Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series)

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Beauty & the Beast
Beauty and the Beast intertitle.png
Also known asBeauty and the Beast
Genre
Based onBeauty and the Beast
Created by Ron Koslow
Developed by
  • Sherri Cooper
  • Jennifer Levin
Starring
Theme music composerMark Isham
Composer(s)
  • Jim Guttridge
  • Sean Hosein
  • Claude Foisy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (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
Location(s)
Cinematography
  • D. Gregor Hagey
  • David A. Makin
  • David Greene
  • Bruce Chun
  • Theo van de Sande
Running time40–42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runOctober 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) – present
Chronology
Related showsBeauty and the Beast
(1987–1990)
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Beauty & the Beast
Beauty and the Beast intertitle.png
Also known asBeauty and the Beast
Genre
Based onBeauty and the Beast
Created by Ron Koslow
Developed by
  • Sherri Cooper
  • Jennifer Levin
Starring
Theme music composerMark Isham
Composer(s)
  • Jim Guttridge
  • Sean Hosein
  • Claude Foisy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (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
Location(s)
Cinematography
  • D. Gregor Hagey
  • David A. Makin
  • David Greene
  • Bruce Chun
  • Theo van de Sande
Running time40–42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runOctober 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) – present
Chronology
Related showsBeauty 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. The show, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, premiered October 11, 2012 on The CW.[1] It was renewed for a third season to air during the 2014–15 television season.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

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 one another and eventually fall in love.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Development[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 new president Mark Pedowitz developed when he joined the network.[9]

Production[edit]

The network ordered a pilot of the series in January 2012.[10] The pilot of the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada from March 22 to April 2, 2012.[11] It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and was scheduled to premiere during the 2012–13 television season.[12] Filming of the first season continued in Toronto from July 27 and episode 13 was completed on December 21, 2012.[13]

On November 9, 2012, a full season was ordered.[14] On April 26, 2013, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a second season.[15] On May 8, 2014, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a third season.[16]

Crew[edit]

WritersDirectors
Sherri Cooper-Landsman, Jennifer Levin, Roger Grant, Blair Singer, Kelly Souders, Brian Wayne Peterson, Brad Kern, 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, Rupa MaggeRick 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, 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.[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]

Reception[edit]

The series was given a 34 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews from 19 critics.[23] 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.[24] 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."[25] 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."[26] 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"[27] and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times, who stated the "girl-power themes will probably play well to the network's core audience."[28]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Awards for Beauty & the Beast
YearResultAwardCategoryRecipients
2012NominatedE! Golden Remote AwardNew Fall Show You're Most Excited ForBeauty & the Beast
2013WonPeople's Choice AwardsFavorite New TV DramaBeauty & the Beast
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-FiBeauty & the Beast
NominatedChoice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-FiKristin Kreuk
NominatedSaturn AwardBest Youth-Oriented Series on TelevisionBeauty & the Beast
2014WonPeople's Choice AwardsFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ShowBeauty & the Beast
WonFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ActressKristin Kreuk
NominatedASC AwardOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television SeriesDavid Greene ("Tough Love")
NominatedLeo AwardsBest Direction in a Dramatic SeriesSteven A. Adelson ("Any Means Possible")
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/FantasyKristin Kreuk
2015PendingPeople's Choice AwardsFavorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ShowBeauty & the Beast
PendingFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ActressKristin Kreuk

Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)No. of
episodes
PremieredEndedTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale viewers
(in millions)
1Thursday 9 p.m.22October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11)2.78[29]May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)1.26[30]2012–2013#1381.78[31]
2Monday 9 p.m.22October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)0.86[32]July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)0.76[33]2013–2014#1711.24[34]

Broadcast[edit]

The show is currently being broadcast 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.[35] 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. On May 8, 2014 TVGN announced it would air a "Mid-Season Catch-Up Marathon" of its second season. The first four episodes were broadcast back to back on May 11, 2014 from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM, ET/PT.[36] This was the first syndication style broadcast of the show in the USA.

