Some may have felt Kristin Kreuk’s Smallville character, Lana Lang’s romance with Clark Kent dragged the show to a halt. The super hero drama would fall into convoluted emo-driven subplots that action fans didn’t want to be bothered with. Besides, we all knew Superman would someday be with his Lois Lane when he got to Metropolis. In reality, Kreuk was just warming up for what could be an even bigger romantic fantasy, as the lead role in the CW’s modern take on the 1980′s Beauty and The Beast series that starred Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy).
Kreuk will play Catherine, a New York City homicide detective, who is still emotionally damaged from her mother’s murder nine years ago. The killer was taken care of swiftly by Vincent Koslow, The Beast. Using her skills as a detective, she tracks down the Beast, who was the survivor of a military experiment gone bad and strikes up a loving relationship. But no story is that simple and the Beast has secrets and Catherine becomes his protector to the outside world. With Catherine’s job, look for the show to take on, yep, you guessed it–a procedural twist. No word on who will star opposite of Kreuk, but the original series brought stardom for Hamilton and Perlman in their young careers.
The Beauty and the Beast pilot is being directed by Gary Fleder and is writen by Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper who will also serve as executive producers with original series creator, Ron Koslow, and the original producers, Paul Junger Witt & C. Anthony Thomas and Bill Haber. The original series ran three seasons on CBS and was a heavily decorated series, receiving several Emmys and Golden Globes nominations and wins.
After eight years of breaking young Clark Kent’s heart, Kreuk moved on to a recurring role on Chuck as Hannah and the lead in the Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Kreuk bounced around on small films and the Ben Hur TV mini-series on ABC with Revenge star Emily VanCamp. Could this be Kreuk’s big break back into television? The CW has been good luck for her in the past, and now more than ever has fantasy television stormed back onto the scene with Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and Game of Thrones establishing themselves in the last year. What’s to say that Beauty and The Beast couldn’t work on the CW? The romance will play to CW’s young adult demographic and could see it paired up with modern noir and soap story, Ringer, which also brought back a TV favorite in Sarah Michelle Gellar. The network has its own built-in fan base.
The bottom line though is whether or not TV viewers will accept another contemporary spin on another classic television show. Worse yet it’s getting the procedural treatment. Whether it’s movies or TV, the recycling continues in Hollywood and for every successful attempt like Hawaii Five-0, we get failures like Charlie’s Angels, The Wonder Woman pilot, and the Miami Vice movie. This summer we’ll see the return of Dallas on TNT and 21 Jump Street on the big screen with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
Where do you think CW’s Beauty and the Beast reboot will fall?