Fall Premiere Preview: A Total Beast

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The calendar flips to September this weekend, which means we are mere weeks away from the return of fall television.

In anticipation, TV Fanatic is here to preview the premieres we've seen so far, from the intriguing duo of Elementary... to the glorious notes of Nashville... to The CW's embarrassing reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. Yes, it's that bad.

We run down the problems with this Kristin Kreuk-anchored drama below...

Beauty and the Beast Premiere Pic

When It Airs: Thursdays nights at 9 on The CW.

Who It Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello, Austin Basis, Max Brown, Nicole Gale Anderson, Joe Bishop.

What It's About: A homicide detective (Kreuk) is haunted by the murder of her mother from nine years ago, along with the mysterious individual/creature who saved her life in that incident, army veteran Vincent Keller (Ryan).

Why You Should Watch: Ummm... it's on after The Vampire Diaries and you lost your remote.

Why You Should Be Scared Away: The premise is worn (Keller's "beast" is the victim of a failed army experiment); the dialogue is cringe-inducing (You look pretty good for a dead guy, Kreuk's Catherine Chandler actually utters when she meets Ryan's Keller); the use of a voiceover is trite and insulting; the characters spell out every last detail for the viewers (Keller's brothers were killed on 9/11, "that's why he enlisted," we apparently need Chandler to tell us); and the casting is a joke, most notably a young, handsome coroner (Max Brown) with an Australian accent who, of course, is an instant love interest for Kreuk's detective.

Recommendation: Run away screaming. This is just bad all around. The post-Vampire Diaries spot ought to be reserved for Cult, a pilot I enjoyed, but The CW wants to run that Matt Davis-based drama rerun-free beginning in January. I can't see any way Beauty and the Beast sticks around for long.


And a follow up ... I'd watch "Knitting for Fun", with Kristin Kreuk on Saturday morning if she was doing that show. Some people have all the luck, I mean, I've never been between the sheets with someone that beautiful before.


I don't understand why MickeyG123 has a problem with Kristin Kreuk; at all. I think that she is stunning. She's remarkably beautiful and she's as good an actress as many others out there. I think that the show stands on its feet with a "new" story line. Look at Star Trek 2009! They freaking BLEW UP Vulcan and created a new timeline. Now that was uber fantastic! If I had been Spock, I'd have flown out of harms way (because the big evil ship has just "launched everything" and that way they could have destroyed the ship conventionally and kept the advanced Vulcan Tech. Sorry I digressed. This new timeline opens up lots of stories, just like a departure for B & B could as well. I liked the Secret Circle and if I had my way, The Secret Circle AND this show would be on. Stupid shows like Top Model, 90210, and Gossip Girl would be gone.

Philly ace

I agree with the premise, that is severely lacking. And considering how into the Secret Circle I was last year this just makes me sad. The CW has the potential to at least beat NBC's lineup minus Sunday Night Football and Community.


Why cancel the secret circle for this crap!!! What is wrong with you CW????


Umm, I don't think I can trust this opinion since I've seen the trailer for Cult and it's considered by many critics to be the worst drama premiering this year. Other than Cult, I'd like to see how the CW plays out their other new shows including this one.


Given that Max Brown is an English actor, I doubt his accent is Australian. Speaking as an Australian.


Kristin Kreuk was difficult to watch on Smallville. Now they are trying to ruin Beauty and the Beast with her and a Beast that well, is too pretty to be a Beast. Ron Perlman's Beast set a high mark. With the look, the voice, the wardrobe that reminded women of a romantic era. Catherine Chandler was connected to Vincent in the original series because she was attacked and left for dead. Vincent found her saved her, gave her some of his blood so she wouldn't die and was psychicly connected there after. My only problem with the original was when Linda Hamilton became pregnant in real life and they wrote it into the story, then killed her off.

Spindae 2o

Agreeing completly! The story is so pulled out of nowhere. A lot of plot holes. The only reason I would watch it is Kristin, but I doubt she will reach Spotlight here. :D

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Beauty and the Beast Quotes

Vargas:This is where he lives? A chemical plant?
Cat: He's a researcher, maybe he works from home?
Vargas: Or maybe it's a meth lab.
Cat: Just my type.

Everyone told me it was just a coyote or a bear. This thing I thought I had seen was just a result of my concussion or post traumatic stress. No, the men who killed my mother were beasts. I believed them. Until now.