I’m sure that most of us remember the Beauty & the Beast TV series from 1987, the action-romance series where our hare-lipped hero hides in the shadows while potecting everyone’s favorite Terminator gal. Well, it seems that the CW is jumping on the retro-revival bandwagon. They are pumping out a new version of this beloved classic this coming October. Based on the photos and trailers, this looks like it’ll be at least as much Twilight as Beauty & the Beast, they couldn’t even be bothered to give the guy some beastial makeup. It’s possible that this will be a fantastic show, but there’s just something inherantly wrong when the titular “beast” is a total pretty-boy. Still, the preview clip does show him fighting savagely in the shadows, so perhaps he transforms, werewolf-fashion. *shrug* We’ll just have to wait and see.
Personally, I don’t have high hopes for this series. It has mighty big shoes to fill (do beasts even wear shoes?), and it appears to be making the attempt in the most glittery vampire way possible. Still, I do plan to check it out and see if it’s worth watching.
It will premiere on October 11th, at 9PM EST, on the CW. It will also air on Showcase in Canada and Network Ten in Australia, although I don’t know what times.
Here is a preview of the upcoming series:
…And here’s a refresher clip of the original series: