The CW's Beauty & The Beast coming to the UK on Watch
Written by : thetvking published Sunday 14th October 2012
UKTV have today confirmed that they have completed a deal with CBS Studios International to bring Beauty and the Beast to the UK on premium entertainment channel Watch.
Director of Programme Acquisitions for UKTV Catherine Mackin said "CBS’s Beauty and the Beast feels fresh and contemporary while also encompassing an out of the ordinary feel to it which is perfect for Watch’s viewers. We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with CBS."
CBS Studios International Senior Vice President Europe, Stephen Tague said: "We’re excited that UKTV has acquired CBS’s new take on this classic love story. Beauty and the Beast will appeal to Watch’s younger, dynamic audience, delivering them CBS’s customary high quality storytelling and production values."
The UK air date for Beauty and the Beast will be early 2013 on Watch. The drama stars Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Chuck) as Detective Catherine Chandler, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective.
In the US The CW's latest show Beauty & The Beast begun airing in the US on Thursday 11th October at 9/8C.
Beauty and the Beast is loosely based on the 1980′s series of the same name and is a modern day take on the classic fairy tale. Several years before the start of the series, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess (Nina Lisandrello). While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.
Why not check-out the Beauty and the Beast trailer below. Let me know what you think below in the comments or on twitter @thetvking.
UPDATE: Yesterday we reported that TVWise had reported that Channel 5 secured the UK rights to Beauty and the Beast and will be looking to pair it with the 2nd season Once Upon a Time. However this has since been removed. http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2012/10/channel-5-inks-deal-to-acquire-uk-rights-to-the-cws-beauty-and-the-beast/