Award Category Recipients
2012 Nominated E! Golden Remote Award New Fall Show You're Most Excited For Beauty & the Beast
2013 Won People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Beauty & the Beast
Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Beauty & the Beast
Nominated Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Kristin Kreuk
Nominated Saturn Award Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television Beauty & the Beast
2014 Won People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Beauty & the Beast
Won Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Kristin Kreuk
Nominated ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series David Greene
("Tough Love")
Nominated Leo Award Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Steven A. Adelson
("Any Means Possible")
Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Kristin Kreuk
Nominated DGC Craft Award Direction - Television Series Rick Roseenthal
("Partners in Crime")
2015 Won People's Choice Award Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Beauty & the Beast
Won Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Kristin Kreuk
Nominated Canadian Screen Award Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Cheryl Dorsey, Peter Emmink, Doug McCullough
("Déjà Vu")

Broadcast[edit]

TVGN aired the first four episodes of the second season of the show back to back from May 11, 2014. This was the first syndication style broadcast of the show in the United States.[41] The first two seasons have also been released to stream on Netflix in some regions.[42]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot Source(s)
 United States The CW October 11, 2012 Thursdays at 8 pm [43]
 Canada Showcase October 11, 2012 Thursdays at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
 Quebec Ztélé February 10, 2014 Mondays at 10 pm
 Philippines ETC October 16, 2012 Tuesdays at 9 pm
 Portugal TVCine e Séries October 29, 2012 Mondays at 9 pm
 Sweden Sjuan November 1, 2012 Thursdays at 10 pm [44]
 Brazil Universal Channel November 12, 2012 Mondays at 10 pm
 Argentina Universal Channel November 14, 2012 Mondays at 10 pm
 Mexico Universal Channel November 14, 2012 Mondays at 10 pm
 Paraguay Universal Channel November 14, 2012 Mondays at 10 pm
 Peru Universal Channel November 14, 2012 Mondays at 10 pm
 Turkey Fox Life November 30, 2012 Fridays at 8:15 pm
 Bulgaria FOX December 6, 2012 Thursdays at 9:50 pm
 Israel yes January 10, 2013 Mondays at 10:45 pm
 Greece FOX January 15, 2013 Tuesdays at 9:30 pm
 Cyprus FOX January 15, 2013 Tuesdays at 9:30 pm
 United Kingdom Watch January 16, 2013 Wednesdays at 9 pm [45][46]
 New Zealand Prime January 18, 2013 Fridays at 9:30 pm [47]
 Norway TV 2 Bliss February 24, 2013 Sundays at 9:50 pm
 Netherlands NET 5 February 27, 2013 Wednesdays at 8:30 pm
 South Africa M-Net March 10, 2013 Saturdays at 7:30 pm
 India Big CBS Love May 25, 2013 Monday through Thursdays at 10 pm
 Spain Cuatro July 15, 2013 Mondays at 10:30 pm [48]
 Australia Fox8 May 22, 2013 Wednesdays at 9:30 pm [49][50][51][52][53]
 Italy Rai Due May 29, 2013 Wednesdays at 9 pm
 Hungary Super TV2 June 2, 2013 Sundays at 6:30 pm
 Poland AXN Spin HD June 24, 2013 Mondays at 9 pm
 Romania Kanal D September 25, 2013 Friday through Sundays at 8 pm
 France W9 December 22, 2013 Sundays at 8:45 pm
 Germany kabel eins February 7, 2014 Saturdays at 12:10 am [54]
 Slovakia TV Doma March 28, 2014 Fridays at 9:30 pm
 Panama TV Max July 24, 2014 Thursdays at 9 pm
 Finland Hero November 27, 2014 Thursdays at 9 pm [55]

Tie-ins[edit]

Novels[edit]

A series of tie-in novels, written by Nancy Holder and published through Titan Books, have been released. The first of the series, Beauty & the Beast: Vendetta was published on November 25, 2014.[56] A second book, Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave All was published afterwards, on March 31, 2015.[57] A third book will be published on August 25, 2015.[58]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD release dates for Beauty & the Beast
Name Release dates Ep # Additional information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The First Season October 1, 2013[59] March 10, 2014[60] April 23, 2014[61] 22
  • Features
    • Season in Review: The Beginning
    • Dressing the Beauty
    • Creating the Beast
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Commentary on "Pilot"
The Second Season May 19, 2015[62] March 9, 2015[63] April 29, 2015[64] 22
  • Features
    • Season in Review: The Beast is Back
    • From Script to Screen: Creating an Episode
    • Set Tour: The Gentleman's Club
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel

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