Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series)

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Beauty & the Beast
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Also known asBeauty and the Beast
Genre
Based on Beauty and the Beast
by Ron Koslow
Developed by
  • Sherri Cooper-Landsman
  • Jennifer Levin
Starring
Theme music composer Mark Isham
Composers
  • Jim Guttridge
  • Sean Hosein
  • Claude Foisy
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Michael Maschio
  • Thom Pretak
  • Roger Grant
  • Kevin Lafferty
  • Mairzee Almas
Production locations
Cinematography
  • D. Gregor Hagey
  • David A. Makin
  • David Greene
  • Bruce Chun
  • Theo van de Sande
Editors
  • Padraic McKinley
  • Jim Towne
  • Juan Garcia
  • Monty DeGraff
  • Terrell Clegg
  • Robert Ivison
  • Sunny Hodge
  • John Peter Bernardo
  • Fred Peterson
  • Stan Salfas
  • Aaron Rottinghaus
Running time40–42 minutes
Production companies
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network The CW
Picture format
Audio format
Original releaseOctober 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) 
September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website
Production website

Beauty & the Beast is a Canadian-American science fiction police procedural television series filmed in Toronto, Canada, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, developed by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered on The CW on October 11, 2012, and ended its run on September 15, 2016. [1] Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan star in the title roles alongside Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Gale Anderson, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Max Brown, Brian J. White, Amber Skye Noyes and Michael Roark.

Contents

Plot

Catherine Chandler witnessed her mother's murder and was almost killed herself until someone—or something—saved her. After nine years, now working as a detective for the NYPD, a case leads her to Vincent Keller, an ex-soldier believed to have been killed in action during military service, who is actually alive. As Catherine comes to know him, she finds out more about her mother's murder and about who—and what—Vincent really is.

Cast and characters

Development

Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper-Landsman promoting the show at Comic-Con Sherri Cooper & Jennifer Levin.jpg
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 [2]

Conception

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. [3]

Production

The network ordered a pilot of the series in January 2012. [4] The pilot of the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada from March 22 to April 2, 2012. [5] It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and was scheduled to premiere during the 2012–13 television season. [6] Filming of the first season continued in Toronto from July 27 and production on the thirteenth episode was completed on December 21, 2012. [7] On November 9, 2012, a full season was ordered. [8] On April 26, 2013, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a second season. [9] 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. [10] Filming on season three commenced on August 29, 2014, [11] and ended on February 12, 2015. [12] On February 13, 2015, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season, before the third season began airing. [13] On October 13, 2015, it was announced that the upcoming fourth season would be its last. [14] Filming of the fourth and final season began on May 29, 2015 and ended on November 17, 2015. [15] The final season premiered on June 2, 2016, before concluding on September 15, 2016. [16]

Casting

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]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 22October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11)May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
2 22October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)
3 13June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11)September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)
4 13June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15)

Reception

Beauty & the Beast has received negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 21% approval rating with an average rating of 3.4/10 based on 33 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 the 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]

Ratings

SeasonTimeslot (ET)No. of
episodes
PremieredEndedTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday 9 p.m.22October 11, 20122.78 [30] May 16, 20131.26 [31] 2012–2013 #1381.78 [32]
2 Monday 9 p.m.22October 7, 20130.86 [33] July 7, 20140.76 [34] 2013–2014 #1711.24 [35]
3 Thursday 8 p.m.13June 11, 20150.88 [36] September 10, 20150.76 [37] 2014–2015 N/AN/A
4 Thursday 9 p.m.13June 2, 20160.83 [38] September 15, 20160.70 [39] 2015–2016 N/AN/A

Awards and nominations

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
YearResultAwardCategoryRecipients
2012Nominated E! Golden Remote AwardNew Fall Show You're Most Excited ForBeauty & the Beast
2013Won People's Choice Award Favorite New TV DramaBeauty & 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 TelevisionBeauty & the Beast
2014Won People's Choice Award Favorite 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")
Nominated Leo Award Best Direction in a Dramatic SeriesSteven A. Adelson
("Any Means Possible")
Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/FantasyKristin Kreuk
Nominated DGC Craft Award Direction - Television SeriesRick Roseenthal
("Partners in Crime")
2015Won People's Choice Award Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ShowBeauty & the Beast
WonFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ActressKristin Kreuk
NominatedCSC AwardBest Cinematography in a TV SeriesDavid A. Makin
Nominated Canadian Screen Award Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or SeriesCheryl Dorsey, Peter Emmink, Doug McCullough
("Déjà Vu")
NominatedDGC Craft AwardProduction Design - TV SeriesDoug McCullough
("Déjà Vu")
2016Won People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ShowBeauty & the Beast
Nominated Canadian Screen Award Best Visual EffectsRobert Vandenhoek
NominatedAchievement in Visual EffectsJeff Skochko
2017Nominated Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award TV Series CinematographyDavid A. Makin
("Monsieur et Madame Bête")

Broadcast

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. The first four seasons have also been released to stream on Netflix in some regions [40] and made available to purchase on iTunes.

Tie-ins

Novels

A series of tie-in novels, written by Nancy Holder, have been published through Titan Books.

BookTitleRelease date
1VendettaNovember 25, 2014
2Some Gave AllMarch 31, 2015
3Fire at SeaMay 31, 2016

DVD releases

NameRelease datesEp #Additional information
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The First SeasonOctober 1, 2013March 10, 2014April 23, 201422
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season in Review: The Beginning
    • Dressing the Beauty
    • Creating the Beast
    • Commentary on "Pilot"
The Second SeasonMay 19, 2015March 9, 2015December 3, 201522
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season in Review: The Beast is Back
    • From Script to Screen: Creating an Episode
    • Set Tour: The Gentleman's Club
The Third SeasonMay 10, 2016March 14, 2016June 2, 201613
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season In Review: The Beast Strikes Again
    • A Day In The Life Of The Writers' Room
The Fourth SeasonDecember 6, 2016March 13, 2017May 7, 201713
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season In Review: Farewell to the Beast
    • Closing a Chapter – A Fond Farewell
The Complete SeriesMay 30, 2017 [41] 70
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel

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