CountryNetwork(s)Series premiereTimeslot
 United StatesThe CWOctober 11, 2012Season 1:Thursday 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT
Season 2:Monday 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT
 CanadaShowcase
CTV
Season 1 : October 11, 2012[37]
Season 2 : October 6, 2013[38]
Season 1:Thursday 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT
Season 2:Sunday 8pm ET/5pm PT[39]
 QuebecZtéléSeason 1 : February 10, 2014Monday 10:00 p.m.
 PhilippinesETCOctober 16, 2012Tuesday 9:00 p.m.
 PortugalTVCine e SériesOctober 29, 2012Monday 9.00 p.m. GMT
 SwedenSjuanNovember 1, 2012[40]Thursday 10.00 p.m.
 BrazilUniversal Channel (Brazil)November 12, 2012Monday 10.00 p.m.
 ArgentinaUniversal Channel (Latin America)November 14, 2012Monday 10 p.m.
 Mexico
 Paraguay
 Peru
 TurkeyFox LifeNovember 30, 2012Friday 8:15 p.m.
 BulgariaFoxDecember 6, 2012Thursday 9.50 p.m.
 IsraelyesJanuary 10, 2013Monday 10.45 p.m.
 GreeceFOXSeason 1: January 15, 2013
Season 2: March 7, 2014
Tuesday 9.30 p.m.
Friday 10.20 p.m.
 Cyprus
 United KingdomWatch[41]January 16, 2013[42]Wednesday 9.00 p.m. GMT
 New ZealandPrimeJanuary 18, 2013Season 1: Friday 9:30 p.m.[43]
 NorwayTV 2 BlissFebruary 24, 2013Sunday 9:50 p.m.
 NetherlandsNET 5February 27, 2013Season 1: Wednesday 8:30 p.m.
 South AfricaM-NetMarch 30, 2013Saturday 7:30 p.m.
 IndiaBig CBS LoveMay 25, 2013Monday through Thursday 10:00 p.m.
 SpainCuatroJuly 15, 2013[44]Monday 10:30 p.m.
 AustraliaNetwork TenMay 22, 2013[45]Season 1 episodes 1-3: Wednesday 9.30 p.m.[45]
ElevenJune 18, 2013[46]Season 1 episodes 4-7: Tuesday 8:30 p.m.[46]
July 29, 2013[47]Season 1 episodes 8-21: Monday 9:30 p.m.[47]
October 7, 2013[48]Season 1 episode 22: Monday 10:30 p.m.[48]
Fox8August 12, 2014[49]Season 1:[50] Tuesday 8:30 p.m.
 ItalyRai DueMay 29, 2013Wednesday 9:00 p.m.
 HungarySuper TV2June 2, 2013Sunday 6:30 p.m.
 PolandAXN Spin HDJune 24, 2013Monday 9:00 p.m.
 RomaniaKanal DSeptember 15, 2013One episode with Monday to Thursday, Two episodes with Friday to Sunday 8:00 p.m.
 FranceW9December 22, 2013Sunday 8:45 p.m.
 Germanykabel einsFebruary 7, 2014Season 1 episode 1-16: Friday 9:15 p.m. / 10:15 p.m.
April 3, 2014Season 1 episode 17-22: Saturday 12:10 a.m.[51]
 SlovakiaTV DomaMarch 28, 2014Friday 9:30 p.m.
 PanamaTVMaxJuly 24, 2014Thursday 9 p.m.
 FinlandHeroNovember 27, 2014Thursday 9 p.m.[52]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD release dates for Beauty & the Beast
NameRelease datesEp #Additional information
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete First SeasonOctober 1, 2013[53]March 10, 2014[54]January 7, 2014 (Brazil)[55]
April 23, 2014 (Australia)[56]
22
  • Features:
    • Season in Review: The Beginning
    • Dressing the Beauty
    • Creating the Beast
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Commentary on "Pilot"
The Complete Second SeasonMarch 15, 2015[57]TBATBA22
  • Extra Features: TBA

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