Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series)

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Beauty & the Beast
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Also known as Beauty and the Beast
Based on Beauty and the Beast
Created by Ron Koslow
Developed by
  • Sherri Cooper-Landsman
  • Jennifer Levin
Theme music composer Mark Isham
  • Jim Guttridge
  • Sean Hosein
  • Claude Foisy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 57 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Maschio
  • Thom Pretak
  • Roger Grant
  • Kevin Lafferty
  • Mairzee Almas
  • Padraic McKinley
  • Jim Towne
  • Juan Garcia
  • Monty DeGraff
  • Terrell Clegg
  • Robert Ivison
  • Sunny Hodge
  • John Peter Bernardo
  • Fred Peterson
  • Stan Salfas
  • Aaron Rottinghaus
  • 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
Original network The CW
Picture format
Audio format
Original release October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) – present
Related shows Beauty and the Beast
External links
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] On October 13, 2015, it was announced that the upcoming fourth season of Beauty & the Beast would be the final season.[3]


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.

Cast and characters[edit]


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

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

Sherri Cooper-Landsman, executive producer[5]


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.[6]


The network ordered a pilot of the series in January 2012.[7] The pilot of the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada from March 22 to April 2, 2012.[8] It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and was scheduled to premiere during the 2012–13 television season.[9] Filming of the first season continued in Toronto from July 27 and production on the thirteenth episode was completed on December 21, 2012.[10] On November 9, 2012, a full season was ordered.[11]

On April 26, 2013, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a second season.[12] Filming of Beauty & the Beast was split between New York City, NY and Toronto from the second season. On May 8, 2014, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a third season.[13] Filming on season three commenced on August 29, 2014,[14] and ended on February 12, 2015.[15] On February 13, 2015, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season, before the third season began airing.[2] On October 13, 2015, it was announced that the upcoming fourth season would be the final season.[3] Filming of the fourth and final season began on May 29, 2015, and ended on November 17, 2015.[16]



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.


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 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 announcements began in February 2012, when Kristin Kreuk was first cast in the lead role of Catherine Chandler.[17] Austin Basis was then cast in the role of J.T. Forbes, Vincent's best friend.[18] 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.[19] 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).[20] Max Brown signed on for the role of Dr. Evan Marks, a medical examiner who has feelings for Catherine.[21] 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.[22]


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 June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11) September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)


Beauty & the Beast has received negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 20% approval rating with an average rating of 3.2/10 based on 30 reviews for the first season. The website's consensus reads, " A thoroughly middling romantic fantasy series, Beauty and the Beast suffers from a silly premise, mediocre writing, and bland characterization." [23] The series was given a 33 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews from 19 critics.[24] 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.[25] 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."[26] 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."[27] 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"[28] and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times, who stated the "girl-power themes will probably play well to the network's core audience."[29]


Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
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[30] May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16) 1.26[31] 2012–2013 #138 1.78[32]
2 Monday 9 p.m. 22 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) 0.86[33] July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07) 0.76[34] 2013–2014 #171 1.24[35]
3 Thursday 8 p.m. 13 June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11) 0.88[36] 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, the Canadian 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 CSC Award Best Cinematography in a TV Series David A. Makin
Nominated Canadian Screen Award Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Cheryl Dorsey, Peter Emmink, Doug McCullough
("Déjà Vu")


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.[37] The first two seasons have also been released to stream on Netflix in some regions[38] and on iTunes.



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.[39] A second book, Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave All was published afterwards, on March 31, 2015.[40] A third book will be published on May 27, 2016.[41]

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[42] March 10, 2014[43] April 23, 2014[44] 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[45] March 9, 2015[46] April 29, 2015[47] 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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